"The G4 conference provided a great opportunity to combine practical experience from around the world with the latest research on procedures and technologies for managing mass rescue operations. I was able to meet many valued colleagues, made new friends and now I am looking forward to seeing everyone again in Gothenburg in 2021."

Thomas Luebcke, Head of Research & Development, DGzRS


The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is delighted to announce our latest International Mass Rescue Conference (G5), to be held on 17-19 October 2021 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

This is the fifth of the IMRF highly acclaimed international conferences on maritime mass rescue operations (MROs), known as the 'Gothenburg series'. The conferences are hosted by the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS)

New for 2021 will be sessions on Safeguarding the Mental Health of SAR Responders and on Conducting Safe SAR Operations During a Pandemic.

The theme for the conference is 'Sharing Experience in Challenging Times'

The conference will provide opportunities for participants to learn from MRO case studies, as well as discuss some of the associated aspects of dealing with MROs, such as the impact on the SAR responders themselves, as well as the different available tools and technologies that could help with MROs.

A feature of the Gothenburg conferences has been the chance for participants to discuss these and other topical issues with some of the world’s leading experts on MROs – people who have faced the challenges that MROs present at first hand.

The sessions on Safeguarding the Mental Health of SAR Responders and Conducting Safe SAR Operations During a Pandemic will also be led by experts in these fields and will provide an opportunity to discuss and share experiences on these key topics.

If you’ve attended one of our conferences before, you will know that they are different, challenging, focused, fun – and, most of all, interactive.

And, as usual, there will be a live exercise element to the conference, on the afternoon of Sunday, 17 October 2021, which you will not want to miss! 

If you are in the shipping or offshore industries, or emergency response organisations at sea or on land, you should attend this key event

Conference Fees Are as Follows

Extension Early Bird Rate - Extended until 31 March 2021

For IMRF Members: (except IMRF Supporters): £360 per person.

For Non-Members:  £560 per person.

Normal Rates after 31 March 2021

For IMRF Members: (except IMRF Supporters): £490 per person.

For Non-Members:  £715 per person.

Included in the Conference Registration Fee

• Transport between the venue and the conference hotels
• Refreshments on Sunday afternoon
• Lunches Monday & Tuesday
• Dinner on Monday evening

The only additional costs will be your travel, accommodation and meal on Sunday evening – and we have negotiated some very special conference hotel rates too!

But hurry! There are only 140 places available.

“It is the sharing of ideas, the little gems of wisdom particularly in a Mass Rescue Operations environment, when you come to a G4 conference organised by the IMRF you get the collective wisdom of the SAR planet.”

Paul Craven, RCC New Zealand Operations Manager - 2017 G4 MRO Delegate

How to Register

Click on the following link "Registration Form", or on the button "Book" at the bottom of the page to register.

The online form can register up to 5 people, but if you if wish to register more than 5 people, just click on "Book" again to restart the form, or send the names and e-mail addresses to [email protected]

How to Pay

Please indicate on the registration form how you wish to pay. We accept PayPal, Credit Card, or you can request an invoice if you wish to pay by bank transfer. We will then send you the invoice/e-mail portals based on your choice and number of participants indicated on the registration form.


We have negotiated some very special conference hotel rates too.

Accommodation Details

Sponsorship and Membership

For more information about sponsoring the G5 conference, please visit the "G5 Conference - Sponsorship Opportunities" page. 

For more information on how to become an IMRF Member visit our "Membership of the IMRF" page and click "Join Now", where you can complete the Membership Form.

If you have any questions about sponsorship, or about Membership, please e-mail [email protected].

IMRF International Mass Rescue Conference G5 – COVID-19 Contingency Planning

The IMRF has been at the forefront of  international efforts to establish guidance for the safe operation of SAR services during pandemics and other health emergencies. Although we intend that the conference will take place in person, we have to recognise the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation internationally. 

As a result, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme, or the logistics for the conference, including the planned live exercise, to take account of the prevailing COVID-19 restrictions or guidance.

The IMRF takes the safety of its conference delegates extremely seriously and will communicate any changes to the conference in good time, as the situation permits. 

In particular, we intend to review in June 2021 whether a physical conference in October 2021 is likely to be feasible.

If we do not consider a physical conference to be feasible, we will move the G5 conference to Spring 2022, still in Gothenburg, Sweden, and will automatically roll over all registration fees.

We will communicate the outcome of this review in June 2021.

How to Cancel

Please download the following Conference and Cancellation Policy regarding cancelling your registration and refunds. 

If you have any other questions regarding the International Mass Rescue Conference (G5), please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].  

Photos from SSRS