The IMRF Awards 2019 This year’s IMRF Awards ceremony will take place at lunch time on 10 September 2019, onboard the HQS Wellington in central London, as part of London International Shipping Week 2019. The IMRF Awards (now in their fourth year) seek to recognise the achievements of individuals, teams, organisations or companies, who have demonstrated professionalism and dedication to saving lives in the field of maritime Search and Rescue (SAR). The Awards have also been instrumental in raising awareness of search and rescue technologies, processes and equipment which can help to save more lives. There are a four Awards categories, where the winner will be decided by the Panel of Judges: Individual; Team; Innovation and Technology; and Lifetime Achievement. The 2019 Award Judges are Michael Vlasto (Former Chair, IMRF), Nigel Clifford (Maritime New Zealand), Stein Solberg (formerly of JRCC Stavanger), Jared Blows (head MRCC Cape Town) and PAt Quealey (latterly CEO, RCMSAR) This year, for the first time, there will also be a Women In SAR Award, which was announced at the recent World Maritime Rescue Congress in Vancouver. This Award is part of the IMRF's support for the IMO's Empowering Women in Maritime initiative and will go to an individual who is a role model for women and girls involved in maritime SAR. For more details of the Nomination Categories, please click HERE. In addition, there will be a People’s Choice Award, with the winner chosen by the public from among the Finalists in the other four Nomination Categories. Voting for this Award will take place via social media and will open in the week leading up to the Awards ceremony itself. More details of how to vote will be posted on the IMRF website, once the Finalists have been announced. .