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Watch Kitack Lim’s video message to WMRC 2019 #WomenInSAR

Welcome to WMRC 2019 from Kitack Lim, Secretary General of The International Maritime Organization - 17 June 2019 #WomenInSAR Read more

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO CB ADC(P) to present the IMRF Awards 2019

We are delighted that Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO CB ADC(P) has agreed to present the IMRF Awards 2019 during London International Shipping Week. Read more

The Estonian Maritime Expedition to Celebrate the Discovery of Antarctica 200 Years Ago - July 2019 to February 2020

The Estonian maritime expedition to celebrate the discovery of Antarctica 200 years ago will take place from July 2019 to February 2020. Read more

Last Call for IMRF Award 2019 Entries - Four Days to Go

There are now only a few days left to enter your nominations for the International Maritime Rescue Federation Awards 2019 Read more

Last Call for Maritime Rescue Award Entries

The 2019 International Maritime Rescue Federation Awards are open to anyone who has saved lives at sea: Deadline 30 June Designed to raise awareness of search and rescue techniques, technologies and equipment, the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards are now in their fourth year. Read more

International Maritime Rescue Federation Elects New Board

IMRF members elected their new Board of Trustees yesterday (18 June 2019) at their Quadrennial General Meeting (QGM) in Vancouver. The meeting followed on from the 4th World Maritime Rescue Congress, which brought together maritime search and rescue specialists and equipment providers from around the globe. Read more

Meet the new Board of Trustees

Meet the new Board of Trustees - elected at the QGM in Vancouver on 18 June 2019. Read more

#WomenInSAR

Welcome to WMRC 2019 from Kitack Lim, Secretary General of The International Maritime Organization - 17 June 2019 #WomenInSAR Read more

Look Back and Look Forward

This has been a very busy 4 years for the IMRF. We have consolidated our position as a source of expert advice on maritime SAR, particularly through our work on the revision of the IAMSAR manuals; we have continued to work with IMO and other delivery partners to improve maritime SAR capability around the world ... Read more

IMRF QGM 2019 Nominees Standing for Election

The IMRF QGM is open to all eligible IMRF members and will take place on 18th June 2019 from 08:30-13:30. Read more

World Maritime Rescue Congress 2019 – It’s Coming Together!

The World Maritime Rescue Congress is all about the global SAR community coming together – to network, share and learn – and the IMRF secretariat team are happy to say that the Congress programme has come together nicely too. Read more

Welcome to Vancouver

On the occasion of the 4th World Maritime Rescue Congress, it is our great honour to welcome you to Vancouver. Read more

Welcome to the IMRF World Maritime Rescue Congress 2019

The first time lifeboat services presented themselves to a broader public was at the world trade shows initiated in the second half of the 19th century. It is known that rescue boats were displayed at the EXPO in Paris in 1867, for example. Read more

World’s Maritime Search and Rescue Experts Gather in Vancouver

Some of the world’s leading maritime search and rescue experts will be meeting in Vancouver, Canada to share knowledge and improve their skills this weekend (15-18 June). Read more

Shine the Spotlight on Exceptional Team Members and Game-Changing Innovations, says IMRF

The IMRF (International Maritime Rescue Federation) Awards 2019 are now open for nominations, offering a chance to recognise incredible people, new innovations and technologies that make saving lives at sea possible, even in the most difficult and demanding circumstances. Read more

Nominate for the IMRF Awards NOW: Maritime SAR Organisations Urged to Celebrate Successful Rescue Operations

The highly regarded IMRF Awards are in their fourth year.  They attract nominations from around the world, covering everything ... Read more

Celebrating Women in Maritime Search and Rescue

There are women in lifeboat crews, women leading national and international search and rescue organisations and women developing innovative technologies to help save lives at sea – on International ... Read more

Preparing for Major Incidents in the Caribbean

A mass rescue operation – indeed, any incident beyond ‘everyday’ capability – is a challenge for any State and any SAR organisation; but this is particularly so for small States and organisations, whose planning and response capabilities are naturally limited. Read more

Singapore Maritime Week - 6-14 April 2019

Driven by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) gathers the international maritime community for a week of flagship conferences, dialogues, ... Read more

New Skillshare on Fundraising and Communication, 17th-19th September 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden

Following the success of the KNRM-hosted June 2017 conference in Zandvoort, The Netherlands, a new skill-share meeting dedicated to fundraising and communication will be arranged in September, 17-19th, 2019. Read more

SAFETY 2018 World Conference - Best Poster Award

On behalf of Sri Lanka Life Saving, congratulations go to Ms. Jeewanthi Ekanayake (Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka) for ... Read more

IMRF at the IMO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR) is the lead technical SAR forum at the international level. Read more

IMRF Trustee Nominations

With the next World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) rapidly approaching, it is also time to consider the forthcoming IMRF Quadrennial General Meeting (QGM). Read more

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2019

Nominations are now being sought for the 2019 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea. Read more