The IMRF Asia-Pacific Regional Centre (APRC), based in Shanghai, China, was established in September 2012 to develop maritime SAR resources and capability specifically across the Asia-Pacific region.

Located within China Rescue and Salvage (CRS) state of the art Dong Hai Rescue Bureau in Shanghai, the APRC greatly enhances IMRF capacity to communicate with and to assist maritime rescue organisations throughout this busy region.


In 2018, the APRC has:

delivered the keynote speech at the 7th International Search and Rescue Conference, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia;
co-hosted the East Asia Summit Maritime SAR Workshop, in partnership with China MRCC;
co-organised the 4th IMRF Asia Pacific Regional Development Meeting, in partnership with Donghai Rescue Bureau;
co-ordinated the donation of 2000 lifejackets to the Bangladesh fishermen and presented the Lifejackets Distribution Ceremony in Dhaka, Bangladesh;
contributed to the draft of China MRCC's Mass Rescue Operation Guiding Plan for Cruise Ships; and,
translated several IMO Guidelines and MRO Case Studies and promoted them to maritime SAR professionals across the Asia-Pacific Region.

Photo top: IMRF Trustee Meeting and APRC Board Meeting - October 2017