Registration is now open. Click here to register for the IMRF's Annual Meeting 2023.

The IMRF is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Annual Meeting on 7-8 November 2023 in Norway. This meeting is kindly hosted by the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (RS) at their Training Centre, RS Noatun, in Horten in Norway, which is located 1 hour and 15 minutes from Oslo. The full agenda can be found below. Directions on how to get to RS Noatun are available here

Registration for this year's annual meeting is now open. To register, please click here. This should only take 5 minutes. This meeting is open to members only. If your organisation is not a member, you can join here

Kindly note that delegates are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel & accommodation. Accommodation is being arranged at RS Noatun Hotel (the venue for this meeting). Click here for hotel booking. Please use the promotional code IMRF23. For more information, kindly contact Noatun Hotel at [email protected]. There is no registration fee to attend, but all participants will need to cover their own costs to attend.

The meeting will be interactive, providing plenty of opportunity for delegates to participate and network as well as deepen their maritime search and rescue (SAR) knowledge on key topics.

The meeting will consist of presentations and workshops on 7 November, followed by an informal networking dinner. On 8 November, there is the opportunity to visit RS’s premises and lifeboats.

The two workshops will focus on our #SARyouOK? Initiative and #FutureSAR project. The #FutureSAR workshop will follow on from sessions held at our World Maritime Congress (WMRC) in June and the #SARyouOK? Workshop will complement the online workshops we are running. These workshops will allow for more in-depth discussions.

There will also be presentations on other topics including our European Lifeboat Crew Exchange, and IMRF panels, as well as the announcement of the IMRF Awards People’s Choice Winner.

Subsequently, on the morning of 8 November, RS will offer a tour of the site, including different demonstrations and lifeboat visits. The event will finish after lunch on 8 November.

The full agenda can be found below.

This meeting is open to IMRF members only. There is no registration fee to attend, but all participants will need to cover their own costs to attend. If your organisation is not an IMRF member, but would like to join, please go here for further details of the benefits of IMRF membership and to fill in our membership application form.

Tuesday 7 November


08:45          Registration


09:00          Opening Remarks – Grete Herlofson (CEO, RS) & Jori Nordström (IMRF Trustee & CEO, FLBI) &      Caroline Jupe (CEO, IMRF)


09:15           Updates on Programmes and Panels

Lifeboat Crew Exchange Programme – Matthew Fader (SSRS)

MRO Project: What Next in 2024 – Clay Evans (IMRF Trustee)

IMRF Panels & Working Groups – Caroline Jupe & Jaakko Heikkilä (IMRF)

#SaferSAR – Jaakko Heikkilä (IMRF)

IMO Update – Caroline Jupe (IMRF)


10:15           Coffee and Networking Break

10:45           Workshop 1: #SARyouOK?

The Mental Shield: Mental Support and Care in the RS Operative Environment

Facilitator: Tomm Fredriksen Gran, HSEQ Officer (RS) & followed by a facilitated discussion


12:30           Lunch Break

13:30           Workshop 2: #FutureSAR           

How Can and Should We as SAR Community Prepare and Adapt to Climatic Change

Facilitators: Katie Young, Head of Performance and Sustainability, Engineering and Supply (RNLI), Berit Letting, Acting Maritime Director (RS), Jaakko Heikkilä (IMRF)


15:30           Coffee and Networking Break

15:45           Member Focuses                         

Facilitator: Jori Nordström, (IMRF Trustee & CEO, FLBI)

Short pre-prepared presentation by IMRF Members

Instructions: 1) A maximum 5 min presentation on a topic relevant to the SAR community, followed by a short discussion, if necessary. 2) Participants must notify the organisers by Oct 15 of their willingness to raise a topic and make a presentation by emailing [email protected]. 3) The organisers reserve the right to choose the topics to be presented and discussed.


16:30           What to Expect in 2024 from the IMRF – Caroline Jupe and Jaakko Heikkilä (IMRF)

16:45           Closing Remarks – Jori Nordström (IMRF Trustee & CEO, FLBI)

17:00           Close of Meeting

19:00           Informal Networking Dinner 

Wednesday 8 November



09:00          Presentation: Drowning prevention

                   National Collaboration and Political Ambitions Vision for Zero Drowning Accidents and Action Plan

Facilitators: Grete Herlofson, CEO (RS), Siv Jensen, CEO (Flyte), Tanja Krangnes, Head of Drowning Prevention (RS)



10:15           Activities

Demonstration of RS’s Drowning Prevention Programme Targeting Youth

Visit to Lifeboats

Tour of RS’s Facilities, Including Pool and Simulator


12:00           Lunch and End of Meeting