The IMRF Awards recognise volunteers and professional search and rescue (SAR) personnel from around the world. From those developing innovative technology or equipment, to those involved in multi-agency rescues, to those who have dedicated their lives to building maritime SAR services in their region, this is the opportunity to showcase the excellent work done by SAR personnel and organisations over the past 12 months.

This year’s awards will have five categories that are open for nominations:

  • Individual: For Outstanding Individual Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations
  • Team: For Outstanding Team Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations
  • Innovation & Technology: For Innovation and Technology in the field of Maritime SAR
  • Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement: For Lifetime Achievement in the Maritime SAR Sector. This award is sponsored by Inmarsat, the world leader in global mobile satellite communications, providing safety communications at sea since its inception by the International Maritime Organization in 1979 (
  • #WomeninSAR Award: For an Individual who has made an Outstanding Contribution to Improving Equality of Opportunity for Women and Girls in Maritime SAR. This award is sponsored by HamiltonJet, the developer of waterjet and control systems that deliver manoeuvrable, reliable and safe propulsion for SAR vessels. (

The closing date for nominations is 31 July 2023 and the shortlist will be announced on 29 September 2023. The winners will be announced on 18 October 2023.

To find out more about the IMRF Awards, click here.