We are delighted to announce that registration, hotel bookings and abstract submission for the World Maritime Rescue Congress 2023 (WMRC 2023) are now open.

There are also sponsorship and exhibit opportunities.

Early Registration Rates expire on 17 March 2023 and the Call for Abstracts is open until 3 February 2023.

As part of the three-day event, the congress is also looking to showcase the international fleet of lifeboats on the Nieuwe Maas river in the centre of Rotterdam. For more details on this aspect, please go to Lifeboat fleet to be in full force at WMRC 2023.


We look forward to welcoming you in June 2023 to the world’s premier maritime search and rescue (SAR) event, which will be held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

SAR people from around the globe will enjoy a full and varied programme, presentations and discussions, as well as an important exhibition – literally something for everyone involved in saving lives at sea. 

The theme for WMRC 2023 is “Towards Sustainable Maritime SAR – Building on Our History to Secure our Future”, which we hope will enable participants to benefit from lessons learnt, whilst getting an insight into innovations, technologies and environmental impact, that will help shape maritime SAR operations of the future. 

Congress Registration includes:

  • Access to All Sessions
  • Access to Exhibit Hall
  • Congress Materials
  • Welcome Reception on Sunday, 18 June 2023
  • Networking Breaks
  • Farewell Reception on Tuesday, 20 June 2023

Early Registration Rates expire on 17 March 2023.


To view the WMRC 2023 - Photos and Promo Video, please go to the WMRC 2023 - Media Gallery.


Book Your Accommodation

For the WMRC 2023 Congress, a limited number of guestrooms at SS Rotterdam hotel, the Congress venue, will be offered to registered delegates at a special rate. 

You must register for the Congress before you can book your accommodation.


Call for Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts for World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) 2023 is open, and you have until 3 February 2023 to get your submission in. 

We look forward to seeing you share your ideas, findings, and successes with colleagues from the Netherlands and the global search and rescue community.