Nominations are now open for this year’s Awards, which will be held in London on 10 September 2019, during London International Shipping Week.

The IMRF Awards are now in their fourth year, and each year we are both inspired and humbled by the nominations submitted from around the world.

The global maritime SAR community - professionals, volunteers, support staff, trainers, innovators and equipment manufacturers – remains dedicated to saving lives, often in exceptionally challenging and dangerous situations.

And yet, too often, they are ‘unsung heroes’...

We are looking for nominations in the following categories:

Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation
Outstanding Team Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation
Innovation and Technology in the field of Maritime SAR
The Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Maritime SAR Sector

We need your help to make sure that the 'unsung heroes' from your team or organisation are given the recognition that they deserve.

So, please take some time to think about your colleagues, the people you know across the industry, the teams or the innovative products and services that help your organisation go that extra mile during SAR operations – and nominate them for an IMRF Award NOW!

The activity or event to which the nomination relates must have taken place between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019.

Further details about the Award categories, as well as information on how to make an Award nomination can be found at