Voting has opened for the IMRF’s People’s Choice Award 2019 and the finalist with most ‘likes’ on Facebook at 18:00 GMT on Monday, 9 September 2019, will be announced as the winner.

The IMRF is inviting everyone to vote for the person, team or technology, that they think is most deserving out of all the other finalists, in the short list for this years’ IMRF Awards.

Designed to honour the outstanding skills and commitment of dedicated maritime search and rescue (SAR) professionals and volunteers everywhere, the IMRF Awards also raise awareness of SAR techniques, technologies and equipment that can improve capability for the future.

The finalists for the IMRF Awards 2019 were announced on 1 August 2019, and the full story behind each finalists’ nomination has now been published on the IMRF’s Facebook page: and on Sina Weibo page:

Voting is simple, just visit the IMRF facebook page, read the nominations and 'like' the finalist(s), that you think is the most deserving. 

The finalist with the most cumulative 'facebook likes' at 18:00 GMT on Monday, 9 September 2019 will be declared the winner of the IMRF People's Choice Award 2019.  

The winners of all the Awards will be announced at a presentation ceremony on 10 September 2019, onboard HQS Wellington, during London International Shipping Week.

The Awards will be presented by Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO CB ADC and full details will be posted on the IMRF’s social media channels shortly after the event.

The IMRF is Grateful for the Kind Support of its Sponsors 

Inmarsat, the global satellite owner and operator providing mobile and fixed communications services to the maritime industry, is sponsoring the Vladimir Maksimov Lifetime Achievement Award and the #WomenInSAR Award (

CM Hammar, whose vision is to substantially reduce loss of life at sea by creating better solutions for safety at sea is sponsoring the Team Award ( 

Pole Star, which has been proudly serving the maritime sector by increasing safety and security at sea for 20 years, is sponsoring the Innovation and Technology Award (

Navigate PR is once again sponsoring the People’s Choice Award (