Blog: How MarineTraffic became an invaluable maritime SAR tool
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“Embrace new technologies” risks becoming an empty slogan. Whatever the problem, whether it be meeting sustainability targets, advancing employee wellbeing, navigating supply chain disruption or improving port operations, maritime organisations continue to adopt advanced tools as a means of improving their daily operations For maritime search and rescue (SAR), where lives are at stake, adopting new tools to improve operations and decision making is essential. There is no scope for insufficient use of technology in the maritime SAR industry. MarineTraffic (from Kpler), one of the newest members ..read more
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IMRF launches Rescue Boat Service Implementation Guide
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1w ago
The IMRF has released its first-ever Rescue Boat Service Implementation Guide, which aims to provide organisations with the necessary information and knowledge to develop a Rescue Boat Search and Rescue (SAR) service. The guide was authored by David Whiddon from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and serves as a guidance document that can be adapted to suit the local context and operating environment of the organisation. The guide is divided into bite-sized sections, providing step-by-step information that discuss relevant knowledge and procedures to consider when  implementin ..read more
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Blog: Alex Morkin, Director, SiiTech
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The maritime search and rescue (SAR) industry has a very clearly defined goal: rescuing the greatest number of people in the shortest amount of time. For Alex Morkin, Director at Canadian maritime software company SiiTech, it is the latter part of that goal that is the most important aspect of his work to support the maritime SAR community. “As soon as a ship send a distress signal, that vessel’s exact location should immediately appear on a chart, along with all surrounding vessels that could offer to support. Simultaneously, maritime SAR teams should have immediate access to all the vessel’s ..read more
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Development of Inflatable Rescue Craft
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1M ago
By Clay Evans, maritime historian and retired Canadian Coast Guard lifeboat coxswain Over the last 100 years the forum provided by the IMRF has served as an international clearing house for evolving information on maritime SAR innovations and new technologies developed by its member organisations. A prime example of the value of sharing information in an open format is the introduction and development of inflatable rescue craft. The concept of a “rubber boat” was not new in the 20th Century. In fact, two submissions for the Duke of Northumberland’s Life-boat Design Competition in 1851 included ..read more
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#FutureSAR, Fredrik Falkman, Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS)
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1M ago
The IMRF's #FutureSAR initiative identifies the key challenges the global maritime search and rescue (SAR) industry will face due to climate change. It proposes guidance and best practices to aid rescue operations in the future. As part of this, we spoke with Fredrik Falkman, Head of Innovation at the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (SSRS). Fredrik pointed out that climate change will have diverse impacts on the environment in the various regions where SAR operators are active. He emphasised that the overall perception of SAR organisations will likely change unless substantial actions are taken to ..read more
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Blog: Captain Hilmar Snorrason, Principle at the Maritime Safety and Survival Training Centre, ICE-SAR
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1M ago
After more than 30 years of leading the Maritime Safety and Survival Training Centre (MSSTC) at Icelandic Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR), Captain Hilmar Snorrason is set to hand over the reins to the next generation of SAR professionals. However, his incredible tenure and life experience in the maritime SAR sector have left him with a deep understanding and respect for the daily struggles of seafarers and fishermen. During his tenure at the Icelandic State Shipping Company as a Deck Officer, he operated regular services around the coast of Iceland. Like other Icelandic seafarers and fishermen, he ..read more
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Future SAR Videos
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YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCGq2xfgIPQ YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZOPLfxn6iU YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnHbWpbt84M ..read more
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IMRF launches #FutureSAR Report to address climate change impact on maritime SAR operations
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The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) released its #FutureSAR Report as part of the organisation’s ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the impacts and effects of climate change on global maritime search and rescue (SAR) operations. You can access the full report here.  The report marks the completion of the first phase of the IMRF #FutureSAR initiative, which is funded and supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation. The initiative's purpose is to identify challenges related to climate change for the global maritime SAR industry and provide guidance and best practices f ..read more
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#FutureSAR webinar shows insights into the impact of climate change on maritime SAR
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1M ago
Members of the maritime SAR community gathered on 27 March for the IMRF’s latest #FutureSAR webinar, which was held to celebrate the launch of the IMRF’s #FutureSAR report entitled ‘Tides of Change: Adaptive Strategies for Maritime SAR in a Changing Climate’. Click here to access the full report and Executive Summary, as well as to learn more about the IMRF’s #FutureSAR initiative. The webinar was chaired by Jaakko Heikkilä, IMRF’s International Programme Manager, who highlighted the impact of climate change on the world’s ecosystems and oceans as well as on human health and socio-economic sys ..read more
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IMRF to launch aviation panel for global maritime SAR community
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2M ago
The IMRF is set to launch a global panel that will focus on the maritime aviation search and rescue (SAR) sector as the organisation looks to expand its involvement in new and developing areas of the SAR industry. In its 100 years as a non-governmental organisation, the IMRF has focused almost exclusively on the use of boats and vessels in maritime SAR operations. However, with the extensive use of aviation in modern SAR operations globally, the IMRF believes now is the time for it to expand its knowledge and expertise into this increasingly important sector. “The IMRF has played a significant ..read more
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