The IMRF’s prestigious World Maritime Rescue Congress is held every four years, in conjunction with our Quadrennial General Meeting, when our progress over the preceding four years and our strategy for the next four are reviewed. Our 2015 Congress in Bremerhaven, Germany, was a great success: see the August 2015 edition of LIFE LINE.
Although 2019 may seem a long way off, it is only three short years away, and the planning begins even at this early stage. The IMRF’s Board has been very pleased to accept the kind invitation of IMRF Members Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCM-SAR) to hold the next World Maritime Rescue Congress in Vancouver, in western Canada, on 5-8 August 2019. We can guarantee that you will want to be there! Watch our newsletter and website for further details as they are agreed.
RCM-SAR President Greg Miller says: “We sincerely look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver and Canada. For many years we have enjoyed the generosity of our friends around the world. We hope we are able to repay that kindness in some small way during your stay with us.
“Canada is a really big place, with over 200,000km of coastline – four times longer than the next biggest country. Add in the tens of thousands of lakes and you can see why most Canadians have a close attachment to the water. Vancouver itself is one of the most diverse, livable, and green cities in the world, nestled between ocean and mountains. The Port of Vancouver is the busiest and largest port in Canada and will bustling with traffic both day and night.
“From your friends at the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, we are truly glad that you will have this opportunity to join us and we very much look forward to your visit.”
Photos courtesy RCM-SAR and Tourism Vancouver