The International Maritime Rescue Federation has appointed specialist maritime corporate communications agency Navigate PR, to manage its media relations and provide strategic communications support.
The IMRF is the international charity focused on preventing loss of life in the world’s waters. Established in 1924, the organisation works with government and non-government search and rescue organisations around the world to prevent the loss of life.
Navigate will be working with IMRF to raise the charity’s profile and awareness of its work, while supporting the charity’s aspirations for global membership growth and funding through intelligent media relations and strategic communications activities.
Photo from left to right: Inigo Mijangos of SMHumanitario, Violeta Moreno Lax of Queen Mary University, Meeting convener MEP Miguel Urban, Bruce Reid IMRF, David Hammond Human Rights at Sea and Elly Schelin MEP.
Voluntary code agreed for NGOs providing maritime search and rescue in the Mediterranean
Ten maritime search and rescue non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have met with representatives of the European Parliament in Brussels. The meeting which took place with the support of MEP Miguel Urban, discussed the on-going humanitarian crisis on Europe’s southern borders, and the Search and Rescue (SAR) NGOs' on-going essential efforts to save life at sea.
The main focus was understanding and agreeing the means and methods of addressing unsubstantiated accusations of unlawful conduct by SAR NGOs in the Mediterranean region, which, if allowed to continue unchecked, will endanger lawful SAR activities.
International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) CEO, Bruce Reid said "We were disappointed that the representatives from the European security institutions did not attend the planned closed door meeting on the first day as there is an urgent need to increase dialogue between the NGOs and these organisations.”
‘Learning from experience’ is the title of our fourth mass rescue operations conference, to be held in Sweden in June: see www.imrfmro.org/homeg4. But it’s not just in such challenging situations that we can usefully learn from each other. And the IMRF is an internationally recognised means of facilitating that learning process.
There is great value in disseminating SAR information – including lessons learned in SAR incidents, accidents, exercises and drills – as widely as possible, so that SAR service personnel can learn from others’ experience and ideas and improve their own preparedness. Why, as they say, reinvent the wheel..?
The Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and SAR (NCSR) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – the technical body looking after maritime matters for the United Nations – holds its meeting in March each year, at the IMO’s headquarters beside the River Thames in London.
As the only non-governmental SAR organisation with consultative status at the IMO, the IMRF always attends NCSR meetings. It is here that the international community agrees issues of fundamental importance to distress alerting and communications and to SAR response. NCSR also acts as the technical Sub-Committee overseeing the editing of the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual. This year the IMRF was represented at the meeting by Rebecca Jeffries and David Jardine-Smith of the secretariat.
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has heard with great sadness of the loss of the Irish Coast Guard rescue helicopter, R116, during an operation in the early hours of 14 March 2017.
IMRF Chair Captain Udo Helge Fox says: "The IMRF, which represents the maritime search and rescue community worldwide, is shocked to hear of this accident. Search and rescue at sea is a dangerous business. SAR professionals do all they can to mitigate the risks, but we cannot eradicate them entirely."
"Sometimes SAR people give their own lives in trying to save others. At the moment, we do not know what has happened to R116, or whether more of the crew will be found. I know that our Irish colleagues will do all in their power to find them, and bring them home. On behalf of the worldwide SAR community, I salute the crew of R116, and we hope for the best possible outcome."
IMRF Chief Executive Bruce Reid adds: "SAR people all over the world are part of one family, united in seeking to save lives, and the SAR world is in shock, like any family. Our thoughts and hopes are with the crew, their loved ones and their SAR colleagues at this difficult time."