Monday, July 23, 2018

Maritime Awards Don't Get More Prestigious Than These

Safety at Sea Heroes Honoured
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WORLDWIDE – There can be few awards on the seafaring calendar more prestigious than those from the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF). The Awards, formerly known as the HERO Awards, celebrate the heroic feats undertaken every year by ordinary men and women and offer an invaluable way to raise awareness of the excellent work done by all those involved in maritime search and rescue. With this year's nominations due to close on Tuesday 31 July, there is little time left to put someone forward.

The calibre of last year’s entries which came In from around the globe illustrate the bravery of the many involved ranging from a first mate on a dry bulk tanker who jumped into the sea to lead a daring man overboard rescue in rough seas, to a migrant rescue vessel in the Mediterranean which prevented the mass drowning of more than 1,800 people over one weekend.

Two volunteers who had worked tirelessly to establish and build a search and rescue (SAR) organisation from scratch in Croatia were also selected as winners, alongside a team that had created and developed an international SAR programme to train other SAR leaders in drowning prevention in countries where it's a major cause of death. IMRF CEO Theresa Crossley, comments:

"We would like to beat the number of nominations that we received last year (nearly 50). There are undoubtedly many instances of inspiring, exceptional achievements in the world of maritime search and rescue. Act now to raise the profile of the individuals, teams or organisations who deserve recognition for their activities, nominate them for the IMRF Awards!"

The Awards have a range of categories, all designed to give deserving nominees, wherever they are in the world , an opportunity to be recognised for their actions, expertise and skills, when saving lives in exceptional circumstances. There's also a category for innovation and technology, offering an important opportunity to showcase new SAR products, technologies and techniques that could help improve SAR operations and save more lives.

This year's IMRF Awards ceremony and dinner will be hosted by the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (RS) at their new high-tech training centre, RS Noatun near Horten in Norway, following the IMRF's annual European Regional Meeting. The event's hosts will also present an IMRF Local Hero Award 2018, which will be awarded to an exceptional SAR individual from Norway, nominated by the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue.

You can nominate for the four categories of Awards either online, by email or by telephone on by phone 0044 (0)1569 767405. The categories are:

  • The IMRF Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation
  • The IMRF Award for Outstanding Team Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation
  • Innovation and Technology in Maritime Search and Rescue (to recognize technological innovations that improve maritime SAR locally and globally for the rescuer and/or for those being rescued)
  • The IMRF Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Maritime SAR Sector

The IMRF Awards 2018 recognise actions that took place in the period from 01 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. Any individual or organisation anywhere in the world can be nominated for an IMRF Award. All of the submissions will be assessed by a panel of judges and the winners will be announced at an awards dinner hosted by the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue in Norway, on Thursday 8 November 2018.

The lead sponsor for the IMRF Awards 2018 is Orolia Maritime, which is also sponsoring the Team Award for the third year in succession. The Orolia brand portfolio includes McMurdo and Kannad beacons, Netwave's VDR technology and the Orolia Omnicom range of Communication and Tracking solutions.

Inmarsat, the global satellite owner and operator providing mobile and fixed communications services to the maritime industry, is sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award whilst the Individual Award is sponsored by CM Hammar, whose vision is to substantially reduce loss of life by creating better solutions for safety at sea, and the Innovation & Technology Award is sponsored by Pole Star which has pursued marine safety and security issues for two decades.

The Awards Dinner is being sponsored by Swede Ship Marine, builders of professional and exclusive boats and the Local Hero Award will be presented to an individual or team nominated by the Awards host, the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue in Norway, and is sponsored by the Norwegian Seafarers Union and the Norwegian Union of Marine Engineers and NSOF Novsk Sjooffisersforbund.

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