Monday, November 12, 2018

Search and Rescue Cooperation Cemented with New Memorandum of Understanding

Maritime Safety Charity and Professional Seamen's Representatives Work Together
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WORLDWIDE – Global charity the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), which brings together the world's maritime search and rescue organisations to share lifesaving ideas, technologies and experiences, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Nautical Institute, an international representative body for maritime professionals in control of seagoing ships. The two intend to cooperate on projects that support both organisations shared objective to improve safety at sea. Captain John Lloyd, CEO of The Nautical Institute, said:

"Safety at sea and supporting those in peril is a key component of maritime tradition and professionalism. Through this MOU we will increase awareness in shared areas of concern and be stronger at promoting best practice."

The MOU commits both organisations to exchanging information and technical cooperation in areas of mutual interest, and to harmonise training standards and guidelines across the industry while jointly promoting issues which relate to the safety of mariners and others at sea. Theresa Crossley, CEO of IMRF, said:

"I am delighted to sign this MOU with The Nautical Institute, as our organisations' objectives are closely aligned. I am sure that there will be many opportunities to collaborate and share expertise moving forward which will benefit both organisations. Our 112 members come from 50 countries around the world and their maritime search and rescue operations save the lives of national and international mariners around the world every day, every week, every year."

Representatives from the IMRF and The Nautical Institute will also participate in each other's workshops and seminars and will work together in the future on joint proposals and initiatives. The Nautical Institute will be represented at the IMRF's World Maritime Rescue Congress, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada in June 2019.

The IMRF, founded originally as the International Lifeboat Federation links search and rescue (SAR) bodies worldwide whilst the Nautical Institute works to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world.

Photo: Theresa Crossley CEO, IMRF and Capt. John Lloyd, CEO Nautical Institute.