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International Maritime Rescue Federation Awards 2022 Now Open for Nominations

27th May 2022
Nominations for this year’s IMRF Awards are now open! Recognising the best individuals, teams, technologies, and achievements in maritimeSAR this year on the front lines and behind the scenes. Nominations close 29 July. Winners announced 19 October. Nominations for this year’s IMRF Awards are now open! Recognising the best individuals, teams, technologies, and achievements in maritimeSAR this year on the front lines and behind the scenes. Nominations close 29 July. Winners announced 19 October. Credit: IMRF-twitter

For the seventh year running, the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards returns to recognise volunteer and professional search and rescue (SAR) personnel from around the world.

From those developing innovative technology and equipment, to those who have dedicated their lives to building and developing maritime SAR services, to those encouraging more women to enter a traditionally male-dominated sphere, the IMRF Awards recognises the best in the maritime SAR sector.

This year’s awards will also shine a light on those colleagues who offer tireless support, training, and planning to enable SAR crews to do what they do, safe in the knowledge that they are all part of the same team.

“The last two years have been particularly challenging as the world has struggled to manage the global pandemic and the impact of global warming on adverse weather events. Regardless of lockdowns, rising levels of infections, and social distancing, SAR responders – volunteer and professional – have continued to answer the call of those in need ,” says Theresa Crossley, Chief Executive Officer, IMRF.

“Their commitment to saving lives has never wavered. They have adapted and transformed their procedures and developed new practices and standards, demonstrating exceptional dedication and remaining ready to help wherever they are needed,” she adds.

 This year’s awards will have five categories that are open for nominations:

  • Individual: For Outstanding Individual Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations
  • Team: For Outstanding Team Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations
  • Innovation & Technology: For Innovation and Technology in the field of Maritime SAR
  • Lifetime Achievement: For Lifetime Achievement in the Maritime SAR Sector
  • #WomeninSAR Award: For inspiring, encouraging and supporting greater participation of women in maritime SAR.

The closing date for nominations is 29 July 2022 and the shortlist will be announced on 19 September 2022. The winners will be announced on 19 October 2022 at the first part of IMRF’s annual European Regional Meeting.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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