McMurdo, International Maritime Rescue Federation team up for new SAR initiatives

(LONDON and SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France) — McMurdo has announced several key search and rescue (SAR) initiatives through its partnership with the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) to be launched at next week’s World Maritime Rescue Congress in Bremerhaven, Germany.

The joint programs will focus on three key areas:

• Global rescue team training — McMurdo and the IMRF will work with SAR organizations to enhance training on the existing and emerging products and processes used during SAR operations. This training will include distress beacon technology updates, mission control center and rescue coordination center system management and mass rescue procedures. By providing a consistent, common global training framework, rescue efforts will be tightly coordinated across agencies, countries and geographies.

• Artisanal fishery safety solutions — More than 24,000 fishermen die annually on the world’s waterways. McMurdo and the IMRF will work with global fishing authorities to create and implement innovative SAR and vessel monitoring solutions specifically for artisanal fishermen whose smaller fishing boats often lack communications systems, power supplies and safety equipment. This initiative will be one of the first efforts to raise international awareness of the safety challenges facing artisanal fishing operations.

• Migrant transportation safety solutions — In 2014, of the nearly 220,000 migrants and refugees who crossed the Mediterranean Sea, over 3,200 people died in maritime-related accidents. With the number of people attempting the crossing expected to double in 2015, a solution is needed to increase migrant safety while streamlining SAR processes. McMurdo, whose SAR technology infrastructure is used around the world by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Australia Maritime Safety Authority AMSA), Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and other leading SAR authorities, will work with the IMRF to define specific solution requirements for high traffic migration areas including the Mediterranean and Asia Pacific.

“Our vision to build an ecosystem of products, technologies and services that prevents emergencies, protects assets and saves lives is tightly aligned with IMRF’s goal of preventing the loss of life in the world’s waters,” said Randel Maestre, chief marketing officer, McMurdo. “We look forward to working with the IMRF, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other search and rescue organizations to implement these key initiatives and to create a world where everyone — whether on land, in the air or on the sea — feels safe and secure.”

“This partnership with McMurdo will help our charity build on the work we have been doing with the IMO Technical Cooperation Committee and developing SAR organizations to complete the global SAR Plan, a plan which promises to provide a consistency of SAR response and communication that is needed around the world,” said Bruce Reid, CEO, IMRF. “The depth of knowledge of the entire end-to-end search and rescue process McMurdo brings will enhance our industry events, activities and initiatives. The IMRF welcomes McMurdo’s support to help address the challenges we are seeing globally for maritime SAR. By combining our knowledge, skills and influence we can do more to prevent the loss of life in the world’s waters.”

The World Maritime Rescue Congress runs from June 1-4 at the Atlantic Hotel Sail City in Bremerhaven, Germany. Maestre will be presenting “The Evolution of Search and Rescue in the Maritime World” as part of the SAR Coordination session track on Wednesday, June 3.

For more information on the International Maritime Rescue Federation and the World Maritime Rescue Congress, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff