The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has announced the launch of its #SaferSAR initiative, which will look to enable global search and rescue (SAR) organisations to better collect, analyse and share maritime SAR incident response data in a bid to enhance future maritime SAR response operations.
The initiative, which is being funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, will encompass a 12-month feasibility study for a globally accessible platform that SAR personnel and organisations can use to share lessons and best practices identified in SAR response, incidents, accidents and exercises to improve safety at sea.
“All leading marine accident investigation branches, like the United Kingdom’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) or Germany’s Bureau of Maritime Casualty Investigation (BSU), as well as SAR organisations and government bodies, analyse and publish reports on maritime incidents and lessons learnt,” said Caroline Jupe, Chief Executive Officer of the IMRF. “However, there is no global system that collates this SAR data, analyses it for trends, patterns, or particular safety concerns and then disseminates these findings more widely.
“While SAR delivery ranges from country to country and organisation to organisation, at its core the principle remains the same: saving lives and rescuing people in distress in the world’s waters. By sharing data and experiences more effectively, global SAR organisations can develop greater understanding and safer operations to drive that principle. This way the global community can also assist organisations that do not yet have the adequate resources to collect such information themselves, by providing information on identified safety risks,” she added.
Olivia Swift, Senior Programme Manager at Lloyd’s Register Foundation, said: “Global safety challenges around maritime activity are vast, and it is vital that the maritime sector has access to the best possible information on evolving risks and how to mitigate them. We are pleased to partner with the IMRF on the #SaferSAR initiative to help SAR organisations reduce these risks and enhance the safety of the maritime sector more widely.”
The IMRF will work closely with a number of key industry stakeholders and SAR organisations during the study, including its own membership of more than 120 SAR organisations, governmental and non-governmental bodies, and service providers from over 50 countries.
In the first phase of the initiative, the IMRF is looking for information and views on sharing safety data in SAR organisations. Those interested in helping can do so by answering its baseline survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/saferSAR.