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About the IMRF Awards

About the IMRF Awards

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards aim to recognise some of the exceptional individuals and organisations around the world that make maritime search and rescue (SAR) possible.

The IMRF Awards (formerly known as the H.E.R.O. Awards) have proved a great success in the previous years, raising awareness of the excellent work done by those involved in the maritime SAR community, including highlighting innovative new SAR products and technologies.

We have four categories one can make a nomination in:

minilogoimrf3 Individual Award   - for outstanding individual contribution to a maritime SAR operation;
minilogoimrf3 Team Award – for outstanding team contribution to a maritime SAR operation;
minilogoimrf3 Innovation & Technology Award - for innovation and technology in maritime search and rescue;
minilogoimrf3 Lifetime Achievement Award – for outstanding contribution to maritime search and rescue ‘The Vladimir Maksimov Award'.

The Nomination form will be open in the near future. Watch this space ....

The IMRF Launches 2018 Awards and Calls for Nominations

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Maritime search and rescue saves lives – now is the time to nominate exceptional individuals and organisations for an IMRF Award

The IMRF has launched the IMRF Awards 2018 and is calling for nominations and entries from around the world. These Awards were specifically established to recognise and reward the selfless efforts of search and rescue (SAR) operators around the world, who make many sacrifices to save lives at sea.

The IMRF Awards also showcase new search and rescue products, technologies and techniques that could help improve search and rescue operations and save more lives. This year’s Awards ceremony and dinner will be hosted by the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (RS) at their new state of the art training centre, RS Noatun near Horten in Norway, following the IMRF’s annual European Regional Development Meeting.

Entries are now invited for the four IMRF Awards 2018 categories:

Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation

Outstanding Team Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation

Innovation and Technology in Maritime Search and Rescue

The Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Maritime SAR Sector.

Theresa Crossley, CEO IMRF said: “We are calling for entries to this year's IMRF Awards, which recognise some of the many unsung heroes who’ve saved lives at sea.  The Awards – now in their third year - are gathering significant international recognition. In 2017, there were more than 40 nominations from around the world, all demonstrating exceptional courage, determination, perseverance, or expertise in their efforts to save lives at sea. Last year's winners included an established SAR organisation, which had set up training schemes in parts of the world with limited SAR provision; volunteers carrying out migrant rescues in the Mediterranean; off-duty SAR professionals acting quickly and professionally in a life-threatening situation; and a ship’s crew carrying out successful man overboard rescues in terrifying conditions..."

“...Far too many people around the world still lose their lives at sea, but the IMRF Awards offer an opportunity to recognise the individuals and organisations working to reduce the numbers of people dying in this way.”

There will also be an IMRF Local Hero Award 2018, which will be given to an exceptional local SAR individual nominated by the event’s hosts, the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue.

Rikke Lind, CEO of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue, said: “This is a great honour. We look forward to hosting both this year’s IMRF European Regional Meeting and the IMRF Awards 2018 at RS Noatun, our new training and adventure centre for maritime safety, located just outside Horten, on the shores of the beautiful Oslo Fjord in southern Norway. Our goal for the European Regional Meeting and the IMRF Awards is – in close cooperation with the IMRF – to put together a program that will engage all of our colleagues who travel to Norway in November. As for the IMRF Awards, we hope to create a magical evening, to give the winners of these prestigious awards the attention they deserve.

Nominations can be made online by Tuesday 31 July, 2018 at: http://www.imrfawards.org/nomination-form-imrf-awards

The IMRF Awards 2018 recognise actions that took place, or were completed, in the period from 1 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 IMRF is grateful for the kind support of its sponsors.

The lead sponsor for the IMRF Awards 2018 is Orolia Maritime, which is also sponsoring the Team Award for the third year in succession. Navigation safety has been the core of Orolia Maritime’s Emergency Readiness and Response heritage over the last seventy years, leveraging globally trusted safety solutions, fleet management technology and maritime legislation expertise. Orolia Maritime’s leading edge Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing solutions protect and augment critical GNSS dependant vessel infrastructure, while its brand portfolio includes McMurdo and Kannad beacons, Netwave’s VDR technology and the Orolia Omnicom portfolio of Communication and Tracking solutions. (Orolia Maritime - trusted for safer journeys www.orolia.com).

Inmarsat, the global satellite owner and operator providing mobile and fixed communications services to the maritime industry, is sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award (www.inmarsat.com)

The Individual Award is sponsored by CM Hammar, whose vision is to substantially reduce loss of life at sea by creating better solutions for safety at sea (www.cmhammar.com).

The Awards Dinner is being sponsored by Swede Ship Marine, builders of professional and exclusive boats for the most demanding customers worldwide (www.swedeship.se).

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The Sponsors & Host of IMRF Awards 2018​

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Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue

Host of the

IMRF Awards 2018 & IMRF Full Members

Orolia Maritime

Lead Sponsor of the

IMRF Awards 2018 &
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CM Hammar

Sponsor of the

Individual Award 2018 (new window)


Sponsor of the

Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 (new window)

Swede Ship Marine

Sponsor of the

IMRF Awards Dinner


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Sponsor of the

Innovation & Technology IMRF Award (new window)


NSOF Norsk Sjooffisersforbund  

Sponsors of 

Local Hero Award (new window)

Norwegian Seafarers Union  

Sponsors of the

Local Hero Award (new window)

Norwegian Union of Marine Engineers

Sponsors of the

Local Hero Award (new window)


Hansen Protection

Sponsors of  the

Local Hero Award (new window)


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Sponsors of 

People's Choice Award (new window)


For more information about our Sponsors and Host, visit The 2018 Sponsors & Host page.

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