IMRF Announces Finalists for the H.E.R.O Awards 2017

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The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has announced the finalists for the 2017 H.E.R.O. Awards, recognising some of the exceptional individuals and organisations around the world who go above and beyond in maritime search and rescue (SAR).

IMRF Chairman and Trustee, Udo Fox said: "We have received nominations from around the world and we would like to thank all those who entered an individual or organisation for an award. There were many, many extremely worthy candidates and organisations doing inspiring work. We would also like to thank the judges for their deliberations and for deciding on the list of finalists, which we are proud to announce today."


There Are Four Categories in the IMRF H.E.R.O Awards 2017

The winners of the IMRF H.E.R.O. Awards 2017 will be announced at an awards dinner held at the RNLI College, Poole in the UK and online, on 2 November 2017.

Members of the public, SAR professionals and anyone from the maritime industry are encouraged to visit the website, to read more about the finalists and to vote for their People’s Choice H.E.R.O. Award - full details of how to vote for the People’s Choice H.E.R.O. Award will be released shortly.

There will also be a Local IMRF H.E.R.O. 2017 Award given to local SAR H.E.R.O.s, nominated by the event’s hosts the RNLI.

The IMRF H.E.R.O. Awards 2017 judges are Michael Vlasto OBE, former RNLI Operations Director, Nigel Clifford, General Manager Safety and Response Maritime New Zealand, Chris Loizou, Chief Business Development Officer Orolia/McMurdo, France, and António Duarte Monteiro, National Search and Rescue Coordination President, Cape Verde.

The H.E.R.O Awards 2017 are supported by lead sponsors Orolia/McMurdo - global leader in emergency response and readiness and sponsors Inmarsat, global satellite owner and operator which provides mobile and fixed communications services to the maritime industry.

Pole Star, which has been proudly serving the maritime sector by increasing safety and security at sea for 20 years and 8 West Consulting, the company that developed SafeTrx  the vessel tracking smartphone application.

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