Sea rescue, innovative lifesaving equipment, personal commitment and organizational capability, all feature in the International Maritime Rescue Federation’s (IMRF) short list for the H.E.R.O. Awards, introduced for the first time this year.
The H.E.R.O. Awards have been developed in cooperation with IMRF partner, McMurdo, a global leader of emergency readiness and response solutions, and will draw attention to the life-saving work done in maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) across the world.
Entries come from across the world, including organisations and individuals as far afield as China and the United States to Bangladesh and New Zealand.
The categories for the awards include team, individual, innovation and technology and the first H.E.R.O. Award for outstanding service to maritime search and rescue, ‘The Vladimir Maksimov Award’, sponsored by Inmarsat.
The sponsorship is seen as a fitting tribute to Vladimir Maksimov, Inmarsat Director of SOLAS Services, who died on 4th May 2016 after a short illness, following 25 years with Inmarsat.
Mr Maksimov played a central role in the Inmarsat safety team.
“These awards have revealed the extent of the dedication, selflessness, courage and imagination that exists in the global search and rescue community,” said Bruce Reid, CEO, IMRF,
“They reflect the range of skills – from leadership and communication to practical search and rescue and lifesaving invention – that make this community so special and so vital to prevent loss of life in the world’s waters.”
In addition to local award recipients in both locations, the four major awards will be presented as follows:
The Vladimir Maksimov Outstanding SAR Service Award (Sponsored by Inmarsat)
Short listed for the ‘The Vladimir Maksimov Award’ are Mohammed Drissi, who has worked selflessly as the Regional Coordinator for IMO for the Rabat, Morocco SAR region linking 6 bordering countries.
Bat-Amgalan Gursuren, who is Head of Search and Rescue Branch of Emergency Management Department in Selenge province, Mongolia.
Linde Jelsma, of KNRM in the Netherlands, who began work on the IMRF Lifeboat Crew Exchange programme in 2012 with a pilot exchange and, as Head Coordinator, has been key to its developing success ever since.
And Mattias Wengelin, based in Uganda, whose nominators describe him as “a role model for younger men/women, who are considering international development as a possible path.”
|Mohammed Drissi||Bat-Amgalan Gursuren||Linde Jelsma||Mattias Wengelin|
Search and Rescue Individual Excellence
The short listed individuals are Captain Hervé Lepage, Master of CMA CGM ROSSINI and his crew from France, who have been nominated for the highly commendable and professional skilled search and rescue of the crew of the upturned catamaran Llama Lo of the South African Wild Coast on the 18th October 2015.
Mania-Maria Bikof and her team of lifeguards from Lifeguard Hellas, who left their homes, families and work to live in a tent on the beach in Lesbos, Greece.
And Lars G. Solvik, who has been employed in the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue (RS) since 2002 and played a key role in RS’s first international operation, Operation Poseidon.
|Captain Hervé Lepage||Mania-Maria Bikof||Lars G. Solvik|
Search and Rescue Team Excellence (Sponsored by McMurdo)
The team short list is: from India, Captain Shashi Prakash, Crew and RCCNZ, who led a 22-crew operation diverting his vessel, the Southern Lily, 175 nautical miles to reach a damaged yacht struggling in treacherous conditions off the North-West of New Zealand.
The Proactiva Open Arms Team from Spain, for the traumatic rescue of several hundred victims of people smuggling, whose vessel broke apart in the sea of Lesbos with considerable loss of life.
And Rescue 936 the civilian helicopter SAR team based at Caernarfon in North Wales for undertaking several rescues, in very hazardous conditions, of men, women and children across North West England during Storm Desmond.
|Captain Shashi Prakash, Crew & RCCNZ||The Proactiva Open Arms Team||Rescue 936|
Award recipients will be recognized in McMurdo’s state-of-the-art Experience Center, which showcases the latest search and rescue (SAR) technology developments and real-time demonstrations of the SAR process.
Co-founded by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) and McMurdo, the H.E.R.O Awards honor individuals and teams for their courageous SAR life-saving and recovery missions, as well as innovative technologies to support future missions.
The ceremony will be simulcast with the IMRF Regional Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.
TOPIC: Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations (H.E.R.O) Awards Ceremony
WHEN: Nov. 15, 2016, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: McMurdo Search and Rescue Experience Center, 4296 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, Maryland, 20706
WHO: These IMRF and McMurdo executives will provide remarks and be on hand to welcome award recipients and invited guests:
- Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO, McMurdo Group
- Bruce Reid, CEO, IMRF
- Mark Cianciolo, General Manager of Aerospace, Defense and Government Programs, McMurdo Group
(McMurdo is a global leader in emergency readiness and response including market-leading search and rescue and maritime domain awareness solutions. Courtesy of McMurdo and YouTube)
McMurdo is a global leader in emergency readiness and response, with the only end-to-end solutions for search and rescue (SAR) and maritime domain awareness.
Fully half of the world’s SAR satellite ground infrastructure have been installed by McMurdo, and McMurdo has manufactured 25 percent of the world’s 500,000 registered beacons.
Hundreds of customers around the world-including NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Coast Guard and others in the aerospace, defense and government sectors-have trusted McMurdo to prevent emergencies, protect assets and save more than 40,000 lives since 1982.