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You know how, sometimes, you can wait an hour at the bus-stop and then three buses all come along at once? Well – it’s a bit like that with SAR conferences around the shores of the Baltic early this summer.

There is, of course, the IMRF Maritime Mass Rescue Conference in Gothenburg, Sweden. That takes place on 12-13 June, with a live exercise on the afternoon of the 11th as a free extra. You can read more about all this in the next article, or at www.imrfmro.org/homeg4.

But two commercial conferences precede the IMRF’s event. First, TDN’s ‘Maritime Search and Rescue’ will be running in Helsinki, Finland, on 23-24 May. And IQPC have recently announced their ‘Search and Rescue Europe’, which will be held on 30 May - 1 June in Copenhagen, Denmark. Northern Europe is in the happy position of being spoilt for choice!

The IMRF is keen to promote SAR discussion at any time. By talking together, or meeting to hear about SAR developments, we will improve SAR and save more lives: that’s clear. So we recommend those of our readers who are able to attend an event in the Baltic region to look at each of the events on offer, and attend at least one of them.

Our own conference is focussed on mass rescue operations – because we believe it is something that should be focussed on. The other two conferences are more general. IMRF and TDN in particular have agreed that the Helsinki and Gothenburg events should not be seen as ‘either/or’: they are complementary. You can hear about maritime SAR developments in general in Finland, then come to Sweden to discuss mass rescue in particular.

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As TDN say, “SAR has never been more in the spotlight with numerous high profile incidents and innovations leading to a re-evaluation of objectives and capabilities.”

The ‘Maritime Search and Rescue’ agenda includes sections on Maritime Incident Response Groups (MIRG), tackling fires and chemical incidents at sea in the SAR context; Arctic SAR, and ‘optimising intelligence systems in adverse conditions’; first response vessels; ‘exploiting air assets for optimal response’; and a look at unmanned/autonomous systems in future operations. For more detail, visit http://maritime-sar.com.

Details of the Copenhagen conference at the end of May were not available at time of writing, but should be found in due course at https://searchandrescueeurope.iqpc.com.

But northern Europe is not the only place discussing SAR! Visit the Events page to find an event near you. Remember: it’s good to talk!

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