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World Maritime Rescue Congress 2019

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15 - 18 June 2019

Vancouver, Canada

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Organizing comittee e-mail: wmrc2019-speakers at

Organizers: The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR)

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF)’s World Maritime Rescue Congress takes place every four years. It is, we believe, the largest event of its kind in the world. It is open to all with an interest in search and rescue. The 2019 Congress will be held in Vancouver, Canada, June 15-18, 2019.

Sunday June, 16 and Monday June, 17 will be devoted to a conference based on talks, discussions and workshops. The conference sessions will be divided into three threads, running concurrently, enabling Congress attendees to choose the subjects that most interest them.

Congress theme, and thread headings
The overall theme for WMRC 2019 is Learning from the Past; Looking to the Future – Maritime Search and Rescue in a Dynamic Operational Environment.

The headings of the three conference threads are:

‘SAR operations today’
‘Sharing SAR lessons’
‘The future of SAR’
Thread sub-headings
The following examples are provided as guidance. These are subjects that the program working group would like to see covered during the Congress, but the list is not exclusive. The working group will carefully consider other subjects proposed.

Several of the sub-headings will fit in more than one thread. This is to provide flexibility. The working group will decide where to place papers submitted as the program is filled in.


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