IMRF Launches #FutureSAR Report


The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) has recently unveiled its #FutureSAR Report, marking a significant milestone in its ongoing campaign to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on global maritime search and rescue (SAR) operations, says an article published on imrf website.


  • The IMRF launched the #FutureSAR Report to address climate change impacts on global maritime search and rescue (SAR) operations.
  • Funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the initiative aims to identify challenges and propose adaptation strategies in SAR operations.
  • The report covers various sectors of SAR operations like administration, vessel design, equipment, personnel training, and more to understand and mitigate climate-related risks.
  • Key findings include potential impacts of climate change on SAR, speculative scenarios, and recommendations for future rescue operations.

Initiative Overview

The report signifies the completion of the initial phase of the IMRF #FutureSAR initiative, which is generously funded and supported by Lloyd’s Register Foundation. This initiative aims to identify and address challenges stemming from climate change within the maritime SAR industry, with a focus on adaptation strategies.

Report Structure

Structured around various sectors of SAR operations such as administration, vessel design, equipment, personnel and training, operations, stations, and units, the #FutureSAR Report comprehensively covers the anticipated impacts of climate change. It ensures a holistic approach to understanding and mitigating climate-related risks in the maritime SAR sector.

Key Findings And Recommendations

The report delves into the most significant expected impacts of climate change on maritime SAR, acknowledging the speculative nature and varying likelihoods of different scenarios. It not only identifies challenges but also proposes guidance and best practices for future rescue operations.

Future Phases And Solutions

Subsequent phases of the IMRF #FutureSAR initiative will delve deeper into uncertainties and offer more targeted solutions to tackle the evolving challenges posed by climate change in maritime SAR operations.

Industry Perspectives

Caroline Jupe, CEO of the IMRF, highlighted the potential for global collaborative efforts to enhance information sharing and best practices within the maritime SAR community. She proposed the establishment of an international database to improve situational awareness and risk management related to climate change.

The Role Of Technology

Jan Przydatek, Director of Technologies at Lloyds Foundation, emphasized the importance of remaining agile and forward-thinking in adapting to climate change’s impacts. He praised the #FutureSAR initiative for equipping SAR organizations with essential knowledge and approaches to navigate these challenges effectively.


The guidelines outlined in the IMRF’s #FutureSAR Report underscore the urgent need for robust international and national planning, collaborative training, and a shared commitment to common goals and procedures. These efforts are crucial for the maritime SAR community to successfully adapt to the future challenges posed by climate change and ensure the safety and protection of lives worldwide in maritime environments.

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Source: imrf


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