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

Posted in HERO Stories 2017

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

H.E.R.O. Category: For Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation

Anton Tasanen WebsiteRay Burge WebsiteThe Individual Award (new window) recognises an outstanding contribution by an individual in a maritime SAR operation and is sponsored by 8 West Consulting/SafeTrx (new window) .

The finalists are Anton Tasanen (new window) for his skilled and brave rescue of a crewmember overboard using the vessels mooring winch in rough seas near Finland, and Ray Burge (new window) for his quick thinking lifesaving actions which saved a husband and wife caught in strong currents and heavy seas in New Zealand.

H.E.R.O. Category: For Outstanding Team Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation

nsri waterwise 0266 websiteMOAS logo2The Team Award (new window) recognises an outstanding contribution by a team or teams in the maritime SAR ecosystem working together to save lives and is sponsored by Orolia/McMurdo (new window) .

The finalists are the National Sea Rescue Institute WaterWise Academy in South Africa (new window) , which teaches disadvantaged children about water safety educating approximately 330,000 children each year and MOAS (the Migrant Offshore Aid Station) based in Malta (new window) . MOAS has been nominated for its tireless work over the Easter weekend when it rescued over 1,800 desperate people from woefully inadequate boats in the Mediterranean.

H.E.R.O. Category: For Innovation and Technology in Maritime Search and Rescue

The Innovation and Technology Award (new window) recognises new products and technologies developed that improve the work and success of SAR organisations, and is sponsored by Pole Star (new window) .

RNLI Future Leaders Project Team 2016cropThe RNLI Future Leaders Project Team 2016 (new window) , is a finalist for this award, nominated for their programme which focuses on new and developing search and rescue organisations around the world, helping to build individual and organisational leadership.

IMG 3045cropThe other finalist is the MAR-SimNET Project (new window) , an interlinked simulator for maritime disasters which incorporates – for the very first time - the needs of the different stakeholders involved in a complex search and rescue operation. The MAR-SimNET project provides interorganisational training for all the entities involved, from maritime rescue coordination centres to coastal radio stations to SAR vessels on the water and SAR helicopters overhead.

H.E.R.O. Category: The Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Maritime SAR Sector

Branko RamešacropADES LogoredFinally, the Vladimir Maksimov Lifetime Achievement Award (new window) recognises outstanding service to SAR by an individual or organisation and is sponsored by Inmarsat (new window) .

The finalists for this award are Branko Rameša from the Croatian Search and Rescue, Croatia (new window), and ADES (the Association of Maritime and River Rescue of Uruguay) (new window) with special recognition for the outstanding voluntary work undertaken by Captain Ramón Sagüés and Engineer Otto Vicente Muzzio to establish and develop this pioneering SAR institution.

With almost 40 years of SAR experience, Mr. Branko has demonstrated his bravery time and time again, dedicating his life to saving lives at sea. While Captain Ramón Sagüés and Engineer Otto Vicente Muzzio worked as pioneering volunteers in Uruguay to help build the exemplary search and rescue institution that is ADES today.

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 (new window) - global leader in emergency response and readiness and sponsors Inmarsat (new window) , global satellite owner and operator which provides mobile and fixed communications services to the maritime industry.

Pole Star (new window), 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 (new window) the vessel tracking smartphone application.

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H.E.R.O. Awards 2017 Story: ADES (Association of Maritime and River Rescue of Uruguay)

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ADES (Association of Maritime and River Rescue of Uruguay)

…with special recognition for the outstanding voluntary work undertaken by Captain Ramón Sagüés and Engineer Mr. Otto Vicente to establish and develop this pioneering SAR institution.

Association of Maritime and River Rescue of Uruguay


Lifetime Achievement: The Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Maritime SAR Sector

Captain Ramón Sagüés and Engineer Otto Vicente Muzzio worked as pioneering volunteers in Uruguay to help build the exemplary search and rescue institution that is the Association of Maritime and River Rescue (ADES) today.

Captain Sagüés first learnt about ADES through its founder; Mr Julio Ruso in 1955. At this time, ADES was but a few days old and needed support and volunteers, he immediately volunteered.

Over the years, he worked in almost every conceivable role, from crewmember and machinist to coxswain, playing a critical part in many rescues.

In time, Captain Sagüés was appointed as the organisation’s Executive Director and continued to go above and beyond – handling and classifying the spare and accessories section for the whole fleet; acting as the editor for the creation of internal regulations; becoming General Operations manager for the entire fleet; developing strengthened relations between the RNLI and ADES; and acting as a key member and participant in the ILF Conference, Montevideo in 1995.

In his later years, Captain Sagüés continued his work as a volunteer and was unanimously appointed to join the Counsellor’s Commission – advising the board until his death.

Through his hard work and dedication, he is widely regarded as a vital founder of ADES, and was treated with much affection, consideration and respect until the end of his time as a volunteer.

Engineer Otto Vicente Muzzio has dedicated his life to the service of lifesaving. From a young age, he loved the sea, but it was only after 15 years as a civil engineer, Otto discovered that there was no organisation dedicated to the protection of life at sea in Uruguay – unlike most European countries. He helped to establish ADES, working hard on training, public interest and the drafting of all-important statutes.

He quickly gathered volunteers of prestige and conviction, helping ADES to contact the RNLI – enabling them to build the information necessary to create the statute for a lifesaving society.

With a bank loan accepted, the society was able to buy its first lifeboat from the RNLI and begin its lifesaving duties in earnest.

In spite of many operational and equipment deficiencies, many more crew enlisted, working with purpose and passion. From the rescue of Don Pedro’s six crew to the search and rescue operations surrounding the missing Pietrina – ADES has distinguished itself in the field of maritime search and rescue.

Through his pioneering vision and brave determination, Engineer Otto Vicente Muzziois recognised as a vital personality in the creation of ADES.

Through his work and dedication, he has helped to bring about huge change over the last 62 years, an environment of lost life, castaways and casualties is now patrolled by an effective, committed and driven search and rescue team.

The H.E.R.O. Awards 2017

Peter Broadhurst ADES Eduardo Tucci Lifetime Award Theresa CrossleyThe H.E.R.O. Awards 2017

ADES (Association of Maritime and River Rescue of Uruguay) is a finalist and the winner of the Vladimir Maksimov Lifetime Achievement Award 2017.

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The People's Choice Award 2017

Peoples Choice Award Claire Sneddon Eduardo Tucci and Theresa CrossleyThe People's Choice Award 2017

ADES (Association of Maritime and River Rescue of Uruguay) is the winner of the People's Choice Award 2017.

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H.E.R.O. Awards 2017 Story: Branko Rameša

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Branko Rameša - Croatian Search and Rescue - MMPI - Croatia


Lifetime Achievement: The Vladimir Maksimov Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Maritime SAR Sector

Since joining the harbourmaster’s branch office in the town of Tisno, Croatia in 1980, Branko Rameša has been heavily involved in search and rescue.

From grounding to sinking; collision to distress – he has been involved in more than 200 SAR (search and rescue) actions and the total number of lives he has helped to save is difficult to count.

His first SAR action was in the summer of 1980. Using the official wooden boat, six meters long with a 4,4-kW motor, he took part in the search and rescue of a missing diver.

His involvement in SAR actions increased with the launch of SAR boat "LAVSE" in 1989. At that time, "LAVSA" was the only vessel in the area, and it was normal for it to assist with about 10 SAR actions every day.

One notable rescue operation took place in 1992 close to the island of Cres, during an extremely strong Bora wind.

The Elan 43 sailboat, which had begun to take on water, was rescued with six crewmembers by "LAVSA". Over time, the only SAR vessel was joined by two more vessels "JAZA" and later "IBENIK".

Despite having many rescues under his belt, Mr. Branko’s toughest and most demanding SAR events took place in 2005.

The first was the sinking of the “ORIJAK” on the island of Garmenjak Mali (Kornati), where four members of the crew were rescued.

The rescue took place at night from 20.00 to 01.30 hrs, with wind speeds up to 40-45 knots, a sea state of 4-5 metres, and an air temperature of just 4 degrees. The four rescued crew came aboard the "LAVSA" and were found to be hypothermic, but Mr. Branko’s quick reactions meant that they all made a full recovery.

The second rescue took place in November 2005, when Mr. Branko joined the crew of the "IBENIK" and rescued the "MAJA", a sailboat, which had lost its steering capabilities during the Island of Jabuka Regatta.

Again, the rescue was carried out at night, in the middle of the Adriatic Sea, at 35-40 knots (NE). On that occasion, seven sailors were successfully rescued.

With almost 40 years of SAR experience, Mr. Branko has demonstrated his bravery time and time again, dedicating his life to saving lives at sea.

The H.E.R.O. Awards 2017

HERO Awards 2017 Group PhotoThe H.E.R.O. Awards 2017

Branko Rameša is a finalist of the Vladimir Maksimov Lifetime Achievement Award 2017.

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H.E.R.O. Awards 2017 Story: MAR-SimNET Project

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MAR-SimNET Project


Innovation & Technology: For Innovation and Technology in Maritime SAR

In order to prepared for, and be effective in emergency situations, organisations must learn to work together and SAR personnel need to gain as much experience as possible.

This is best achieved through practice and realistic exercises.

But, effective training opportunities structured around complex maritime incidents are very limited, mainly because of high costs, the potential risks to participants in live SAR exercises, and a limited number of participating SAR personnel.

As a result, seagoing authorities all need more training and exercises.

The joint R&D project ‘Maritime Simulators Network’ (MAR-SimNET; 2013-2017) aims to provide this training.

The simulator offers a valuable opportunity to practice difficult navigational situations and communications, to manage bridge resources, while providing training in soft skills too.

The simulator can be used to build experience with global maritime distress and safety systems (GMDSS) devices, and offers for the first time a chance to combine ship handling skills and GMDSS simulation.

However, the MAR-SimNET Project viewed this as just the first step in creating a simulator for SAR purposes.

Real SAR missions do not just involve ships; a real SAR mission also involves the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) and the coastal radio stations. But before the MAR-SimNET Project, MRCC simulators had not yet been developed – thanks to this project, now they have.

The last important players in SAR missions are helicopters, which provide quick transportation of rescue equipment and accident victims, or other assisting units either on-the-scene, or acting as a search unit.

The aim of the MAR-SimNET project was to develop a SAR mission simulator that provided all the interorganisational training for all of the authorities and organisations who might be involved, from the bridge crews of different vessels to helicopter crews and MRCC personnel, whilst also delivering a simulated workplace for the operators of coastal counties and their public-safety response teams.

By evaluating and collating all of the different stakeholder needs into an integrated, interlinked SAR simulator infrastructure, the project has been able to deliver comprehensive training for maritime disaster management and beyond.

The H.E.R.O. Awards 2017

HERO Awards 2017 Group PhotoThe H.E.R.O. Awards 2017

MAR-SimNET Project is a finalist of the Innovation and Technology in Maritime Search and Rescue Award 2017.

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H.E.R.O. Awards 2017 Story: RNLI Future Leaders Project Team 2016

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RNLI Future Leaders Project Team 2016 - Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), United Kingdom

 

Innovation & Technology: For Innovation and Technology in Maritime SAR

Established in 2012, the RNLI’s Future Leaders in Lifesaving Programme is truly innovative.

The programme aims to develop individuals as future leaders of their organisations, empowering them to lead and improve organisational practices and behaviour, thereby significantly enhancing drowning prevention in countries where it is a major cause of death.

The 2016 programme specifically focused on new and developing Maritime Search and Rescue Organisations. Sixteen delegates from nine countries attended the course, which took place in September at the RNLI Headquarters in Poole, UK.

The course was split into three core themes: individual and organisational leadership, operational service implementation and development, and organisational development.

The leadership themes provided delegates with the knowledge and skills required to lead individuals and teams within their organisation.

Topics such as how to identify service levels, how to set up and manage an operational SAR station, and how to deliver appropriate training to maintain your team’s competency levels were covered in the service implementation and development strand.

The organisational development theme covered fundraising, financial management, working with stakeholders, and marketing and media skills.

These structured sessions were facilitated by RNLI subject matter experts, giving the delegates access to a group of individuals who have expert knowledge, skills and experience in their particular field. As well as the structured workshops, this programme gives the participants the opportunity to develop relationships, network, share best practice and learn from each other, as well as create a real sense of community.

After the course, the delegates can take part in a 12-month mentoring programme led by the RNLI which helps them turn their ideas in to reality when they go back to their organisations.

They also join an online forum of previous Future Leaders, so they can continue to share knowledge and skills with each other in the future.

The H.E.R.O. Awards 2017

Rebecca Nixon RNLI Future Leaders Project Team 2016 Steve Wills Award Innovation Theresa CrossleyThe H.E.R.O. Awards 2017

RNLI Future Leaders Project Team 2016 is a finalist and the winner of the Innovation and Technology in Maritime Search and Rescue Award 2017.

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