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What Are the IMRF Awards

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What Are the IMRF Awards?

The IMRF Awards was brought into life by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) and Orolia/McMurdo in 2016 (then called the H.E.R.O. Awards) to raise awareness and recognition of the hard-working individuals and organisations making maritime Search and Rescue possible.


The IMRF Awards:

minilogoimrf Raise awareness of the excellent work done by all those involved in the maritime SAR community, with the aim of increasing government, commercial and public recognition, support and funding;
minilogoimrf Reward the selfless efforts and achievements of individuals who make sacrifices to save lives, on the water or in support;
minilogoimrf Raise awareness of innovative SAR products, technologies and processes with the aim of spreading ideas for improvement.

IMRF H.E.R.O. Awards 2016 - Programme


12.00 USA & 17.00 Portugal

13.00 USA* & 18.00 Portugal 
    Welcome from Mr Bruce Reid, CEO, IMRF.

13.05 USA* & 18.05 Portugal     Mr Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO, Orolia.

13.10 USA & 19.10 Portugal*
    Welcome from Portuguese Host, Mr Eduardo Neto Felipe, President, Portuguese Platform for Defence Industries.

13.15 USA & 19.15 Portugal*     Captain Udo Helge Fox, Chairman, IMRF.

13.20 USA* & 19.20 Portugal 
    H.E.R.O. Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement presented by Mr Bruce Reid, CEO, IMRF.

13.25 USA & 19.25 Portugal*  
    H.E.R.O. Award for Innovative Technology presented by Captain Udo Fox, Chairman, IMRF.

13.35 USA & 19.35 Portugal* 
    The Local H.E.R.O. Award presented by Captain Udo Fox, Chairman, IMRF, to the MRCC Lisbon & Ponta Delgada.

13.40 USA* & 19.40 Portugal     H.E.R.O. Award for Outstanding Team Achievement sponsored by McMurdo, presented by Mr Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO, Orolia.

13.45 USA & 19.45 Portugal* 
    Mr Peter Broadhurst, Snr VP Safety and Security Services Inmarsat Maritime – A Tribute to Vladimir Maksimov.

13.50 USA & 19.50 Portugal* 
    The Vladimir Maksimov Award for Outstanding Achievement in SAR, sponsored by Inmarsat, presented by Natalia Maksimov.

19.55 USA* & 19.55 Portugal     Closing Remarks by Mr Bruce Reid, CEO, IMRF.

14.00 USA & 20.00 Portugal 
    Ceremonies - Close.

* Denotes location of speech or award

This programme is might change during the evening, subject to events.



Last year, the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) launched the second IMRF Awards - then called the H.E.R.O. Awards - recognising just some of the exceptional individuals and organisations around the world that make maritime search and rescue (SAR) possible.

The inaugural IMRF Awards were a great success, raising awareness of the excellent work done by those involved in the maritime SAR community, recognising outstanding bravery and achievements and highlighting innovative new SAR products and technologies.


We are now seeking sponsors for the IMRF Awards 2018.


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E-mail:  imrfawards@imrf.org.uk

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