Have you ever been part of a mass rescue operation? Do you want to be?
The answer to the first question is likely to be 'no' for most people – and the answer to the second question is almost certain to be the same!
A mass rescue operation is one which is 'characterised by the need for immediate response to large numbers of persons in distress, such that the capabilities normally available to the search and rescue authorities are inadequate'. Or, to put it more simply, this is 'the big one...'
The IMRF's mass rescue operations (MRO) project has included the 'Gothenburg series' of conferences. At the first, hosted by IMRF Members the Swedish Sea Rescue Society in Gothenburg in 2010, we scoped the problem, with presentations by an international panel of experts.
At the second conference, in 2012, the various issues identified were discussed in depth by the delegates, with actions proposed as a result.
At 'G3', to be held again in the fine city of Gothenburg, Sweden, between 1st and 3rd June, we will review the issues and work done to date, and will discuss the next steps.
You can be a part of this – but if you haven't booked your place yet, hurry! Places are limited and demand is high.
The conference will be a mix of expert presentations, with several important case studies; practical exercises, including an 'optional extra' MRO simulation; and an 'open space' discussion for any MRO-related subject you wish to debate.
And don't worry if you missed 'G1' or 'G2'. Although this has been a developing series, G3 is for everyone with an interest in maritime MROs.
The G3 MRO exercise under development in Chalmers University's multi-bridge simulation suite.
The exercise, starting at 1600 on Sunday 1 June, will be an 'optional extra' for G3 conference delegates arriving in Gothenburg over the weekend.
Believed to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world, this simulation will give delegates the opportunity to take part in, or observe, the at-sea element of a mass rescue operation.
Want to be there?
Go to the Events Page now!
We have an excellent international speakers' panel lined up for you at G3. They include:
o Dan Sten Olsson, owner of Stena AB – of which the world's largest ferry company, Stena Line, is a group member.
o Paul Culver, Director of Exercise Black Swan, the biggest live MRO exercise ever run by the US Coast Guard.
o a presentation by a senior Italian Coast Guard officer on the successful SAR response to the Costa Concordia disaster.
o James Instance, Manager of the UK's Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, speaking about a 'deep sea' MRO.
o Chan Kwok Wai, of the Hong Kong Marine Department, on the Lamma IV disaster and a recent cruise ship exercise.
o Steve Scully, a Senior Emergency Planning Officer from the UK, on the shoreside response.
o Toni Fohlin, of the Finnish Border Guard, on the Baltic Sea Maritime Incident Response project.
o Dr Michael Baldauf, giving the World Maritime University's and the IMO's views; and,
o two very different perspectives on the problem of recovering people at sea, from Mattias Kjellberg, Senior Master with Stena Line, and Mohammad Mobarak Hossain, Second Officer of mv Hope, abandoned off Thailand in 2013.
It's not to be missed! Book now:
with your name, organisation and contact details; or visit the IMRF website. See you in Gothenburg!