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The Gothenburg Conference Series

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'G3' is the third in the Gothenburg series of conferences organised by the IMRF to consider the problem of maritime mass rescue operations (MROs).

Delegates do not need to have attended the first two, in 2010 and 2012, to get the most out of this one, but there has been deliberate progression during the series.

In 2010 we 'scoped' the problem, raising the issues and hearing from a speakers' panel of international experts.

In 2012 we looked at the issues identified to see what might be done to improve our responses. Discussion groups examined the detail and made recommendations.G3 one2

Now, in 2014, in addition to hearing from an excellent range of speakers and considering the work already done, 'G3' enables discussion of any MRO subject the delegates wish to raise, by using the 'open space' tech-nique.

These conference sessions will begin with no set agenda. Delegates raise the issues and then 'vote with their feet', joining the discussion groups relevant to them, thus setting an agenda to suit themselves.

The Gothenburg conferences have always been about discussion most of all, for we know that the best way to prepare for an MRO is to talk it through with your fellow responders beforehand and to learn from others' experience of these rare but extremely challenging events.

One of the highlights of the 2010 event, for example, was to hear from a survivor and the On Scene Coordinator of the 1994 Estonia disaster, Kent Härstedt and Esa Mäkelä (pictured).

However, the IMRF conferences have not been all about listening and talking: there's been some doing, too. In 2010 delegates watched an MRO at sea; and in 2012 they took part in one, being rescued from liferafts in Gothenburg harbour.

'G3' will also be hands-on, with an MRO simulation and 'ark'-type liferaft trials.

Read about how it all went in the August edition of LIFE LINE!

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