MCA Wins International Award
We've won a first in the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) Awards 2019, a scheme that recognises excellence in international rescue operations and services around the world.
The IMRF awards scheme is now in its fourth year and the MCA has scooped the top award in the Innovation and Technology category! This recognises the development of an innovative process, technology or piece of equipment that contributes to saving lives in search and rescue (SAR) operations.
The ceremony took place on 10 September on board the HQS Wellington in central London as part of London International Shipping Week.
The MCA’s multi-faceted pathfinder projects to explore the use of remotely operated vehicles in SAR operations has secured the award. HM Coastguard has a wide range of assets and technologies which are used in delivery of functions such as search and rescue helicopters, satellite imaging and detection, radar, search planning software. Drones and new technologies can offer new ways of finding people missing in remote areas.
Phillip Hanson, Technical Assurance Manager for HM Coastguard has led this multi-faceted approach, conducting extensive trials, with industry involvement, to expose weaknesses in both the platforms and their operations, which has led to more innovative solutions using emerging technologies.
A 12-month trial used a range of drone types and multi-agency support, including ground teams, lifeboats and aircraft, which extended the understanding of drone capability and limitations.