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Maritime Search and Rescue 2019 Conference Highlights
With Search and Rescue missions becoming more and more complex and increasingly reliant on mobile command and control, new platforms are required that can adapt to these types of mission. The Platform focus day will look at a variety of land, sea and air platforms that are being developed to enhance Search and Rescue capabilities. The focus day will look at recent operations and compare this to current and future research and projects, comparing how the two can complement each other.
TRADITIONAL AIR ASSETS
Ensuring a balanced spectrum of assets is key to a dynamic response. Aircraft usually provide fast situational awareness at further ranges and longer duration than surface assets. Therefore, national and international agencies are reviewing how best to deploy fixed wing and rotary assets to optimise a response. This section will explore strategies to exploit air assets through joint programmes and future technology.
UNMANNED AUTONOMOUS PLATFORMS
Searches conducted at sea by helicopters are extremely costly, and the alternative option of using boats can be time consuming. Small, highly manoeuvrable and unmanned aerial vehicles may aid and support search and rescue efforts by providing a rapid response for a fraction of the cost in risk and resources. This section looks at how this capability can be used to aid searches at sea.
VESSEL PLATFORMS PART 1
Whilst response teams around the world search for faster, more resilient and technologically advanced platforms, boats will forever remain a vital part of an emergency maritime response. This section will look at the latest developments in vessels that can provide a fast response in a variety of conditions and what advanced technologies can complement the task.
VESSEL PLATFORMS PART 2
Following on from the previous session. The final session of the day will continue to look at the vital role that ships play in Search and Rescue around the world.
ENHANCING CAPABILITY AND PREPAREDNESS FOR MASS RESCUE OPERATIONS
The increasing tonnage of both cargo and cruise ships, coupled with the rise in vessel traffic has led to an increasingly likely mass rescue scenario. A mass rescue results in complex rescues requiring multiple agencies. The conference will open by looking at recent case studies and the associated challenges in terms of preparedness, tactics and equipment.
EQUIPMENT, TACTICS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Clear, reliable and robust lines of communication are vital for teams working in austere environments and potentially life-threatening situations. A quick response time can make all the difference in ensuring successful rescue operations. This section will investigate potential solutions and new technology for enabling effective tactics and communications.
UNDERSTANDING SAR CAPABILITIES IN THE BALTIC
The Baltic Sea poses unique challenges to all of those who operate within it. The harshness of the environment has contributed to the development of many specialist SAR platforms and techniques that have informed worldwide operations. Rescues have forced closer cooperation between governments and industry that has led to innovation and development that has implications for the international community.
MODERNISATION OF AIRBORNE SYSTEMS
Airborne systems continue to be a key tool search and rescue. The differing challenges of modern search and rescue mean that additional systems need to be added to traditional platforms to enhance capabilities. Options include Plug-and-Play upgrades that allow for quick and easy modernisation of platforms at a cheaper cost than investing in a whole new platform. This session will explore some of the possibilities.
FUTURE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS TO REVOLUTIONISE SAR
Operations requiring an extreme response are pushing Maritime Search and Rescue capabilities to the limit. Expected to respond in a multitude of disciplines, platforms and crews must be equipped with pioneering design and technology. The section will analyse how innovative technology and projects are set to push the boundaries of traditional equipment.
HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY
A rise in hazardous cargo means that nations are having to invest more in equipment that will allow them to conduct a rescue in toxic conditions. Furthermore, with environmental concerns growing about the polluted state of the seas, more time is being spent making sure that hazardous substances do not contaminate the worlds waters.
HOW MULTINATIONAL COOPERATION CAN AID SPECIALIST RESCUES
No single authority can deal with a large-scale maritime incident alone. Commonality in assets and tactics is crucial in developing interoperable teams working across continents. This section explores the unique challenges regarding mass rescue operations and how SAR units can be better prepared to respond to these incidents.