22nd - 24th May 2018
Helsinki, Finland

Focus Day 22nd May 2018
Organised by info@tdnuk.com +44 (0) 1245 407 916

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08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman’s opening remarks

Andrew Winbow , Former Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Maritime Safety Division, IMO

09:00 -


  • Developing Arctic maritime safety via SARC project: phase 1 overview and planning for 2 and 3
  • CHEMSAR: Creating OPs & SOPs for Baltic Sea region SAR operations involving hazardous material
  • Vessel triage: categorising threat criteria to enable efficient situational analysis and response

Commander Juha Vuolle, Head of SAR and Maritime Safety Unit, The Finnish Border Guard

Lieutenant Commander Seppo Häkkinen, Project Manager for ChemSAR, The Finnish Border Guard

Captain Jori Nordström, Head of Operations, The Finnish Lifeboat Institution


No single authority can deal with a large scale maritime incident alone. International commonality in assets and tactics is crucial in developing interoperable teams. Operational guidelines are being developed for fighting shipboard fires and other maritime accidents; this section will discuss programmes aimed at enhancing efficiency in coordinating a response and debate the tools for future collaboration.

09:45 -

The role of MIRGs in Belgium’s General Emergency and Intervention Plan for the North Sea

  • The Belgian “General Emergency and Intervention Plan North Sea” including response to Flinterstar
  • BNIP Mass Rescue(special emergency and intervention plan) current overview
  • Outcome of BNIP within International Field Exercise MIRG-EX

Carl Decaluwé, Governor of West Flanders and Chairman of the Coast Guard, Government of West Flanders

10:15 -

Maritime Préfet’s newly defined emergency strategy

  • Recent events which have shaped the response policy
  • Collaborative projects across services to reduce response time
  • CROSS training for large scale incidents across all seven regional operational and surveillance centres

Préfet Vincent Bouvier, General Secretariat of the sea, Prime Minister’s Office, French Government

10:45 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

Hosted by Centrum Research and Technology


The newly formed European and Baltic MIRGs acknowledged capability gaps in safely neutralising hazardous and noxious substances on board ships. In these cases, specific measures must be in place to protect rescue workers and minimise damage to the environment. This section will analyse relevant projects and case studies of chemical incidents to promote best practice.

11:30 -

Neutralising “Purple Beach” and security measures for coastal areas

  • Considerations in responding to hazardous incidents: equipment, technology and personnel
  • Operational feedback: coordinating multiple agencies with real time information
  • Analysis of response and future programmes to enhance response

Wolfgang Knopf, Nautical Advisor and On Scene Coordinator for “Purple Beach”, Central Command for Maritime Emergencies

12:00 -

A new approach to Sensor Simulation and Training

  • AeroSimulators Group (ASG) and ASG Sensor Academy
  • Benefits of integrating sensor simulation into MSAR training
  • Future developments in sensor training

Ian McCallum, Head of Training, AeroSimulators Group Sensor Academy

12:30 -

Role of On Scene Coordinator(OSC) in a Mass Rescue scenario; Defining the role and responsibilities

  • IMO guidance
  • The need for continued training; developing proficiencies
  • The importance of getting engaged in exercises

Tom Gorgol, Programme Manager Mass Rescue Operations, US Coast Guard

13:00 -

Lunch and Networking

Hosted by European Commision


As sea ice continues to decrease, previously unreachable passages have opened to trade and tourism. Consequently, this demanding environment with inaccurate charting and a lack of permanent infrastructure makes rescue operations a significant challenge. National and international programmes to enhance search and rescue response in these challenging environments will be discussed in this section.

14:15 -

Use of UAS for SAR and in the Arctic

  • Evaluation of low altitude, beyond line of sight and extreme climate testing
  • Integrating advanced technology into the air space for use in emergency response
  • Collaborative projects and research for increased unmanned development for FAA’s UAS programme

Marty Rogers, Executive Director, ASSURE UAS Centre of Excellence

14:45 -

Canadian Arctic SAR strategy: Devolving responsibility for a local response

  • Levering Arctic communities for Arctic SAR
  • Communications that support command and control over high latitude operations
  • Future projects on permeant infrastructure for Arctic SAR

Superintendent Peter Garapick, SAR Superintendent of the Central and Arctic Region, Canadian Coast Guard

Tara Bellefontaine, Senior Policy Advisor, Preparedness and Response National Strategies, Canadian Coast Guard

15:15 -

Improving Vessel Monitoring and Situational Awareness in the Arctic

  • Tackling terrestrial limitations in demanding environments
  • AISSat-1 and AISSat-2 to monitor vessel traffic and incidents in the Arctic
  • Potential of future technology to live stream situational awareness imagery for SAR missions

Ståle Sveinungsen,, Head of Department, Norwegian Coastal Administration

15:45 -

Afternoon Tea and Networking

Hosted by Centrum Research and Technology


Simple and reliable communications are vital to enable successful coordination of a response. Large scale events may use resources from many countries, thus collating and disseminating data efficiently is critical. Severe weather is one of many factors that can restrict the ability to transmit and receive. This section will explore potential solutions and pioneering technology to enable continuous coverage.

16:30 -

Galileo Search and Rescue service: EU contribution to COSPAS-SARSAT MEOSAR program

  • Galileo Programme assessment: status, services and future projections
  • Integrating Galilieo SAR into COSPAS SARSATMEOSAR
  • Outcomes and requirements for future projects

Antonio Rolla, Project Officer, European Commission

17:00 -

Reducing time and maximising resources via Sea Traffic Management (STM) in SAR operations

  • Implications of utilising STM data to MSAR and how industry can get involved in the project
  • Information exchange for situational awareness to multiple vessels
  • On ship communication technology to enhance connectivity

Fredrik Kokaćka, STM Validation Project Coordinator/Regional SAR Coordinator, Swedish Maritime Administration

17:30 -

High speed navigation in Archipelago and Littorals waters

  • Why high speed navigation is such a demanding and challenging task
  • How limitations in sensors, navigation systems and crew capabilities adds to the challenge
  • Mitigation: defining adequate requirements for high speed navigation systems and the enhancement of crew capabilities

Harald Nilsonne, CEO, Sea Cross Marine AB

18:00 -

Chairman’s Summary

Andrew Winbow , Former Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Maritime Safety Division, IMO

18:05 -

Networking Drinks Reception in Exhibition Room

Hosted by European Commission

08:00 -

Registration and Welcome Coffee

08:55 -

Chairman’s Introduction

Andrew Winbow , Former Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Maritime Safety Division, IMO


Ensuring a balanced spectrum of assets is key to a dynamic response, with aircraft providing fast situational awareness whilst vessels and onshore teams plan and execute the main response. National and international missions must utilise air assets by ensuring integrated communication and navigation systems. This section will explore strategies to exploit the airspace through joint programmes and future technology.

09:00 -

MCA model of reprioritising resources to enable a more streamlined response

  • Integrating Bristow fleet into MCA airborne SAR
  • Challenges and opportunities for industry and national coordination
  • Future integration of UAVs into the MCA fleet

Phillip Hanson, Aviation Technical Assurance Manager, UK Maritime Coastguard Agency

Russ Torbet CBE, Director UK Search and Rescue, Bristow Helicopters

09:30 -

Aerial delivery of Maritime Search and Rescue equipment

  • Aerial delivery techniques
  • Aerial rescue kit (ARK)
  • Maritime Craft Aerial Delivery System (MCADS)

Rick Allamby MBE , Business Development Manager Aerial Delivery Systems, Airborne Systems Limited

10:00 -

Optimising Aeronautical SAR in Canada

  • Aeronautical SAR responsibilities of the Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Streamlining resources through empirical data to reduce response time and aid rescue
  • Key findings and future strategy for optimal response

Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Toone , CJOC SAR, Canadian Joint Operations Command

10:30 -

Morning Coffee and Networking

Hosted by Centrum Research and Technology


Achieving situational awareness in harsh and demanding environments is a challenge even for experienced crews. Equipped with thermographic cameras and the possibility of chemical identification equipment, autonomous/unmanned systems are perfect for high risk missions whilst protecting crew. We will analyse future developments in technology to assist response missions.

11:15 -

Canada's northern aerial surveillance program and UAS

  • Overview of Aerial surveillance program and drivers for UAVs
  • Key findings of 2016 beyond visual line of sight testing in the Arctic
  • Procurement plans and requirements for multi role Arctic UAVs

Fernando Mojica, Director UAS, Aircraft Service Directorate, Transport Canada

11:45 -

The pioneering use of drones in the maritime industry by the European Maritime Safety Agency

  • Overview of current drone technology and applications
  • Case study EMSA: What were their requirements and how did we solve them?
  • does the future hold? It is already here, let’s embrace it

Jamie Allan LLB (Hons), MSc, Head of Global UAV Operations, Martek Marine

12:15 -

Alternative victim rescue via the ICARUS Unmanned project

  • Enabling interoperable communications between unmanned systems and on scene coordinators
  • Coordinating smaller vessels from the mothership for rescue missions
  • Developing autonomous systems via artificial cognitive wireless communication networks

Professor Anibal Matos, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, INESC TEC - Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science

12:45 -

Lunch and Networking

Hosted by Petor


Operations requiring an extreme response are pushing Maritime Search and Rescue capabilities to the limit. Expected to respond in a multitude of disciplines, platforms must be equipped with pioneering design and technology. This section will analyse innovative technology and projects set to push the boundaries of traditional equipment.

14:00 -

Slovenia’s Maritime Search and Rescue modernisation project

  • Recent incidents driving the project: strategic planning and procurement plans
  • Defining Slovenia’s capabilities and needs for SAR
  • Procuring suitable vessels and communication systems for use in coastal areas

Jadran Klinec , Director, Slovenian Maritime Administration

14:30 -

SAR in ice conditions: how satellite data can enhance SAR operations

  • Sentinel date: benefits & opportunities in the Arctic
  • Case studies: CAESAR, ISABELLA & ICECAST
  • ESA opportunities for integrated application projects

Miranda Saarentaus, , IAP Ambassador Platform Finland, European Space Agency

15:00 -

Mapping the current state of icebreakers and identifying future needs to support Arctic SAR activities

  • Defining the Arctic challenges: harsh environment, inadequate infrastructure and communications
  • Requirements driving the need for icebreakers and the use of LNG fuel
  • Future research in Arctic specific technology to enable rescue operations

Dimitrios Dalaklis, Associate Professor in Maritime Education and Training, World Maritime University

15:35 -

Chairman’s Summary and close of conference

Andrew Winbow , Former Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Maritime Safety Division, IMO