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Maritime Search and Rescue 2018 Conference Highlights
Increasing vessel traffic, developments in technology and extreme environmental conditions are forcing response units to review and increase their Maritime Search and Rescue capabilities.
Now in its 3 rd year, Maritime Search and Rescue 2018 will focus on increasing capabilities for operations in austere environments. This could be via the newest innovative equipment or increasing preparation for specialised rescue operations, including but not limited to oil spills and mass rescue.
The conference will explore the main challenges currently facing Maritime Search and Rescue organisations whilst looking at collaborative opportunities for procurement, research and technology.
ACHIEVING MSAR CAPABILITIES IN ARCTIC CONDITIONS
A rise in cargo, cruise and military activities in the region, harsh conditions, lack of permanent infrastructure and poor communications in much of the Arctic create not only make an emergency more likely, but a response more difficult. The opening section will focus on how nations are working together to develop and implement a comprehensive, multi-national Arctic response.
COMMUNICATIONS AND CONTROL IN THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT
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 surveillance and communications
SURFACE VESSELS FOR OPTIMUM RESPONSE
Whilst SAR methods continue to change response vessels are still a vital asset for recovery. Their reliability in all weather conditions, range and ability to host a plethora of agencies/sensors onboard consistently makes them the preferred option. This section will look at the continued improvement of surface vessels to provide an optimum response
TACTICS, SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT TO AID RAPID RESPONSE
For a SAR unit it is crucial to receive accurate, timely information from an array of sources on land, at sea and in the air. This section will explore how applications such as Sea Traffic management systems provide a faster way of communication to make response operations more efficient and effective.
DEVELOPING TACTICS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SPECIALISED OPERATIONS
As the volume of vessel traffic, including cruise ships continues to increase so too does the risk of an incident. There is now a need for preparedness for large scale incidents that could include mass rescue or large oil spill response. This section explores how to increase preparedness for specialist operations in terms of training and equipment.
UNMANNED AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS IN FUTURE OPERATIONS
Achieving situational awareness in harsh and demanding environments is a challenge even for experienced crews. Equipped with thermographic cameras and the possibility of oil identification equipment, autonomous/unmanned systems are perfect for high risk missions without endangering crews. This area will analyse future developments in technology to assist response missions.
FUTURE TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE SAR COMMUNITY
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 final section will analyse how innovative technology and projects are set to push the boundaries of traditional equipment