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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.
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.
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.
INCREASING 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.
INCREASING SAR CAPABILITIES IN THE ARTIC
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 not only make an emergency more likely, but a response more difficult. This section will focus on how nations are working together to develop and implement a comprehensive, multi-national Arctic response.
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 with implications for the international community.
SEARCH AND RESCUE IN ASIA
The operational environment in Asia consists of two oceans, many seas and thousands of islands. The area is home to some of the world's richest fishing waters, busiest shipping channels and has a proclivity for natural disasters. All these factors create a plethora of maritime issues and challenges that are regularly faced by Asian SAR teams and this section will analyse them in closer detail and their impact on international response.
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.
FUTURE TECHNOLOGY 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.
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.