C.I.MAR.E.    ATLANTIC BRANCH INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM FOR AN INFORMATIVE WEBINAR

DATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 11th

TIME: 18:00 AST (17:00 EASTERN, 14:00 PACIFC, 18:30 NFLD)

FUTURE TECHNOLOGY and PRESERVING LIFE at SEA

A presentation by the Future Technology Panel of the International Maritime Rescue Federation

For thousands of years humankind has had a beneficial relationship with the world’s oceans, lakes, and rivers, for food, transport, and leisure. However, this relationship has not been without cost, the risk of injury and death has always been present, over 300,000 people drown annually.

For the past two centuries rescue organizations have responded to those in distress on the water. Over one hundred of these maritime rescue organizations from 54 countries worldwide are members of the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), an NGO at IMO. The IMRF facilitates the sharing of experience, expertise, and knowledge among its member organizations in order to save lives, and to protect rescue personnel worldwide.

The Future Technology Panel (FTP) of the IMRF is a group of member organizations which meet to share information and assist each other with the evaluation and implementation of new technologies. The projects cover many areas, large and small, such as the application of Remotely Piloted Air and Marine Systems, autonomous systems, electronic alerting and locating technologies, small craft navigation, crew safety and health.

This presentation outlines many of these technologies, the processes to identify and evaluate these technologies, the possible benefits, and pitfalls, the impact on the public safety, and the impact on the safety of rescue personnel. The FTP members evaluate technologies which have near term application, and those which look further into the future.

This presentation will be of interest to anyone who is concerned with Maritime Safety. Contributors: Search & Rescue Organizations & related firms in Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, & the United Kingdom.

Presenter

John W. Dalziel, M.Sc., P.Eng., IMRF Supporter.

Adjunct Professor, Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University, Halifax.

John Dalziel is a naval architect involved in the marine industry for the past half century.  In 1969 he sailed through the North West Passage on the Canadian icebreaker John A Macdonald, along with the American tanker Manhattan.  He has worked with the Canadian Government and industry, primarily in ship construction & repair supervision and safety inspection.   He has been involved with maritime rescue organizations for many years.  As a university student in 1971 he worked for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Britain in their technical office..  For the five years he has been involved with the Future Technology Panel of the International Maritime Rescue Federation.   He has spoken internationally on maritime safety and on the application of modern technologies to maritime rescue.