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Important Dates

  • Registration & AccommodationNow Closed
  • Abstract SubmissionNow Closed
  • Author Notification of AcceptanceCompleted
  • Early RegistrationNow Closed
  • Regular Registration DeadlineNow Closed
  • Congress DatesJune 15 - 18, 2019
  • Her Honour the Honourable Janet Austin, OBC
    Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
  • The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Jeffery Hutchinson
    Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard
  • Bob Auchterlonie
    Rear-Admiral, Royal Canadian Navy & Victoria Search and Rescue Region Commander

Invitation to the 2019 World Maritime Rescue Congress

On behalf of the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) and the members of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue (RCMSAR) here in British Columbia, it is our great privilege to invite you to join us in Vancouver in June 2019, to participate in the 4th World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC 2019). WMRC 2019 will be the fourth iteration of the quadrennial World Maritime Rescue Congress where search and rescue practitioners, industry and governments join together to share experience and best practice and to set the course for the future of maritime SAR. The first congress was hosted in 2007 at the 20th International Lifeboat Conference in Sweden and has since travelled to Shanghai, China in 2011 and Bremerhaven, Germany in 2015.

The theme for WMRC 2019 will be “Learning from the past; looking to the future”, which we hope will enable participants to both benefit from lessons learnt, whilst getting an insight into innovations and technologies that will help shape maritime SAR operations of the future.

We are glad to be hosting the Congress in Vancouver, within the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, where the maritime tradition is strong. Vancouver has built a world-class reputation as an excellent venue for international events – and WMRC 2019 will be no exception. Along with our regional search and rescue partners and the coastal communities of British Columbia, we look forward to welcoming the community of maritime rescue organizations, as we learn from each other and develop our profession together, against the stunning backdrop of the British Columbia Coast Mountains range and the Vancouver shoreline.

We hope you will want to participate in WMRC 2019 and we look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver!


Captain Udo Fox | WMRC 2019 Chairman
Pat Quealey | Chief Executive Officer, RCMSAR

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