IMRF Trustee and Executive Director of the DGzRS (German Maritime SAR Service) Udo Helge Fox writes:
Good news from Germany!
The German Ministry of Transport is prepared to fund IMO projects involving DGzRS with the sum of €52,000 (in addition to the €5,000 already agreed).
This means that two training courses can be carried out in the North & West Africa Region in early 2014, and that a fact-finding mission can be undertaken in Senegal.
These initiatives are in addition to the support the International Maritime Organization has recently provided, through the IMRF, to enable two students to have a week's training each at the German Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre run by the DGzRS in Bremen.
IMRF Chairman Michael Vlasto adds:
This is great news indeed. It will enable the excellent work already started by the IMRF's Regional Coordinator, and the SAR Coordinator in Morocco, Mohammed Drissi, to move forward even further.
The work being organised in this region by Mohammed, with support from the IMRF and the IMO, and the very generous help provided by the German government, is a classic example of the IMRF's purpose – the sharing of expertise and resources for the betterment of maritime SAR all around the world.
For more on the North & West African initiative, see our August 2013 edition (new window).