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The Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation Award 2017 is sponsored by 8 West Consulting/SafeTrx

Safetrx is a vessel tracking smartphone application that fills a critical gap in the maritime situational awareness picture. SafeTrx gives rescue services access to data the skippers provide themselves as long as they are in range of a mobile network.

In case of an emergency, the MRCC can use the stored data to support search missions. Sometimes the information Safetrx receives on missing leisure boats is very poor. SafeTrx is sure they can help to close this gap and will be of great support to locate people, who need assistance.



The Maritime SAR Team Award 2017 is sponsored by Orolia/McMurdo

Orolia/McMurdo group is the global leader in search and rescue and maritime domain awareness solutions. Sponsoring the H.E.R.O. Team Award, Orolia/McMurdo want to recognise the whole ecosystem involved, when search and rescue is needed.

Individuals working in teams, teams working with teams, coordinators collaborating with rescuers all linked by technology and systems designed to deliver the best possible outcome for those in distress.


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The Innovation and Technology in Maritime Search and Rescue Award 2017 is sponsored by Pole Star

Pole Star is a privately owned, London headquartered technology company developing innovative SaaS software solutions and APIs for the maritime, banking & finance and government sectors.

For nearly 20 years they have offered the maritime industry cutting edge vessel tracking, as well as SSAS and LRIT conformance testing solutions: Ship Tracking; SSAS Management; Risk Insight; LRIT Conformance; Counter Piracy and MRV Compliance by Pole Star. Finance Markets & Compliance: they help their clients in the banking, trade & commodity sectors to manage their financial crime risk with advanced sanctions screening and vessel monitoring solutions: PurpleTRAC and Ship Tracking. Government: their government clients benefit from comprehensive end-to-end service and the highest levels of reliability, redundancy and scalability: LRIT ASP & Data Centre; Fisheries VMS and Hali.



The Vladimir Maksimov Lifetime Achievement Award 2017 is sponsored by Inmarsat

Inmarsat was set up in 1979 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to enable ships to stay in constant touch with shore, or to call for help in an emergency, no matter how far out to sea. Today their customers are found in many different sectors – but they are typically businesses and organisations, that need to communicate where terrestrial telecom networks are unreliable or simply cannot reach. In today’s digital society, satellite communications are fundamental in the delivery of ubiquitous, high quality broadband connectivity.

As a digital services enabler, Inmarsat meets the connectivity needs of governments, businesses and individuals on land, at sea and in the air. Inmarsat owns and operates 13 communication satellites, which form the backbone of the world’s most versatile, reliable, commercial satellite communications network. Flying in geosynchronous orbit 35,786km (22,236 miles) above the Earth, our satellites are positioned to give seamless global coverage.



The People’s Choice H.E.R.O. Award 2017 is sponsored by Navigate

Navigate is a world class corporate communications for maritime.

Led by industry insiders, Navigate delivers professional corporate communications services to the global maritime industry.

Combining strategic experience with practical know-how, Navigate helps companies tell their stories through a range of media channels.

A trusted adviser to shipping companies, equipment manufacturers, trade associations, insurance providers, ports, classification societies, oil majors, shipbrokers and start-ups around the world, they create and implement intelligent communications strategies that produce tangible results.



The H.E.R.O. Awards 2017 is hosted & supported by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

The RNLI philosophy remains the same as it was in 1824: to provide their lifesaving service using volunteers wherever possible, with voluntary donations supplying the funds needed to do so.

They provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service and a seasonal lifeguard service. Their values reflect the way they do business as an organisation.

They provide lifeboats; a seasonal lifeguard service; coastal safety, research and education programmes; and flood response.


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