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28th September 2017

SafeTrx by 8 West sponsors H.E.R.O. Award for Outstanding Individual

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8 West Consulting, the company that developed SafeTrx, the vessel tracking smartphone application, has been announced as the sponsor of the International Maritime Rescue Federation’s H.E.R.O. award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation.

The deadline for nominations for the IMRF H.E.R.O Awards, 2017, closed at the end of July and judging is currently underway.  This year there were more than 40 entries from around the world, nominating individuals and organisations involved in maritime search and rescue, who deserve recognition for their exceptional service.

Last year the winner of the Outstanding Individual Contribution to a Maritime SAR Operation was Captain Hervé LEPAGE, Master of CMA CGM ROSSINI for his skilled search and rescue of the crew of the upturned catamaran Llama Lo off the South African Wild Coast.

John Murphy, CEO, 8 West Consulting says; “8 West Consulting is pleased to support the IMRF’s H.E.R.O. Awards.  SAR professionals go above and beyond on every call-out, there is so much unsung heroism and some truly exceptional people who deserve wider recognition for all they contribute to our safety and community.  I look forward to presenting the H.E.R.O. Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution at the ceremony on 2 November.

John Murphy experienced an emergency SAR situation first hand in the French Alps, when he had a serious accident in very bad weather that resulted in a helicopter rescue.  That incident and subsequent conversations with people in the SAR domain led to the development of SafeTrx.

We are very grateful to 8 West Consulting for their sponsorship of the H.E.R.O. Awards, although only in their second year the H.E.R.O. Awards 2017 have attracted interest and nominations from around the world in all categories, demonstrating the exceptionally high level of service provided by maritime SAR individuals and organisations,” says Udo Fox, IMRF Chairman and Trustee and Executive Director, German Maritime Search & Rescue Service.

The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is the non-governmental organisation bringing the world's maritime SAR organisations together to share knowledge and improve maritime SAR coordination and response so more people in distress on the sea can be saved.  The IMRF H.E.R.O. Awards seek to recognise some of these exceptional individuals and organisations around the world that make maritime SAR possible.

There are four categories in the IMRF H.E.R.O Awards 2017;
• Individual award recognising outstanding contribution by an individual in a maritime SAR operation, sponsored by 8 West Consulting.
• Team award, recognising outstanding contribution by a team or teams in the maritime SAR ecosystem working together to save lives, sponsored by lead sponsor Orolia/McMurdo.
• Innovation and Technology award recognising new products and technologies developed that improve the work and success of SAR organisations. 
• The Vladimir Maksimov Lifetime Achievement award recognising outstanding service to SAR by an individual or organisation, sponsored by Inmarsat. 

The winners will be announced at an awards dinner held at the RNLI, Poole in the UK and online, 2 November, 2017. 

The H.E.R.O awards 2017 are also supported by lead sponsor Orolia/McMurdo - global leader in emergency response and readiness and sponsor Inmarsat – global satellite owner and operator which provides mobile and fixed communications services to the maritime industry. 



  • The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) brings the world's maritime search and rescue organisations together in one global and growing family.
  • IMRF's member organisations share their lifesaving ideas, technologies and experiences and freely cooperate with one another to achieve their common humanitarian aim: "Preventing loss of life in the world's waters".
  • The International Maritime Rescue Federation was founded (as the International Lifeboat Federation) in 1924.
  • In 1985 it was granted non-governmental consultative status with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in recognition of the good work being undertaken and the growing need for an organisation to act as a global focal point for maritime search and rescue.
  • In 2003 it was registered as an independent charity and in 2007 the organisation was renamed the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), reflecting the broader scope of modern maritime search and rescue activity.


Designed in close co-operation with Coast Guard and Sea Rescue organisations, SafeTrx is a proven maritime safety platform that helps reduce the risk of maritime accidents and the loss of human lives at sea. It is the world’s leading leisure maritime search and rescue application with over 750,000 recorded hours of use.  SafeTrx is used in 9 countries and is growing rapidly.


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