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Main Conference Day One


Captain (Retd.) Henrik Kudsk

Former Commander
Danish Joint Arctic Command

9:20 AM - 10:00 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: COORDINATING MULTI-NATIONAL MISSIONS IN THE ARCTIC REGION

Rear Admiral Georg Larússon, Director General, Icelandic Coast Guard
  • High level overview of Icelandic SAR priorities and challenges, in context with broader SAR challenges such as budget, surveillance and mass rescue operations
  • Lessons learned from collaboration with Denmark on Arctic Livex 2016, including communications, training and coordination
  • How Iceland coordinates missions at a national level with SAR partners, as well as key challenges and solutions in this field

Rear Admiral Georg Larússon

Director General
Icelandic Coast Guard

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM THE CHALLENGES OF LOCATING MIGRANT AND REFUGEE CRAFT IN DISTRESS, AND HOW THE ITALIAN COAST GUARD HAS ADAPTED TO THE ISSUE, BOTH OPERATIONALLY AND TECHNOLOGICALLY

Lieutenant Commander Giuseppe Quattrocchi, MRCC Rome, Italian Coast Guard
  • How the Italian Coast Guard has responded to the challenge posed by a huge volume of SAR emergencies, across one of the World’s busiest waterways, in terms of identifying craft in difficulty
  • How the ICG liaises with other international bodies, and shares resources in order to expand surveillance range, and the speed of location
  • What technologies and techniques can be embraced by other SAR operators and ICG alike in order to improve this vital capability
  • How the ICG’s surveillance is being boosted by the employment of vessel-launched Unmanned Aerial systems

Lieutenant Commander Giuseppe Quattrocchi

MRCC Rome
Italian Coast Guard

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM ENHANCED SAR SURPIC (SEARCH AND RESCUE SURFACE PICTURE), AND HOW IT IS IMPROVING THE CAPABILITIES OF EUROPE’S SAR OPERATORS

Mr Fionn Molloy, Deputy Head of Unit, Maritime Surveillance, European Maritime Safety Agency
  • SAR SURPIC provides an overview picture of the ships present in any ocean region, worldwide. Nearby ships can then be contacted to go to the rescue of the seafarers in distress
  • The SAR SURPIC combines information on the position of ships from all available sources, including satellite AIS and LRIT
  • The system can also include the position information of fishing vessels from VMS. This is the first time that so much information has been made available in a single tool for the safety of seafarers, even in remote areas

Mr Fionn Molloy

Deputy Head of Unit, Maritime Surveillance
European Maritime Safety Agency

11:50 AM - 12:50 PM EXPERT SPEAKER PANEL: ESTABLISHING A MODERN SAR AIR OPERATION BOTH IN THE MILITARY AND CIVIL REGULATED DOMAINS

Mr Ian Rose, Flight Operations Director, Cobham Helicopter Services
Presentation: Case Study of the Challenges and Considerations faced by Cobham in Terms of Training, Legislation and Operations

Panel Discussion:
  • With the trend in reducing military SAR capability, as governments seek to save money, and the consequential reduction in the pool of experienced SAR aircrew, how do the audience believe we can best respond to that change whilst trying to preserve operational standards and safety?
  • What are the challenges to developing an inexperienced Technical Crew Member into a highly capable one, skilled in Search and Rescue, medical and able to function as part of an overall aircraft operating crew?
  • How does the audience feel given the criticality of the SAR Technical Crew Member role, how could regulatory requirements better serve SAR operators in the qualification, training and currency of the SAR Technial Crew Member?


Mr Ian Rose

Flight Operations Director
Cobham Helicopter Services

12:50 PM - 2:10 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

2:10 PM - 2:50 PM AN OPERATOR’S INSIGHT ON AIRBORNE SEARCH AND RESCUE

Captain Dave Agnew, 424 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Optimising the Griffon helicopter for SAR, by examining operational lessons learned and current resources
  • Analysing the experiences of an SAR pilot to determine the suitability of the RCAF’s existing resources
  • Using a case study of a mountain emergency to explore the challenge of SAR in austere environments

Captain Dave Agnew

424 Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Force

2:50 PM - 3:20 PM HOW TO REDUCE RISKS RELATED TO DROP-OFF AND RECOVERY PHASE?

Mr Blaise Agresti, Global Sales Director, Petzl
DISCOVER PETZL'S INDUSTRIAL EXPERTISE IN DESIGNING SOLUTIONS

  • Risk assesment and end-user environment
  • Petzl's industrial expertise
  • Risk reduction in various environment

Mr Blaise Agresti

Global Sales Director
Petzl

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:00 PM - 4:40 PM LIVEX 2016: THE CHALLENGES OF COMMUNICATING DURING SAR MISSIONS IN THE HIGH NORTH

Mr Bjørn Tegner Bay, Chief of Police, Greenland Police Department
  • An overview of the inherent challenges posed by SAR operations in remote locations, with a focus on the Greenland and wider Arctic region
  • Conducting SAR operations at extreme Northern longitude, and the issues this can create both in terms of weather and satellite communication
  • Communication: linked to the above point about satellite communication at Northern longitudes, but also exacerbated by mountainous terrain. Potential solutions will also explored

Mr Bjørn Tegner Bay

Chief of Police
Greenland Police Department

4:40 PM - 5:20 PM INTELLIGENCE AND INNOVATION: TECHNOLOGICAL AND HUMAN SOLUTIONS

Ms Hannah Pathak, Director of Engagement, Rescue Global
Alongside food, water and shelter, intelligence is a critical need in disasters and crisis events. Without information, responding to urgent relief needs is difficult or ineffective, as priorities cannot be identified. Further, in order for information to be actionable intelligence it must also be verified and reliable. Technological innovations that aim to increase actionable intelligence are proliferating rapidly.

For technological innovations to SAR challenges to be effective, and create genuine capability, they must both integrate human factors, and consider the challenges of a multi-agency operating environment, as well as drive forward technical advances. Rescue Global partners with industry and academic partners on innovation projects tackled in this way. During the presentation Rescue Global will highlight projects on interoperability, big data, autonomous systems, digital decision-making overlays, as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Ms Hannah Pathak

Director of Engagement
Rescue Global

5:20 PM - 5:30 PM END OF MAIN CONFERENCE DAY ONE

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM NETWORKING DRINKS SPONSORED BY BRISTOW GROUP