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Main Conference Day One

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

Captain Sergio Liardo, Head of Operations Centre, 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

Captain Sergio Liardo

Head of Operations Centre, MRCC Rome
Italian Coast Guard

10:40 AM - 11:20 AM MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM 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

12:00 PM - 12:40 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
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Mr Ian Rose

Flight Operations Director
Cobham Helicopter Services

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM NETWORKING LUNCH

1:40 PM - 2:20 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

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM A SPONSOR PRESENTATION FROM PETZL

2:50 PM - 3:30 PM AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:30 PM - 4:10 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

4:10 PM - 4:50 PM AN OVERVIEW OF THE TECHNOLOGIES REVOLUTIONISING SAR COMMUNICATIONS

Ms Hannah Pathak, Director of Engagement, Rescue Global
  • The ability to communicate in poor weather, extreme environments and in real time is vital for SAR operators. Fortunately, new technologies are emerging which help facilitate this. As an NGO, Rescue Global has had the opportunity to innovate and test much of these new systems, and to share results with the wider SAR community
  • How Rescue Global utilizes technologies that allow SAR operators to set up a local cell phone network and share information remotely and immediately with all levels of the incident response teams - strategic, tactical and operational

Ms Hannah Pathak

Director of Engagement
Rescue Global

4:50 PM - 5:00 PM END OF MAIN CONFERENCE DAY ONE

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM NETWORKING DRINKS SPONSORED BY BRISTOW GROUP