The Solomon Islands Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, MRCC, was given a huge boost in capacity last week as a result of RAMSI sponsored training in the latest search and rescue software.
MRCC’s training in the software, Search And Rescue Mapping Analysis Program, SARMAP, was tested almost immediately with a successful search and rescue situation initiated just two days after the training was completed.
RAMSI’s Maritime Team Leader, Jim Guthrie, praised the MRCC team for their efforts in the pursuit of building local search and rescue capacity.
Mr Jim says, he was impressed with the team’s level of enthusiasm and commitment to this training and their role in maritime safety.
Gold Coast Manager of RPS APASA, Mr Sasha Zigic, delivered the training.
A media statement from RAMSI says, the MRCC is staffed on a 24-7 basis by five Solomon Islanders who are dedicated to keeping the vast waters of the country as safe as possible.
It adds, given that the country comprises more than 900 islands, this is a mammoth task.