Inmarsat safety pioneer remembered at IMRF H.E.R.O Awards

Mohammed Drissi, the regional coordinator for the Rabat search and rescue (SAR) region has been presented with the first Inmarsat ‘Vladimir Maksimov Award for Outstanding Achievement’ at the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) H.E.R.O. (Honouring Excellence in Rescue Operations) Awards 2016.


From left to right: Udo Fox, IMRF Trustee & Chairman, Peter Broadhurst, Senior Vice President for Safety and Security, Inmarsat Maritime, Natalia Maksimov and Mohammed Drissi.

The H.E.R.O. Awards, launched by the IMRF in April this year, have been developed to draw attention to the extraordinary work done to save lives in maritime SAR across the world.

“These Awards recognise individuals for courageous rescue missions, but they also celebrate the vital work done by those responsible for the support networks and organisations which enable such missions,” said Peter Broadhurst, Senior Vice President for Safety and Security, Inmarsat Maritime.

Outstanding contribution

Mr Drissi received the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution as the Moroccan National SAR Coordinator and Chairman of the NW Africa SAR Committee, which monitors and coordinates SAR activities in Morocco and six bordering countries.

Inmarsat’s much-missed colleague, Vladimir Maksimov, was also posthumously recognised with a H.E.R.O Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to maritime safety.

Mr Maksimov, who passed away earlier this year, worked tirelessly on the continuing development of GMDSS over the course of a 25-year career at Inmarsat, and played a central role in the Inmarsat safety team.

Touching tribute

Mr Maksimov’s daughter, Natalia Maksimov, attended the event in Lisbon to present the new award. She said: “”On behalf of my family, I would like to thank Inmarsat and IMRF for such an incredible and touching tribute to my father.

“I am honoured to be able to accept the Vladimir Maksimov lifetime achievement award for 2016 on behalf of my father, and also present the outstanding achievement award.

“I would like to pass on my sincere congratulations to Mr Drissi, who like my father is a real hero and deserves recognition and praise for his hard work, dedication and commitment. With this award in his name, his legacy of wisdom, integrity and courage will go on long beyond his time here with us.”