The Humanitarian Response course:

  • provides an understanding of the reasons why migrants and refugees choose a sea route
  • gives suggestions for planning and preparing ship and crew for possible involvement in large scale rescue operations
  • offers guidelines and suggestions for vessels involved in the rescue of large numbers of migrants or refugees at sea.

The course builds on practical experience from private maritime security companies (PMSCs), vessel owners and managers, combined with the important legal and humanitarian perspectives. The purpose of this course is to address a significant knowledge gap in the maritime industry; ensuring an effective and efficient response to crisis scenarios involving migrants and refugees.

The course has been developed in partnership with UK-based charity, Human Rights at Sea.