Uganda’s Henry Ategeka wins International Maritime Award (IMRF)


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Henry Ategeka from Uganda’s Ministry of Works and Transport has won the 2023 International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) for his relentless efforts in saving the lives of water users.

According to IMRF, Henry oversaw the establishment of a fully-fledged Maritime Department in the Ministry of Works and Transport in Uganda and is spearheading the establishment of nine search and rescue (SAR) centres and a Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre on Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, and Lake Kyoga.

Henry Ategeka, the Principal Maritime Inspector at Ministry of Works and Transport
Henry Ategeka, the Principal Maritime Inspector at Ministry of Works and Transport

Caroline Jupe, the CEO of IMRF, testified that Henry’s quick thinking and timely response to rescue operations like that of MV Nodi diverted catastrophe and saved lives and goods.

She added that Henry has led safety campaigns, including the distribution of more than 4,000 life jackets to vulnerable and economically disadvantaged water users, and established a toll-free call centre to handle emergencies.

According to IMRF, awards acknowledge those who have shown excellence in their field, developed innovative technology and equipment, or acted as role models to inspire others. The awards also shine a light on those colleagues who offer the tireless support, training, and planning that enable SAR crews to do what they do, safe in the knowledge that they are all part of the same team.

“The IMRF Awards are a way of highlighting the incredible work done by SAR personnel and organisations every day around the world. This year’s winners are a testament to the level of dedication and passion the individuals bring to our community, bringing professionalism and pride in their duty”, IMRF CEO Caroline said.

She revealed that every year the federation receives dozens of incredible nominations, and this year, 2023, was no exception.

“I want to extend my congratulations to everyone who was nominated for the IMRF Awards for their tireless efforts, as well as our incredible membership for their dedication to maritime SAR every single day,” Caroline said.

The IMRF announces its award winners to recognise all those involved in global maritime search and rescue (SAR) efforts.

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