KNRM steps on board with AYOP
The Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM) has joined the Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports association. With over 1,400 volunteers nationwide, the organisation operates in the North Sea Canal region from its station in IJmuiden. “KNRM is an important partner to the offshore sector,” says business network manager Edward Zwitser. “And we realise that offshore companies can be relevant to KNRM without us always knowing how we can support each other. Membership of AYOP is therefore a positive and practical step that will enable us to meet more often.”
Established in 1824, KNRM is the search & rescue organisation in the Netherlands. From marinas to rivers, from beaches to the open sea, volunteers man some 75 rescue boats along the Dutch coastline and large expanses of inland waters 24/7, 365 days a year. In addition, the KNRM Radio Medical Service doctors are always on call for illness or accidents at sea – including on offshore vessels. As an independent, unsubsidised organisation, KNRM provides all its services free of charge to all who need them.
From its 45 lifeboat stations along the coast, including in IJmuiden, KNRM responds to over 2,000 emergency calls a year, coming to the assistance of more than 3,000 people. The crew in IJmuiden comprises 20 volunteers and one professional captain.
The rescue stations were called on 4,155 times in 2020, and KNRM was involved in 2,863 distress operations, including:
- rescue (2,178)
- searches (323)
- false alarms (52)
- medical evacuations (75)
- recovering bodies (13)
- transporting injured people from the beach (146)
- transporting patients to/from the Wadden islands (77)
Some 744 calls involved the North Sea, and KNRM responded by average 50 times from IJmuiden.
Sylvia Boer, AYOP director: “KNRM is available at all times and to everyone, from leisure sailors to professionals. We share the same working area – a wonderful area that is not without its hazards and where safety always comes first. It is important that we know each other well and share our knowledge and experience to make each other stronger.”