Rolf Westerström, CEO of the Swedish Sea Rescue Society, SSRS, speaks about how their organisation has developed over the last 20-25 years, how accidents as ESTONIA, SCANDINAVIAN STAR & JAN HEWELIUSZ was a wakeup call and what impact they had on the development of new, faster and more safe rescue boats and how mass evacuation now is looked upon in a completely different way.
Rolf also gives the background to the “Yellow Boats” (gula båtarna) an initiative by the media house Schibsted to assist refugees in need for sea rescue in the Mediterranean Sea, which until Christmas has saved more than 600 lives.
Rolf is retiring soon, he has got a perspective on the shipping industry since the 60’s and he thinks that it’s his job to make sure that each and every politician realises that we always cross water, when we leave our countries or our continents.
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