The Association for Rescue at Sea’s original logo was based on the mission statement of AFRAS when it was formed in 1976 – to assist the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with raising funds here in the U.S. The logo was designed in 1977.
The mission of AFRAS has changed over time. While we still help the RNLI, we now do so much more. We honor heroism in our maritime community with awards such as our Gold and Silver medals, the AMVER award and our newest – the Cruise Ship Humanitarian Assistance Award, to be presented by AFRAS and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
Our new logo represents that mission, as well as our other major mission – assisting not only voluntary Coast Guards in raising money, providing expert advice and training, but assisting in supporting missions such as search and rescue for the mass migration crisis in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas.
The logo represents a person requesting assistance, who is in distress in the water, and someone providing that assistance.
This is the Association for Rescue at Sea.