The Maritime Safety and Survival Training Centre was founded in 1985. Its goal is to promote safety and survival training for seamen by operating a comprehensive training centre in full accordance with Icelandic and international standards. According to national law, it is mandatory for all seamen to attend courses there. The knowledge imparted by the centre has, among other things, resulted in a considerable decrease in the number of serious accidents and deaths at sea in recent years.
In the summer of 1998 the Icelandic government donated a ship to ICE-SAR to be used by the Maritime Safety and Survival Training Centre. The ship was given the name Sæbjörg.
The school ship Sæbjörg features a fully equipped training facility onboard, both for academic and vocational training.