Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Welcome Wednesday!

It's here! The list of the ships enrolled in Amver this past week. Take a look and see if your ship is listed. If you're on the fence about joining consider this. If you aren't part of Amver you can't necessarily be part of a coordinated search and rescue response. Joining is easy, the reporting requirements (we're voluntary by the way) are minimal and you just may save a life. Now, help us welcome these new ships.
  • THERMOPYLAE
  • PACIFIC RAM
  • MIAMI PRIDE
  • CMA CGM ALASKA
  • OOCL TAIPEI
  • APA
  • AOM GEORGINA
  • HANJIN GWANSEUM
  • GOLAR ICE
  • COCHRANE
  • IKAN KERAPU
  • SAN CHRISTOBAL
  • KELLETT ISLAND
  • REGINA D'ITALIA
  • STRATEGIC EXPLORER
  • TAMARA
  • WIDE HOTEL
  • STRATEGIG ENTITY
Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Amver bulker assists in search for missing tug

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities in Guam diverted the Amver participating bulk carrier Hebei Triumph after they received a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) for possible tug boat distress 154 miles northeast of Palau on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Rescue personnel in Guam coordinated with rescue authorities in Singapore as the EPIRB was also indicating it might be coming from the Singapore Straights near Batam Island. An Amver surface picture (SURPIC) was initiated and the Hong Kong flagged bulk carrier Hebei Triumph was located only 30 miles from the possible distress location near Palau. The captain of the 967-foot ship agreed to divert and search for any signs of distress.

Singapore rescue personnel were able to determine the EPIRB alert was accidental and notified Coast Guard officials in Guam. The Amver ship was released to continue on its voyage.

The Hebei Triumph, managed by North China Shipping Holdings Co, enrolled in Amver on July 15, 2012.

Photo credit: marinetraffic.com


Welcome Wednesday!

Each week we take a moment to recognize the latest ships to join Amver. The tradition stems from the Amver Bulletin, the "old" monthly magazine that the Amver staff has published since 1959. Today we share it in a blog post. Why do we continue to list the ships that enrolled in Amver? 

Because joining Amver demonstrates the extra step, the extra commitment mariners make in the name of safety. We're grateful for your participation. If you haven't joined, enroll today.
  • EM LEADER
  • SEIN VENUS
  • ARATERE
  • BBC EMS
  • SKANKI IPANEMA
  • BALTIC TIGER
  • GIORGIS
  • EVER JUDGER
  • IOANNIS G
  • STENAWECO VENTURE
  • VITTORIA
  • ENSCO DS-4
  • GLOBAL SUCCESS
  • UNITED SPLENDOUR
  • TON HIL II
  • FRONT ESK
  • ASTORIA
  • STI OPERA
Photo credit: Fotolia 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Amver participating bulk carrier assists in search in the Pacific

U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue officials in Guam, working with rescue authorities in Malaysia, diverted an Amver bulk carrier to search for a Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert 182 miles northwest of Guam on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Coast Guard personnel received the alert, which was ambiguous and split between a position near Guam and another near Malaysia, and used an Amver surface picture (SURPIC) to locate the Panamanian flagged Amver particpant Chubu Maru. The 820-foot ship was near one of the distress locations and agreed to divert and search the area.

Rescue personnel in Guam and Thailand later
determined the EPIRB alert was a false alarm and the Chubu Maru was released to continue on its voyage.

The Chubu Maru, managed by Taiyo Nippon Kissen Co, enrolled in Amver on May 16, 1999 and has earned eleven Amer participation awards.

Photo credit: marinetraffic.com

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Amver ship assists in search for crew of burning fishing vessel

Rescue authorities in Taiwan requested Amver assistance from U.S. Coast Guard officials to divert the Amver participating ship NSS Fortune to assist fishermen abandoning their burning fishing vessel 400 miles southeast of Kagoshima, Japan on Monday, February 9, 2015.

U.S. Coast Guard officials in Guam received a request for assistance from rescue personnel in Taiwan. The Taiwanese were looking for available ships to assist eight fishermen who had abandoned their vessel after it caught fire.

Using an Amver Surface Picture (SURPIC) the Japanese flagged ship was located 140 miles from the burning fishing vessel. The captain of the NSS Fortune agreed to change course and sail to the distress location.

According to later reports, rescue coordinators in Taiwan were able to find a Japanese Coast Guard ship that rescued the eight fishermen and the Amver ship was released to continue on its original voyage.

The NSS Fortune, managed by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement of Germany, enrolled in Amver on November 24, 2003 and has earned seven  Amver participation awards.

Photo credit: marinetraffic.com 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Welcome Wednesday!

Who joined Amver this week? Take a look. Perhaps your vessel is listed below. If it is, take a #selfie or post a picture of you on the vessel. We'd love to see the people behind the Amver program. Amver is more than ships and communications networks. Amver is people. Amver is you. Thank you for being a part of a global search and rescue system. Now help us welcome the latest vessels to enroll.
  • STENA SPEY
  • SAFE CALEDONIA
  • ROSE GAS
  • SEVAN HUMMINGBIRD
  • NOBLE HANS DEUL
  • LADY EMMA
  • BYFORD DOLPHIN
  • GSF ARCTIC III
  • OCEAN NOMAD
  • TRANSOCEAN PROSPECT
  • SEDCO 704
  • SEDCO 712
  • CAPTAIN FPSO
  • TRANSOCEAN BARENTS
  • ALBA F.S.U.
  • KOHKAKU MARU
  • DOROTHEA OLDENDORFF
  • VNL RUBY
  • CAP SAN RAPHAEL
  • SEACOR POWER
  • GUO YUAN 12
  • APL COLUMBUS
  • DCI DREDGE XXI
  • BERING LEADER
  • F.D. LAURA D'AMATO
Photo credit: Fotolia

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Amver participating OSV and Russian tanker assist in search for fishing vessel


The Amver participating offshore supply vessel (OSV) Harvey Falcon and the tanker Moscow University assisted in a search for the fishing vessel Captain Mike after a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPRIB) alert was received for the fishing vessel 170 miles off the coast of Galveston, Texas on Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

U. S. Coast Guard rescue authorities at the Eighth District Command Center received the EPRIB alert and launched a search aircraft from Air Training Center Mobile, Ala. Rescue personnel also used the Amver system to locate the 239-foot offshore supply vessel and Liberian flagged tanker to assist in the search operation.

The Moscow University made call outs on the radio but was unable to make contact with the Captain Mike. The Coast Guard aircraft was able to locate the fishing vessel and the crew of the Captain Mike said their EPRIB was malfunctioning. The OSV Harvey Falcon also made contact with the fishing vessel and confirmed there was no distress. All Amver ships were released.

The OSV Harvey Falcon, managed by Harvey Gulf International Marine of New Orleans, La. enrolled in Amver on April 1, 2011 and has earned four Amver participation awards. The Moscow University, managed by Unicom Management of Cyprus, enrolled in Amver on April 6, 1999 and has earned six Amver participation awards.