Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Welcome Wednesday!

As responders race to the scene of the Korean ferry disaster we are reminded why ships enroll in Amver. To help those in distress at sea. Saving lives, while a complicated task, is an easy choice to make. Will you join the 19 ships below and commit to ensuring no call for help goes unanswered? Now, help us welcome the latest members of the Amver network.

  • COSTA FAVOLOSA
  • SUBSEA 204
  • IOLI
  • CHARLOTTE SCHULTE
  • ALSIA SWAN
  • SPRING BREEZE
  • SPOONER TIDE
  • NIMERTIS
  • SE CERULEAN
  • BELLA DESGAGNES
  • SEACOR FEARLESS
  • OOCL WASHINGTON
  • BARDU
  • APL HOUSTON
  • BARTOLOMEU DIAS
  • CORCOVADA LNG
  • BOW TRAJECTORY
  • DAIWAN ACE
  • BERGE KOSCIUSZKO
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Welcome Wednesday!

30 additional ships have enrolled in the Amver system this week. That's fantastic news. We're thankful so many of you support the Amver system. Our small way of saying thanks is by listing your ship here. Without further delay, here are the latest ships to join the Amver system.

  • SCARLET CARDINAL
  • TANCHOU ARROW
  • NAVIOS OBELIKS
  • MOL QUASAR
  • THREE SASKIAS
  • MORSKOY PRIBOY
  • GUAM
  • WELL ENHANCER
  • ZAKHER ADMIRAL
  • ZAKHER STAR
  • CAP SAN ANTONIO
  • SEA PRINCESS
  • ZAKHER ALPHA
  • SEA HAWK
  • MORNING PILOT
  • SEA CONQUEST
  • JACK BRUSCO
  • ZAKHER BRAVO
  • NANTONG SINOPACIFIC 1011
  • ZAKHER PROVIDER
  • MONTGOMERY TIDE
  • BAHRI YANBU
  • VITUS BERING
  • NELSON TIDE
  • CRANE BRIGHT
  • THALASSA ELPIDA
  • FLAMA
  • GERARD TIDE
  • APL DETROIT
  • EXPERIENCE

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Italian Amver tanker, amateur radio operator help save 3 sailor

Three sailors were rescued from their 42 foot sailboat after it began taking on water near Panama on Monday, March 31, 2014.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities at the Eleventh District command center received an Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert for the sailing vessel Even Star which was on a voyage from California to Panama with three people on board.

Coast Guard rescue personnel queried the Amver system and identified the Liberian flagged tanker Glenda Meryl near the location of the sailboat. Using the Amver ship and the help of an amateur radio operator, rescue personnel were able to divert the 600 foot tanker to the exact location of sailboat approximately 30 miles south of Panama.

The captain of the Glenda Meryl had the crew lower a lifeboat. The rescue party was able to quickly embark the three yachtsmen and bring them aboard the tanker. The survivors were not injured and the sailboat was left adrift.

The survivors were taken to  Balboa, Panama and met by Panamanian authorities.

The Glenda Meryl, managed by d'Amico International Shipping, enrolled in the Amver system on February 21, 2011 and has earned one Amver participation award.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Welcome Wednesday!

Why do ships enroll in Amver? We presume it's because they understand the dangers of being at sea, the brotherhood of those that go to sea and to ensure no call for help goes unanswered. Regardless of the reason, we are thankful companies and crews, like the 16 listed today, have pledged to make themselves available for search and rescue. 
  • LINDA C
  • OCEAN CENTURION
  • NAVE GALACTIC
  • CANCUN
  • DISCOVERY
  • PRIME ACE
  • ABIS BRESKENS
  • BAHRI GRAIN
  • BAHRI TRADER
  • COLUMBIA RIVER
  • UNION VOYAGER
  • HANIN FLORIDA
  • ARCADIA SALUTE
  • JUMEIRAH BEACH
  • BREGEN
  • APINYA NAREE
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Amver ship saves 3 near Mexico

Three adults were rescued by an Amver ship from their 61 foot catamaran Twin Cove after the boat became disabled 100 miles south east of Salina Cruz, Mexico on Friday, March 21, 2014.

The three yachtsmen alerted rescue authorities the boat was disabled and had a broken window with water coming in. They said they could only keep up with the flooding for about three hours.

The Amver participating bulk ship Gardenia K heard the catamaran's distress call on the radio and diverted to assist. Once on scene the crew of the 590 foot Marshall Island flagged ship embarked the three survivors. The three survivors were in good health and were wearing life jackets at the time of the rescue.

The catamaran was left adrift.

The Gardenia K, managed by Misuga Kaiun Co. Ltd., enrolled in Amver on February 20, 2014.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Amver cruise ships save 65 migrants in 2 cases

Two Amver cruise ships saved a total of 65 Cuban migrants in 2 cases off the coast of Florida. The Norwegian Pearl rescued 24 migrants on Thursday, March 20, 2014 and the Carnival Ecstasy rescued 41 migrants on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Norwegian Pearl 

U.S. Coast Guard officials at Sector Key West were notified by the Amver participating cruise ship Norwegian Pearl that the ship had embarked 24 Cuban migrants from a wooden boat 65 miles south west of Key West, Fla. The cruise ship crew reported the migrants were rescued safely with no health concerns.

Here is video of the rescue.  Can't see the video? Click here.



The Bahamian flagged cruise ship, managed by Norwegian Cruise Line of Miami, Fla. enrolled in Amver on November 28, 2006 and has earned seven Amver awards for participation.

Carnival Ecstasy

The Carnival Ecstasy reported to U.S. Coast Guard personnel in Miami, Fla. they had located a raft with 41 migrants and safely embarked them. One of the migrants, a one year old child, was suffering from a possible case of pneumonia and transferred to medical professionals for treatment.

The 855 foot cruise ship, managed by Carnival Cruise Lines in Miami. Fla. enrolled in Amver on January 1, 2008 and has earned 18 Amver awards for participation.

All of the migrants were transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Amver awards survey, we want your input!

Graduate students at George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration need your help to evaluate the U.S. Coast Guard Amver Awards Program.

The Amver Awards Program recognizes the heroism and efforts of you, our voluntary rescuers. Rescuers like those that searched for wreckage from the missing Malaysian flight or rescued three yachtsmen from their capsized sailboat.

The U.S. Coast Guard values your participation in Amver and needs your help to improve the awards. Your feedback will allow us to better serve you and your crews.


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