If not for the partnership (link to pdf) between Pole Star and Amver the Greek ship Vanessa A would never have been identified to divert and assist two German sailors on Dec. 29, 2010. Couple that partnership with the online Amver surface picture request form and it was a rescue hat trick!
Rabat to the rescue
MRCC Rabat used the online form to request Amver information when they were notified of a 406 Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) in their search and rescue region. Within minutes of receiving the position of the Greek ship, rescue authorities in Rabat requested they divert and save the two Germans.
The Greek race to rescue
Thankfully the Vanessa A, managed by Kouros Maritime Enterprises, is a subscriber of Pole Star's Fleet Management package which allows their ships to automatically send Amver reports without any manual entry from the bridge. Within 30 minutes of being notified of the distress situation the crew of the Vanessa A was on the scene and engaged in rescue operations.
Our thanks goes out to the rescue personnel in Rabat for requesting the Amver information so vital for saving the German sailors. We also thank Pole Star for this life saving partnership. The Amver system wouldn't be a success without the participation of vessels like the Vanessa A so a big thanks goes out to the master and crew.
Photo credit: crew of the M/V Vanessa A