Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Excuse me, are you a seafarer? Oh, you are? Have you heard about Amver? You know, Amver. The global voluntary search and rescue program. You haven't? Oh, well you should learn a little about it. Your ship can easily enroll in this program. Once you enroll the crew sends a sail plan and then periodic position reports. Why do this? Because your ship may be the closest to a maritime emergency and you could save lives. That's a good thing. Many of your colleagues participate. Here are the latest ships that enrolled in Amver. We hope you will too.
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Amver ship saves 2 German sailors

The Amver participating tanker Abtao rescued two German sailors after their sailboat was demasted and a personal locator beacon was activated approximately 800 miles west of the Azores on Monday, June 25, 2018.

U.S. Coast Guard officials received the beacon alert and launched an Air Station Elizabeth City C-130 search aircraft along with an the Amver participating tanker. The Abtao was reported to be five miles away from the beacon alert. The captain of the Chilean flagged tanker agreed to divert and assist in the search.

The Abtao was able to locate the sailboat and safely embark the two sailors. "We provided first aid to verify their health status and found the sailors to be in optimal health," emailed Abtao captain Francisco Montero. The survivors will remain on the 600-foot tanker until it arrives at its next port call in Florida.

The Abtao, managed by Sonamar of Chile, enrolled in Amver on July 8, 2004 and has earned four Amver participation awards.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

It's been a busy week at Amver. There have been several dramatic rescues which would not be possible without your dedication to safety and joining the Amver system. Not only do we thank you, but the survivors are thankful as well. If you haven't joined Amver yet, now is the perfect time. Participation is easy, enrolling is a breeze and there isn't much to do except send a sail plan and an occasional position report. If your fleet is enrolled in fleet management by Pole Star or Transas the position reports may be automated and you can elect to have them shared with us. Now, help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

French sailors rescued by Amver participating bulk carrier

The Amver participating bulk carrier Omiros L rescued two sailors from their sailboat after the steering gear fouled on a voyage from the United States to the Azores on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel, working with their French counterparts at Rescue Coordination Center Griz Nez, were alerted to 12 meter sailboat with fouled steering and requesting assistance. The Coast Guard queried the Amver system and requested the 751-foot bulk carrier to change course and assist the sailors. The Omiros L was only 12 miles away from the distress location.

Within an hour of receiving the call for help, captain John Antonio had his ship alongside the sailboat and prepared the crew for rescue operations. "The weather was rough with Beaufort Scale 6 [winds approximately 22-27 knots] and waves of three and a half meters," emailed Captain Antonio. "But we've safely rescued the two Frenchmen."

The Liberian flagged ship left the sailboat adrift and the survivors will remain on board until the ship reaches New Orleans, La. The Omiros L, managed by Kyla Shipping of Greece, enrolled in Amver on October 7, 2013 and has earned four Amver participation awards.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Ocean rower rescued by Amver ship

The Amver participating cargo ship Dolfijngracht rescued a solo ocean rower from the 27-foot ocean rowboat Alba after his boat began taking on water and he abandoned ship approximately 525 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Mass. on Friday, June 15, 2018.

Rescue personnel at the U.S. Coast Guard First District Command Center received a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert for the rowboat and confirmed the boat was in distress with the United Kingdom Mission Control Center which received a satellite phone call from the rower stating he was abandoning ship.

Coast Guard personnel queried the Amver system and diverted the 514-foot dry cargo ship Dolfijngracht which was only 20 miles from the distress location. In addition to the Amver ship, a full array of international resources were requested to assist including a U.S. Coast Guard search aircraft, a Canadian search and rescue aircraft from Halifax and an Italian naval ship.

"We immediately changed course and I ordered full steam ahead," reported Marco Goorden, captain of the Netherlands flagged cargo ship. Despite 10-foot seas and  28-knot winds the crew of the Dolfijngracht was able to embark the rower. "He was doing ok but was exhausted. We gave him food and some strong coffee," captain Goorden emailed to the Coast Guard.

The rower will remain on the Dolfijngracht until it arrives at its next port of call in Quebec, Canada. The Dolfijngracht, managed by Spliethoff's Bevrachtingskantoor BV of Amsterdam, enrolled in Amver on December 13, 2009 and has earned one Amver participation award.

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Amver participating bulker saves 3

The Amver participating bulk carrier Desert Spring saved three sailors from their sailboat that had lost its keel and was taking on water approximately 330 miles northeast of Anguilla on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities in San Juan, Puerto Rico received a call from Rescue Coordination Center Sweden that a 36-foot sailboat was taking on water and the sailors were prepared to abandon ship. The Coast Guard queried the Amver system and requested the Marshall Island flagged bulker to divert and assist if possible.

Captain Roderick Andam quickly assembled the crew of the 633-foot ship and agreed to divert and help. The Desert Spring was only 88 miles away from the sailboat. Once on scene, the crew of the Desert Spring quickly embarked the yachtsmen from their life raft. The survivors were uninjured and the Desert Spring deviated towards Puerto Rico to transfer the survivors to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The survivors were transferred to U.S. Coast Guard personnel and the Desert Spring continued on its voyage to New Orleans. The Desert Spring, managed by Atlantic Bulk Carriers Limited of Greece, enrolled in Amver on Jaunary 17, 2012 and has earned three Amver participation awards. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Amver tanker tows French sailboat to safety

The Amver participating oil tanker BW Nile assisted four French sailors and towed their 43-foot sailboat which suffered engine failure and broken sails approximately 225 miles east of Cape May, N.J. on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities received a notification from French rescue personnel that the 43-foot sailboat Simbad had a disabled engine and broken sails and required assistance. The Coast Guard queried the Amver system and located the 748-foot tanker and requested the ship divert to assist the sailboat.

The four sailors reported two were in good health, one sailor had broken ribs and the last sailor had severe sea sickness. The BW Nile, after agreeing to assist the sailboat, arrived on scene and determined towing the sailboat to New York was the best course of action. The Singapore flagged tanker was able to secure a line to the sailboat and was began towing the boat towards New York. Because of the sea state the sailors remained aboard their sailboat.

The BW Nile was able to hand off the tow to Coast Guard personnel without incident. The BW Nile, managed by BW Tankers, enrolled in Amver on August 14, 2017.

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