Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Amver Bulk Carrier Helps Rescue Survivors From Sunken Tanker


On Friday, May 27, 2022 the Amver participating bulk carrier UBC STAVANGER assisted in rescue operations when a 296-foot coastal tanker sank 129 miles off the coast of Curacao.

The 561-foot UBC STAVANGER, part of a larger rescue force including a Cuban commercial ship sent to assist, immediately mustered the crew and began looking for survivors. 

"At 9:25 in the morning local time we received a notification from Dutch Caribbean rescue authorities to assist a sunken tanker and look for people in the water," said UBC STAVANGER Captain Joel Bernasol.  "We rescued five people, four from a life raft and one survivor who was found in the water." he added.

The survivors were uninjured and disembarked at the Port of Point Lisas in Trinidad and Tobago.

The UBC STAVANGER, managed by Mastermind Shipmanagement of Cyprus, enrolled in Amver on March 28, 2005 and has earned 12 Amver participation awards. 

Photo credit: crew of the UBC Stavanger

Monday, June 6, 2022

Amver Oil Tanker Rescues Solo Sailor

On Monday, May 23, 2022 the Amver participating oil tanker CHEMICAL CONTENDER rescued a lone sailor from his 24-foot sailboat after the boat became disabled approximately 158 miles east of Cape Henry, Va.

The 61-year-old sailor departed Virginia attempting to row across the Atlantic when he encountered 25 knot winds and eight to ten foot seas and activated his Garmin in-Reach device requesting assistance. U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities received his alert and immediately queried the Amver system. The Liberian flagged tanker CHEMICAL CONTENDER was located less than ten miles from the stricken rowboat and the ship's captain agreed to divert and assist. Thankfully, the Liberian flagged tanker was only ten miles away from the rowboat.

Despite the challenging weather conditions on scene, Captain Zorlu and the crew of the CHEMICAL CONTENDER were not only able to safely embark the yachtsman, but successfully bring his sailboat aboard the ship as well.

The CHEMICAL CONTENDER was steaming from Baltimore when it was called to assist and kept the survivor and his boat onboard the ship until it reached Houston, Texas where he was disembarked. The CHEMICAL CONTENDER, managed by Chemship in the Netherlands, enrolled in Amver on November 8, 2018 and has earned four Amver participation awards.

Photo credit: Crew of the Chemical Contender

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Come Celebrate National Maritime Day and US Amver Awards

After two years of virtual meetings and staying apart we are excited to announce that the U.S. Amver Awards ceremony and National Maritime Day celebration will return to Washington, DC as an in-person event. Mark your calendar for May 19, 2022!

Once again the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) is our host at the National Press Club for Safety at Sea seminar, National Maritime Day recognition and combined U.S. Coast Guard Amver and William M. Benhkert Awards.

Come join us at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to reconnect with colleagues, see old friends and celebrate National Maritime Day and an unparalleled commitment to safety and stewardship at sea. We look forward to seeing you there!

Photo credit: USCG photo by Beverly Howard

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

It's Time to Reconnect!

All roads to reconnecting lead through Connecticut. If you are in the shipping industry I hope you are as excited as we are to the return of CMA Shipping Expo and Conference that makes its jubilant return to Stamford, Conn. March 29th to the 31st. 

The last two years have taken a toll on our industry and the Amver team is looking forward to safely reconnecting at the iconic Stamford Hilton. If you are interested in learning more about our voluntary search and rescue system and how we are evolving to meet the challenges of the future, come see us!

It's time to see each other, learn from each other, and thank the brave men and women in our industry who have kept the world going. Not only have seafarers faced incredible challenges at home and sea, they have continue to provide unparalleled search and rescue services around the world. We look forward to seeing you in Connecticut!

Monday, August 23, 2021

Amver and a U.S. Coast Guard Cutter team up to rescue three people off Costa Rica

U.S. Coast Guard authorities at the Eleventh District Rescue Coordination Center diverted the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Northland and the Amver bulker Avra.GR after rescue personnel in Costa Rica requested assistance with a vessel fire and three people in the water approximately 150 miles south of Gulfito, Costa Rica on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

The cutter Northland deployed it's rescue helicopter which located the vessel in distress while the Northland crew launched an over the horizon rescue boat to safely embark the three survivors. The survivors were then transferred to the Marshall Island flagged bulker Avra.GR. The Avra.GR will disembark the survivors in Costa Rica.

The 587-foot Amver ship was only 58 miles away from the distress location when it was identified by rescue authorities and asked to assist. The Avra.GR, managed by M/Maritime of Greece, enrolled in Amver on June 10, 2016 and has earned two Amver participation awards.

Updated August 23, 2021: The Avra.GR is managed by M/Maritime of Greece.

Photo credit: USCG Photo

Monday, August 2, 2021

Amver Bulker Rescues Person Adrift At Sea

The Amver participating bulker SBI Hermes rescued a lone survivor in the Alboran Sea after a crewmember spotted him clinging to debris and waving for help on July 13, 2021.

The Liberian flagged ship immediately notified rescue personnel at MRCC Tarifa and prepared the ship and crew for rescue operations. Within 30 minutes of locating the person in the water the crew skillfully maneuvered and positioned the 652-foot ship in the best position to recover the survivor.

The crew successfully recovered the survivor who was weak and had difficulty speaking. He was quickly transferred to the ship's hospital where he was given food, dry clothes and Covid-19 precautions were implemented. Rescue authorities were notified and a plan was formed to disembark him on a rescue craft.

The survivor, a Moroccan national, was safely transferred to a local rescue boat the following day. The SBI Hermes continued on its voyage.

The SBI Hermes, managed by Scorpio Commercial Management of Monaco, enrolled in Amver on February 17, 2016 and has earned six Amver participation awards.

Photo credit: Crew of the SBI Hermes

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Two Amver Ships Assist In Rescue Of German Sailor

Rescue authorities in Boston used the Amver to divert two ships to rescue a 81-year old German sailor after his sailboat became disabled 340 miles southeast of Cape Cod, Mass. on June 15, 2021.

The sailor, aboard a 36-foot sailboat that suffered damage including losing its mast, notified the U.S. Coast Guard who launched a rescue aircraft and, utilizing the Amver search and rescue system, diverted the Amver ships Tysla and Mare Picenum to assist the sailor.

The crew of the rescue aircraft was able to locate the sailboat and provide its precise location to the Amver ships. The Maltese-flagged Tylsa provided communications while the 898-foot Italian flagged Mare Picenum began preparing for rescue operations and lowered a ladder to embark the lone sailor. The Mare Picenum was only 25 miles away from the distress location.

The crew of the Mare Picenum was able to safely embark the sailor and provided him dry clothing and food. He remained aboard the ship until it reached its next port of call. 

"Seafarers are force multipliers in any search and rescue case," said Benjamin Strong, AMVER director, for the Coast Guard. "The heroic efforts to rescue the German yachtsman are in keeping with the highest tradition of mariners helping mariners. The actions taken by the crew of Mare Picenum reinforce the relevance and importance of the Coast Guard Amver system, and the role it plats in global search and rescue."

The Tysla, managed by Wilhelmssen Ship Management of Norway, enrolled in Amver on February 23, 2012 and has earned ten Amver participation awards. The Mare Picenum, managed by Teekay Tankers Chartering of Canada, enrolled in Amver on October 3, 2011 and has earned three Amver participation awards.

Photo credit: USCG