Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

We're proud to bring you the latest members of the Amver safety network. Ships of all sorts join Amver and while all types of ships make Amver, they all join for one reason; safety. You could join Amver too. Will you? Now, help us welcome the new Amver members.

  • CABO DE HORNOS
  • OOCL BRISSELS
  • CAPE ANN
  • CAPE LOOKOUT
  • LUCKY SAILOR
  • FOLEGANDROS
  • KAPITAN DEMIDENKO
Photo credit: Fotilia

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Have you enrolled in Amver? We often ask why you haven't. Today we're asking why you decided to join. Is it because of company tradition? Did you learn about us at a maritime academy? Did a more seasoned officer mention "We always report to Amver." Did someone in a shore side office say you needed to enroll? Let us know in the comments. And help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • DALI
  • AMARANT
  • BARBARICA
Photo credit: Fotoilia

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Imagine being adrift for a month. Who is going to save you? Amver will likely save you. That was the case recently when an Indonesian teenager was saved by an Amver ship. Because of your dedication to safety at sea lives are saved every day. Thank you for continuing to support the only global voluntary search and rescue system. A system that continues to prove it is ready, relevant and responsive. Now, help us welcome the latest Amver participants.

  • CLAYTON ARTHUR
  • GARDNO
  • FEDERAL DELTA
  • SAN NICOLAS
  • KEDROS
  • RICHMOND VOYAGER
  • JOSE ALENCAR
Photo credit: Fotolia

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Indonesian Teen Rescued By Amver Bulk Carrier

An Indonesian teen who had been adrift on a fishing raft for 49 days was rescued near Guam by the Amver participating bulk carrier Arpeggio on Friday, August 31, 2018.

According to an Associated Press article the teen was rescued by the Panamanian-flagged ship about 1,200 miles from his original location. The teen used his hand held radio to contact the 738-foot ship which heard his distress call, alerted rescue authorities and embarked the survivor. The crew of the Arpeggio provided food, water and first aid.

The captain of the Arpeggio coordinated the rescue with authorities in Japan and the Indonesian mission. The teen was disembarked in Japan and reunited with his family.

The Arpeggio, which is managed by MC Shipping Ltd of Japan, enrolled in Amver on December 16, 2013 and has earned two Amver participation awards.

Photo credit: AP photo


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Farewell Kal

Sava Kalafatides. It's a name that is synonymous with Amver and Greece.  Captain Kalafatides, known affectionately as Kal, recently passed away peacefully at his home in Athens. Kal was a larger than life supporter of the Amver program and my friend. Many a lunch was spent discussing the state of the industry, our kids, the Philadelphia Eagles [disclaimer: I'm a Green Bay Packers fan] or how our wives enjoyed shopping.

Kal was instrumental in bringing the Amver awards to Greece. Kal saw an Amver awards ceremony held in the old cruise ship terminal in Piraeus, Greece and thought more could be done. He collaborated with his Greek colleagues and today, more than 1,000 people attend the Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus Amver dinner each year in Athens.

Captain Kalafatides was recognized for his support of the Amver program by U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen who presented Kal with the Distinguished Public Service Award in 2009.

Kal loved life, he loved is alma mater Kings Point, he loved the sea but most importantly Kal was loved by those around him.

Sunset and evening star,
and one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

Crossing the Bar--Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Fair winds and following seas my friend. We have the watch...




Welcome Wednesday!

Week after week. Your dedication to safety at sea is unrivaled by anything. We are continually impressed by the number and types of vessels that continue to enroll in Amver, 60 years after our founding. For those of you who have gone to sea for a generation or more, you're likely an Amver participant for a generation or more. Thank you! Now, help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • OCEAN OUTSTANDING
  • TRF HORTEN
  • BRITISH PARTNER
  • WEPION
  • ARGIRONISSOS
  • MARVIN INDEPENDENCE
  • CAPE GARNET
Photo credit: Fotolia 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Who joined Amver this past week? Here is the list! In the meantime please remember to be safe. The Pacific and Atlantic Oceans are dangerous and angry right now. There are storms churning off the American coast and near Asia. Remember, Amver stands ready to assist in search and rescue anywhere in the world. Now, help us welcome the latest members of the Amver network.

  • SATYA KENCANA
  • VENTA MAERSK
  • NEW ASSURANCE
  • AFRICAN FLAMINGO
  • NORD PACIFIC
  • EK-STREAM
  • AQUILA L
  • DARMA KARTIKA 9
Photo credit: Fotilia