Thursday, January 8, 2009

Congratulations COSCO!

A recent press release from the Connecticut Maritime Association (disclaimer: Amver is a member) announced Capt. Wei Jiafu, president and CEO of China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (COSCO) has been named as the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA) Commodore for the year 2009.

The Award will be presented to Capt. Wei on March 25, 2009 at the Gala Dinner marking the conclusion of the annual Connecticut Maritime Association conference and trade exposition where Amver will be exhibiting at booth G104.

COSCO is no stranger to Amver. In April of 1996, the Chinese container ship GAO HE rescued a retired U.S. Navy captain from his stricken sailing vessel in the Pacific. In fact, The People's Republic of China has 368 flagged vessels enrolled in Amver although not all are active participants. COSCO is one of the largest shipping companies in the world. Imagine if every COSCO ship actively participated in the Amver system. Think of how many more lives might be saved because of COSCO's commitment to safety.
Capt. Wei is an experienced mariner and probably familiar with the value of Amver. I encourage him to have the entire COSCO fleet actively participating in Amver in 2009 and invite Capt. Wei to visit the Amver stand while attending the conference.

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