Monday, December 14, 2009

Chinese Ships Receive Amver Awards

We were honored and proud to host an Amver awards ceremony on December 2, 2009 at the Marintec Shipping Exhibition in Shanghai, China to recognize 15 Chinese ships participating in the Amver search and rescue system.

The Hebei Ocean Shipping Company’s Safety Department Manager, Captain Li Bing,
was on hand to receive the award on behalf of their vessel Sea Glory. The Sea Glory
earned its first Amver award for making itself available to assist in maritime emergencies
at least 128 days in 2008.

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Captain Li Bing (left) receives the blue Amver pennant from Benjamin Strong, Amver director, and United States Coast Guard liaison to China, Captain George Vance.

HOSCO wasn’t alone in earning this coveted safety award. China LNG Shipping
, China Shipping Development Company, COSCO, Dalian Ocean Shipping
, East Sunrise Ship Management, Bernhard Schulte Ship Management (China)
, and the Shanghai Marukichi Ship Management Company earned awards for a
total of 51 years of participation in the only global voluntary search and rescue system.

The United States Coast Guard Liaison to China, Captain George Vance, was on hand to
tout the U.S. Coast Guard’s and China’s recent collaborations. In addition to Captain
Vance, Donghai Rescue Bureau Director General Captain Sun FuMin and Shanghai
Maritime Safety Administration
Vice Director Shang Wei were on hand to congratulate the
award winners.

We hope more Chinese ships enroll in Amver and we look forward to attending Marintec 2011 to host another awards ceremony!

Photo credit: USCG photo by Beverly Howard

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