Thursday, December 12, 2013

Mug Shot! Amver participant M/V Mukaddes Kalkavan

Besides meeting survivors on Amver ships, the next best thing we get to do is spend time with the crews of ships that participate in the Amver system.

On Wednesday, December 11, 2013 we had the opportunity to go aboard the Marshall Island flagged container ship Mukaddes Kalkavan in New Jersey. Captain Erdem Yilmaz, and his entire Turkish crew, were very hospitable. The U.S. Coast Guard was performing a Port State Control inspection and we decided to tag along and thank the crew for their enrollment and participation in Amver. Want to know what to expect when the Coast Guard boards your ship? You can learn that by listening to this interview with a Port State Control inspector.

While we were talking with the crew we learned they were having difficulty with their voluntary weather observation reporting and we contacted a NOAA Port Meteorological Officer to fix that issue.

Finally, Amver Director Benjamin Strong presented an Amver coffee mug to the Captain as a token of appreciation for the crew's dedication to safety at sea. The Mukaddes Kalkavan, managed by Turkon Holdings, enrolled in Amver on November 27, 2012.

Photo credit: Amver

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