Monday, April 28, 2014

Amver ship rescues sailors near Jamaica

The Amver participating tanker Alpine Marie rescued two yachtsmen from their disabled sailboat 245 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica on Thursday, April 3, 2014. The Alpine Marie also rescued the crew of a sunken bulk ship almost a year to the day off the coast of Oman.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities in Miami received a report from rescue authorities in Columbia of a disabled French flagged sailboat southeast of Jamaica. Coast Guard personnel maintained radio contact with the yachtsmen on a 30 minute communications schedule and used the Amver system to identify the Panamanian flagged oil tanker Alpine Marie.

When the Alpine Marie arrived on the scene the yachtsmen initially refused to disembark. After determining their sailing vessel could not be repaired, the two sailors boarded the 590 foot tanker without incident. The Alpine Marie transferred the survivors to authorities in Pascagoula, Miss. when it reached port.

The Alpine Marie, managed by ST Shipping and Transport of Singapore, enrolled in Amver on September 8, 2010 and has earned two Amver participation awards.

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