Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Amver participating bulk carrier assists in search in the Pacific

U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue officials in Guam, working with rescue authorities in Malaysia, diverted an Amver bulk carrier to search for a Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert 182 miles northwest of Guam on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Coast Guard personnel received the alert, which was ambiguous and split between a position near Guam and another near Malaysia, and used an Amver surface picture (SURPIC) to locate the Panamanian flagged Amver particpant Chubu Maru. The 820-foot ship was near one of the distress locations and agreed to divert and search the area.

Rescue personnel in Guam and Thailand later
determined the EPIRB alert was a false alarm and the Chubu Maru was released to continue on its voyage.

The Chubu Maru, managed by Taiyo Nippon Kissen Co, enrolled in Amver on May 16, 1999 and has earned eleven Amer participation awards.

Photo credit: marinetraffic.com

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