Thursday, February 12, 2015

Amver ship assists in search for crew of burning fishing vessel

Rescue authorities in Taiwan requested Amver assistance from U.S. Coast Guard officials to divert the Amver participating ship NSS Fortune to assist fishermen abandoning their burning fishing vessel 400 miles southeast of Kagoshima, Japan on Monday, February 9, 2015.

U.S. Coast Guard officials in Guam received a request for assistance from rescue personnel in Taiwan. The Taiwanese were looking for available ships to assist eight fishermen who had abandoned their vessel after it caught fire.

Using an Amver Surface Picture (SURPIC) the Japanese flagged ship was located 140 miles from the burning fishing vessel. The captain of the NSS Fortune agreed to change course and sail to the distress location.

According to later reports, rescue coordinators in Taiwan were able to find a Japanese Coast Guard ship that rescued the eight fishermen and the Amver ship was released to continue on its original voyage.

The NSS Fortune, managed by Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement of Germany, enrolled in Amver on November 24, 2003 and has earned seven  Amver participation awards.

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