Friday, October 14, 2016

Amver Ship Assists Fishing Vessel Near Cayman Islands

The Amver participating cargo ship UBC Tampa assisted a disabled 40-foot cargo ship that had reportedly been adrift for a week approximately 115 miles southwest of Grand Cayman on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities in Miami, Fla. received notification that a Customs and Border Protection aircraft spotted flares  coming from three people aboard a 40-foot fishing vessel. The Coast Guard issued a marine broadcast, queried the Amver system and coordinated with rescue officials in Cocesna. The 597 foot cargo ship UBC Tampa was discovered on the Amver surface picture and the crew agreed to divert and assist the fishing boat. Within two hours the Cypriot flagged ship was on the scene and assessing the situation with the fishermen.

The fishermen reported they had run out of fuel and had been adrift for a week. The UBC Tampa supplied them food, water and fuel and ensured the fishing boat was able to get underway. Once the fishing vessel was heading back to Grand Cayman, the UBC Tampa was released to continue on its journey.

The UBC Tampa, managed by United Bulk Carriers, enrolled in Amver on October 11, 2009 and has earned five Amver participation awards.

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