Monday, June 18, 2018

Amver container ship tows sailboat to safety

The Amver participating boxship CMA CGM Brazil towed a 46-foot sailboat to safety in St. Marten after the sailboat reported they were taking on water and disabled approximately 315 miles east north east of San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities in San Juan, Puerto Rico were notified by two sailors who's boat was taking on water through the rudder shaft. While they were able to keep up with the flooding with pumps, they were afraid they may have to abandon ship.

The Coast Guard queried the Amver system and located the Singapore flagged container ship, CMA CGM Brazil, and requested it divert to assist the sailboat. The master of the 620-foot ship agreed to divert and assist if possible. The CMA CGM Brazil was only 45 miles away from the distress location and was able to locate the sailboat.

The master and crew of the container ship devised a plan to tow the sailboat to a shallow, safe harbor. Despite ten knot winds and five foot waves, the crew of the CMA CGM Brazil was able to tow the sailboat to St. Martin. The two sailors were in good health and able to stay aboard the sailboat.

The CMA CGM Brazil, which enrolled in Amver on November 30, 2015, handed over the sailboat and two survivors to St. Martin Coast Guard authorities and resumed its voyage.

Photo credit: crew of the CMA CGM Brazil 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Who's next? Who joined Amver? Why aren't you listed here? So many questions! You can help us save lives by taking a few minutes and enrolling in Amver today. Why? The bottom line is you'll be part of a coordinated rescue instead of an incomplete picture. We're committed to only having the right ship in the right place diverted for search and rescue. Help us help you save money, time and get to your destination in a timely manner. Now, help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • ARITA
  • BOW TUNGSTEN
  • MSC MADHU B
  • ALMI TITAN
  • CHALLENGER
  • JEAN-JOSEPH
  • NAO HORIZON
  • NAO GALAXY
  • KALOLIMNOS
  • ALPHA HERO
  • KOTA PERKASA
  • EARL W. REDD
  • EMERY ZIDELL
  • SIGRID DUNLAP
Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Welcome Wednesday

Thank you! Sixteen more ships have joined Amver. Week after week we're impressed and thankful for your continued to support the Amver system. Your commitment to safety at sea matters. Lives are saved time and again. More importantly, commerce is not negatively affected. Your willingness to report to Amver means we may NOT dispatch or divert you to search for a maritime distress. That ensures you make it to port, reduces lost time and saves money. Now, help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • GOLDEN CIRRUS
  • GPO AMETHYST
  • ATLANTIC PRIDE
  • DESERT ORCHID
  • DHT COLT
  • OCEAN RIG CORCOVADO
  • KOTA SINGA
  • KOTA SURIA
  • KOTA PEKARANG
  • KOTA PELANGI
  • KOTA PEMIMPEN
  • KOTA PERABU
  • KOTA PERDANA
  • CRUDEMED
  • KEDAR NATH
  • ST. SOFIA
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Monday, June 4, 2018

Amver Car Carrier Saves 3

U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel diverted the Amver participating Ro/Ro Asian Dynasty to rescue three people from a disabled sailboat 25 miles southwest of Freeport, Bahamas on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

The product tanker Navigator Gemini received a distress call from the 32-foot sailboat that it was taking on water. The Navigator Gemini then contacted the Coast Guard who immediately launched an Ocean Sentry aircraft and the Amver participating ship Asian Dynasty.

The South Koran flagged Ro/Ro agreed to divert, located the sailboat and rescued the three yachtsmen. The survivors were uninjured and stayed aboard the Asian Dynasty until it arrived in Nassau, Bahamas.

The Asian Dynasty enrolled in Amver on December 6, 1999 and has earned five Amver participation awards.

Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

As you're off to Posidonia please take a moment and consider joining Amver. While you celebrate everything that is shipping, catch up with colleagues in Athens, bask in the warm Mediterranean sun please take a moment and ask, "Do we have our ships enrolled in Amver?" and if not, consider joining today. You'll be part of a great history and long line of seafarers taking an extra measure to ensure no call for help goes unanswered. Now, please help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • SWISSCO SUPPLIER
  • STAR LEO
  • STAR MARISA
  • STAR MAGNANIMUS
  • SAMOS
  • MARAN ATALANTA
  • LEIKANGER
  • SIMA PRIDE
  • TILOS I
  • MEISHAN BRIDGE
  • CAPT. CAE
  • BULK TRADER
  • KIMOLOS
  • DANCING BRAVE
Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Is your ship listed here? Did you know we've been bringing you this feature since the first Amver bulletin was published back in 1958? We're proud of our participants and hope you're proud to be a part of Amver. Enroll today and your ship will be shared in an upcoming edition of our Wednesday feature. Help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • PURPOVSKY
  • CAP PEMBROKE
  • KOMMANDOR 3000
  • EKATERINI
  • APPOLON
Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Great Britain, Malta, Singapore and Marshall Island flagged vessels all joined Amver this week. From LNG tankers to platform supply vessels and an accommodation ship. You never know what types of ships will enroll in Amver. More importantly, you can get a real sense of the amount of international cooperation when you look at the flag states and countries where these vessels are managed. Amver is truly an international endeavor whose success is dependent on you, the seafarer, joining the program. Help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network who recognized the importance of joining Amver.

  • FS KRISTIANSAND
  • STANDARD VIKING
  • STANDARD SUPPLIER
  • FS BALMORAL
  • CASTILLO DE MERIDA
  • CERRO DE LA PEZ
  • NORD KANMON
  • HOEGH ESPERANZA
Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

If you want to see a true cross section of the shipping community you need look no further than this weekly list. From LPG tankers to passengers ships and platform supply vessels, the list of new Amver participants includes almost every type of vessel on the water. Thank you for continuing to support Amver and ensuring no call for help goes unanswered. Here are the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • RUN FAR
  • CHARLIE
  • YARA SELA
  • NORWEGIAN BLISS
  • ARMONIA A
  • NORD POTOMAC
  • MINERVA KARTERIA
  • MIKIONA
  • AMARTHEA
  • DHT STALLION
  • DONALD M. JAMES
  • EK-RIVER
  • MORVIKEN
  • FS BRAEMAR
  • STANDARD PRINCESS
  • FS CRATES
  • FS CARRICK
  • STANDARD SUPPORTER
  • STANDARD PROVIDER
Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Eight more ships enrolled in Amver this week. We're thrilled to have you as part of the Amver safety network and applaud your willingness to take an extra step towards insuring no call for help goes unanswered. Help us welcome these new vessels.

  • ELKA ASTIR
  • IMME OLDENDORFF
  • AMAD
  •  MARAN APHRODITE
  • FEDERAL IBERVILLE
  • MADRID BRIDGE
  • SIM APRESTIGE
  • HELLAS MRIANNA
Photo Credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Did you know? This year marks Amver's 60th anniversary. That's right. We don't look a day over 59. For 60 years we have been the world's only voluntary maritime search and rescue system. It's a responsibility we don't take lightly. We could not have saved countless lives without the dedicated seafarers and maritime partners--you! Thank you for helping us achieve this birthday milestone. Without your continued support and participation, we are nothing. Help us welcome the latest members of the Amver family.

  • KUMASI
  • GASLOG HONG KONG
  • POLAR BRASIL
  • TS OSAKA
  • RESOLUTION
  • ECO REVOLUTION
  • FRONT DUCHESS
  • ECO HOLMBY HILLS
  • AQUILA OCEAN
  • GENER8 NESTOR
  • CAP QUEBEC
Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

We hope you enjoy seeing this each week. We're happy to see that week after week you continue to support Amver by joining, taking an extra step to ensure no call for help goes unanswered. Thank you for making sure you're available for search and rescue-anywhere in the world. Help us welcome the latest Amver participants.

  • KOMMANDOR IONA
  • KOUSHUN
  • ALP DEFENDER
  • BW LILAC
  • BOW TITANIUM
  • ULTRA OSORNO
  • ALMI ATLAS

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Eleven more ships have joined the Amver safety network. We're grateful for the effort taken by the crews and companies to redeciate themselves to safety at sea. You never know when you will be called upon to help someone else in distress. You never know when you will be called upon to assist in a search case. These uncertainties can cost time, money and profit. Amver participation helps ensure the right ship, in the right place, at the right time is diverted to assist. Join today and take advantage of the coordination that accompanies Amver participation. Now, help us welcome the latest Amver members.

  • NEAH BAY
  • LNG SAKURA
  • SHINRYO MARU
  • SAGA FLORA
  • SEASHINE
  • AEMMAN
  • AMERICO VESPUCIO
  • KAPELLEN
  • INGMAR OLDENDORFF
  • KYRAKATINGO
  • KHURAIS
Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Why join Amver? Because you could save a life like this one, this one or even this one. We're glad the following ships have taken the extra step to ensure no call for help goes unanswered. You can enroll here.

  • ONECURE
  • MONACO BRIDGE
  • SEA PECOS
  • HANJIN SUR
  • IRELAND
  • NORD OLYMPIA
Photo credit: Fotolia 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Amver Tanker Saves Two Sailors Near Honduras

The Amver participating chemical tanker Nordic Wolverine rescued two sailors from a disabled 55-foot sailboat approximately 210 miles east of Costa de Mosquitos, Honduras on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel at the Seventh District command center received a report from rescue authorities in Panama of the disabled sailboat and shared Amver surface picture information with them. The Norwegian-flagged tanker was identified and agreed to divert and search for the sailboat.

"We have passed through the distress position and have made radio call outs on channel 16 but have found nothing," reported the captain of the Nordic Wolverine. "We intend to continue on our voyage to Houston," the ship's captain added.

Shortly after the decision to continue to Houston, the captain of the Nordic Wolverine reported locating the sailboat in rough seas. The crew of the Nordic Wolverine provided a lee for the sailboat, embarked the two men safely and alerted authorities they were continuing on the voyage to Houston.

The 518 foot chemical tanker, managed by Borealis Maritime Ltd of the United Kingdom, enrolled in Amver on February 23, 2010 and has earned four Amver participation awards.

Photo credit: marinetraffic.com

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Who joined Amver this week? Eight, eight more ships! It's important because the right ship in the right place can do the right thing. Are you willing to accept the challenge, to do the right thing even if it requires a little extra effort on your part? We invite you to join the ranks of these ships and enroll in Amver today.

  • MINERVA ELEFTHERIA
  • ENRICO FERMI
  • NEW PRIME
  • DIADEMA
  • FMG DAVID
  • TAYMA
  • RED LILY
  • MOL TREASURE
Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Here it is! The list of the latest ships that joined Amver. We've had this feature with Amver for almost 60 years. Thank you for continuing to support global search and rescue. Because of you more than 10,000 lives have been saved at sea. Help us welcome the latest Amver members.

  • OCEAN DESTINY
  • RUN XIANG
  • TIONG WOON OCEAN 18
  • TRISTAR SPIRIT
  • GULF STAR 1
  • MOUNT CAMERON
  • MOUNT NICHOLSON
  • QAMRAN
  • NEAPOLIS
  • SAKURA
  • FREUD
  • SPERCHIOS
Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

If you go to sea you know the dangers. The dangers of fire, flood or other disaster. Thankfully, you answer the call and enroll in Amver. Each week we're proud to share with you the names of the latest members of the Amver system. This week is no different. Help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • MINERVA BALTICA
  • SEAVIOLET
  • NORD PACIFIC
  • BRITISH OFFICER
  • CIELO DI ROTTERDAM
  • MILTON SANTOS
  • AL RIFFA
  • CG NORTHERN DANCER
  • TORM SUPREME
  • ATLANTIC JOURNEY
  • BAUSTELLA
Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Is your vessel listed here? It is if you've enrolled in Amver this past week. Since 1958 we've been proud to list the ships that joined Amver. It's exciting for us. It's good news. It demonstrates a strong desire to help. Thank you for continuing to support Amver. Now help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • CESI WENZHOU
  • MSC SAVONA
  • STI RAMBLA
  • EAGLE SAN JOSE
Photo credit: Fotolia

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

We're luck enough here in the Amver office to not only see what ships enroll, but what type of ship has enrolled. It's fascinating to see the various types of ships who have agreed to take that extra step dedicated to safety at sea. This week, among the bulk carriers and oil tankers, there was a "landing craft" vessel enrolled. Thank you for continuing to support the Amver safety network and welcome!
  • BA'AYA 1
  • RS AURORA
  • SEAVISION
  • FRONT POLARIS
  • ARISTEA
  • DESPINA V
  • BERGE OLYMPUS
  • CMA CGM ANTOINE DE SAINTE E
  • NORDPENGUIN
  • TORM HERDIS
Photo credit: Fotolia

Friday, February 2, 2018

Save The Date! 2018 National Maritime Day & Amver Awards

Mark your calendars for the 2018 National Maritime Day and Amver awards in Washington, DC. In addition to the National Maritime Day activities and Amver awards, we'll celebrate Amver's 60th anniversary.

This year 757 U.S. managed ships earned Amver awards, including three ships that will receive awards for 35 years of participation.

This is a truly special event and one you won't want to miss. We certainly hope you'll watch for your invitation in the mail and join us for this extraordinary event.

See you on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Activities start at 3:00 pm with a Safety at Sea seminar hosted by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association followed by a reception and awards.  U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Admiral Paul Zukunft is the invited speaker.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

What a week! Fifteen additional ships have decided to take an extra step in dedicating themselves to safety at sea. We're thrilled you decided to help us ensure no call for help goes unanswered. Thank you for enrolling in Amver. Help us welcome the latest members of our safety network.

  • AS LAETITIA
  • LIVIA ROSE
  • GLOBAL JUPITER
  • GLOBAL AMBITION
  • GOLDEN CUMULUS
  • TIAN JIAN
  • ARCTIC GAS
  • STOLT PALM
  • DARYA AUM
  • MARATHI
  • FORMENTO THREE
  • PERSEPOLIS
  • SC VIRGO
  • FUKUSHIMA MARU
  • TODD E. PROPHET
Photo credit: Fotolia

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Three Amver Ships Assist Lone Sailor in Distress

M/V EXPRESS BERLIN ex Hanjin Germany
Three Amver ships had to assist a lone sailor as he experienced mishap after mishap on a journey from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to Los Angeles, Cal.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel in Los Angeles received a notification from the Garmin/Inreach Emergency Call Center that a lone sailor on a 45-foot sailboat was disabled and adrift approximately 700 miles west of Cabo San Lucas and requested a mechanic to help him effect repairs to his sailboat engine.

The Coast Guard, using an Amver Surface Picture, located the 587-foot bulk carrier Indigo Lake which was 340 miles from the sailboat. The captain of the Hong Kong flagged Amver participant diverted and made preparations to embark the sailor. Once the Indigo Lake arrived on scene it rigged a safety net and pilot ladder and provided a lee for the disabled sailboat. The sailor aboard the disabled boat declined to abandon ship and instead requested members of the Indigo Lake make repairs to his engine. The captain of the Indigo Lake could not safely board the sailboat and was released by the Coast Guard.

The sailor reported he was able to lower his jib and main sail and, while the main sail was tattered, was able to make way towards Los Angeles under sail. Rescue authorities then located the Norwegian flagged general cargo ship Star Gran which agreed to divert and see if they could render assistance. The crew of the 646-foot ship agreed to divert and help. The Star Gran was able to located the sailboat, tie it up alongside the ship and lower the chief engineer down to the sailboat to help troubleshoot the engine. The Star Gran briefly embarked the sailor who was given breakfast and talked to Coast Guard authorities via satellite phone. Ultimately the sailor decided to disembark the Amver ship and continue his attempt to Los Angeles. The Star Gran was released by the Coast Guard.

The following day the Coast Guard was contacted by the sailor saying he had turned off his engine to tighten a belt and could not restart his engine. He again requested assistance and Coast Guard rescue personnel, continuing to use the Amver system, located the container ship Express  Berlin and requested they divert and assist the sailor. The captain and crew of the Express Berlin were briefed on the situation and agreed to help.

The Express Berlin arrived on scene, secured the sailboat and sent a team on the sailboat to troubleshoot the engine. The engineering crew of the container ship supplied new batteries along with a spare and for a third time, the sailor declined rescue. The Express Berlin was released only to be recalled after several hours when the sailor stated he was ready to abandon ship. The 76-year old sailor safely embarked the Greek flagged container ship without injury and will remain on board until it reaches its next port call in Taiwan.

The Express Berlin, managed by Danaos Shipping of Greece, enrolled in Amver on March 25, 2011 and has earned seven Amver participation awards. The Star Gran, managed by G2 Ocean of Norway, enrolled in Amver on January 1, 1987 and has earned 27 Amver participation awards. The Indigo Lake, managed by Pacific Basin Shipping of Hong Kong, enrolled in Amver on November 4, 2015 and has earned two Amver participation awards.

Photo credit: marinetraffic.com

Another Amver LNG Carrier Makes a Rescue

The Amver participating LNG carrier Stena Crystal Sky rescued two people from their 23-foot sailboat that encountered severe weather approximately 1,000 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel at the Eleventh District Command Center received notification from the Garmin/Inreach Emergency Call Center that the 23-foot sailboat, on a voyage from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to the Marquesas Islands had experienced difficulties and lost auto-steering after encountering severe weather. The two yachtsmen on board had activated the emergency feature of their Inreach device and requested rescue.

Coast Guard authorities conducted an Amver Surface Picture and located the 977-foot LNG carrier only 280 miles from the sailboat and requested the ship divert to assist. The captain of the Great Britain flagged vessel agreed to assist and changed course to find the stricken sailboat.

The Stena Crystal Sky arrived on scene and, despite winds of 22-knots and waves exceeding 10-feet, launched a small boat to recover the two sailors from their boat. Within an hour of arriving on scene the crew of the Stena Crystal Sky had safely embarked the sailors and left the sailboat adrift. The sailors were uninjured and stayed aboard the LNG carrier until it arrived in Panama.

The Stena Crystal Sky, managed by Stena Bulk of Sweden, enrolled in Amver on January 13, 2012 and has earned six Amver participation awards.

Sailors are strongly encouraged to have a properly registered 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon on their vessel in addition to whatever other communications or emergency texting device they may carry.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Some would say one is the loneliest number but we would offer that it only takes one ship to save a life at sea. This week we welcome one new member to the Amver safety network. Thank you for enrolling and stay tuned, because life is always in peril at sea and Amver stands ready to save lives.

  • GOODWYN ISLAND
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Amver Participating LNG Carrier Saves 6

The Amver participating LNG carrier Methane Kari Elin rescued six people from their 50-foot sailboat after the crew sent a distress text message that their boat had lost its rudder and they were taking on water approximately 1,200 miles east of San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 12, 2017.

U.S Coast Guard rescue personnel in San Juan, Puerto Rico received a report from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center that the 50-foot sailboat had suffered damage and was taking on water. Coast Guard personnel immediately sent messages to all available ships in the area and conducted an Amver Surface Picture. The Bermuda flagged LNG carrier Methane Kari Elin agreed to divert and assist the stricken sailors.

The crew of the 912-foot gas carrier posted additional look outs and arrived on the scene with the disabled sailboat. The crew then began rescue operations and successfully embarked the six survivors who were uninjured. The survivors remained aboard the ship until it reached its next port of call. The sailboat was left adrift approximately 1,100 miles east of Puerto Rico.

The Methane Kari Elin, managed by Shell International Trading and Shipping Company of London, enrolled in Amver on June 24, 2004 and has earned 10 Amver awards for participation.

Photo credit: Marinetraffic.com

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Welcome 2018! Here is the list of the first vessels that enrolled in Amver this year. We're looking forward to a safe and prosperous year and wish you health, happiness and safe voyages. Thank you for helping usher in our 60th year of saving lives at sea! Now, help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.
  • STI GOAL
  • SPRING PLOEG
  • GEM NO. 5
  • VLADIMIR RUSANOV
  • MONT GELE
  • STI ESLES II
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