Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Welcome Wednesday!

Excuse me, are you a seafarer? Oh, you are? Have you heard about Amver? You know, Amver. The global voluntary search and rescue program. You haven't? Oh, well you should learn a little about it. Your ship can easily enroll in this program. Once you enroll the crew sends a sail plan and then periodic position reports. Why do this? Because your ship may be the closest to a maritime emergency and you could save lives. That's a good thing. Many of your colleagues participate. Here are the latest ships that enrolled in Amver. We hope you will too.
  • KUKUI
  • AFRICAN GANNET
  • BELITA
  • AQUAGRACE
  • DIAMOND GAS ORCHID
  • ITHACKI
  • FAIRCHEM FORTE
  • CAPE AMAL
  • CHARLOTTE
  • AURORA CONFIDENCE
  • MARAN GAS SPETSES
  • TENMA
  • ARCTOS
  • CLIPPER VANGUARD
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Amver ship saves 2 German sailors

The Amver participating tanker Abtao rescued two German sailors after their sailboat was demasted and a personal locator beacon was activated approximately 800 miles west of the Azores on Monday, June 25, 2018.

U.S. Coast Guard officials received the beacon alert and launched an Air Station Elizabeth City C-130 search aircraft along with an the Amver participating tanker. The Abtao was reported to be five miles away from the beacon alert. The captain of the Chilean flagged tanker agreed to divert and assist in the search.

The Abtao was able to locate the sailboat and safely embark the two sailors. "We provided first aid to verify their health status and found the sailors to be in optimal health," emailed Abtao captain Francisco Montero. The survivors will remain on the 600-foot tanker until it arrives at its next port call in Florida.

The Abtao, managed by Sonamar of Chile, enrolled in Amver on July 8, 2004 and has earned four Amver participation awards.

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