Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

When the Amver bulletin started in the 1950s there was a section that included the names and call signs of vessels that were newly enrolled. We are proud to carry on that tradition each week with list of ships enrolled. You can join in this long tradition and enroll your ship today.

  • HYUNDAI PRIDE
  • WEST SATURN
  • H
  • EAGLE BRASILIA
  • PAUL A. DESGAGNES
  • FLEX COURAGES
  • ARIZONA LADY
  • ROYAL KALEIDO
  • SEA DOLPHIN
  • CLIPPER ERIS
  • IVS PRESTWICK
  • CSK ZEPHR
  • SKY PRINCESS
  • CL PEARL RIVER
  • FABULOUS
  • ONGA
  • PACIFIC MYRA
  • CRANE MIMOSA
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

What's a number? To us it represents hope. The number of ships that join Amver each week mean one more person may end up saved at sea. It means the crew of a fishing vessel could get saved or a pilot ditching an aircraft at sea may get rescued. You, the seafarer, make Amver work. Thank you for continuing to support the Amver program after more than 62 years!

  • VLADIMIR VIZE
  • NIKOLAY URVANTSEV
  • SUNDA
  • BARRAMUNDI
  • NIOVI. GR
  • VERNADSKY PROSPECT
  • OVERSEAS GULF COAST
  • CAP CANAVERAL
  • GLORIA CONFIDENCE
  • AURELIA 1
  • SONDERBORG
  • HARMONY YUNGANG
  • LANDBRIDGE HORIZON
  • NAVIG8 GRACE
  • NAVIG8 GUARD
  • NAVIG8 GUIDE
  • MARLIN LOBELIA
  • MARLIN LOTUS
  • MSC JOSSELINE
  • NAVIG8 GRATITUDE
  • EASTERN DREAM
  • EXODUS
  • SOLO
  • TRADER EXPRESS III
  • ZAYN
  • CAPE MARIN
  • GREEN CELESTE
  • MENDELEEV PROSPECT
  • ZEPHYRUS
  • LA SELVA
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

We missed last week so we’ve got double the number of ships to share with you! Forty seven new Amver participants to be exact. While most vessels come from the usual Flag States we’re also pleased to see a Vietnamese flagged cargo ship as part of the Amver network. Welcome! Here are the latest ships in the Amver safety family.

  • SEVEN BOREALIS
  • MSC TOPAZ
  • METTE MAERSK
  • DILIGENT WARRIOR
  • ECO BEVERLY HILLS
  • JAZZ
  • FRANCESCO
  • GNV AZZURRA
  • ALONISSOS
  • RELIABLE WARRIOR
  • MSC ALIYA
  • GHILLIE
  • XIANG YANG HONG 14
  • NIKOLAY YEVGENOV
  • GEORGIY USHAKOV
  • PHUONG DONG 10
  • HOEGH GALLEON
  • MSC FAITH
  • CL VOLGA RIVER
  • HUNER ALTA
  • ATLANTIC SALVOR
  • UP AGATE
  • YURI KUCHIEV
  • SEA BEAUTY
  • WONDERFUL WORLD
  • FAIRCHEM HONOR
  • ALAND
  • MSC LEA
  • MAREN MAERSK
  • SEAGEM
  • MARVEL HERON
  • MUMBAI MAERSK
  • GOLDEN CHAMPION
  • CASTOR
  • MATSURI
  • MCC NINGBO
  • NEPTUNE MOON
  • FORTIS AUSTRALIS
  • KHARIS HERITAGE
  • SHUN TONG
  • OOCL JAPAN
  • FEDERAL MONTREAL
  • BBG FANGCHENG
  • JENS OLDENDORFF
  • OCEAN WORLD
  • TAKAROA SUN
  • YASA FLAMINGO
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

Thank you! Twenty four vessels have joined Amver this week. From fishing vessels to a platform supply ship and nearly every type of vessel in between are now sailing, ready to assist in a maritime emergency anywhere in the world. Have you joined Amver? What keeps you from enrolling? We would certainly welcome your participation. Now help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • STORM PETREL
  • KEOYOUNG EURO
  • PRUDENT WARRIOR
  • MSC AINO
  • NEW VISION
  • GREEK K-MAX 1
  • MSC ISABELLA
  • MARI KOKAKO
  • WEISSHORN EXPORER
  • MARIE MAERSK
  • BANGLARD AGRAGOTI
  • PRISM BRILLIANCE
  • MAERSK LABREA
  • MSC MELINE
  • IONIAN SEA
  • AURELIA
  • HENRI PITOT
  • MSC PALAK
  • MILNIA MAERSK
  • WEC MONDRIAAN
  • ECO BEL AIR
  • PLATANOS
  • THASSOS
  • ALMYROS
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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

How do you join Amver? It's easy, just sign up here. There isn't much to it. Some basic information about your ship, contact details, medical compliment on board the ship. These details, coupled with the sail plan that ships provide prior to a journey, are what differentiate Amver from other vessel tracking services. Also, Amver information is ONLY used for search and rescue. It isn't used for regulatory or law enforcement purposes. So why not enroll in Amver today?  Help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • SOUTA MARU
  • TSV IO
  • ORIENTAL COSMOS
  • NAVIOS GEMINI
  • EURYBIA
  • BASCOGNE
  • MARI
  • MARI COUVA
  • KASSIOPI GR
  • HANSA OFFENBURG
  • BW PAVILLION ARANDA
  • ROALD AMUNDSEN
  • VIVIT ALTAIS
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

While many of you are at London International Shipping Week there are still thousands of ships and seafarers at sea. Twenty of these ships joined Amver this week. We are thankful for their dedication to safety at sea. If you’re in London I hope our paths will cross and you can say hello to a member of the Amver team. Now, help us welcome the latest members of the Amver family.

  • MAYAN PRINCES
  • MING HONG
  • VINASHIP GOLD
  • DIMITRIS
  • PACIFIC DUCHESS
  • OOCL INDONESIA
  • DON G FANG HONG 3
  • TIAN YOU
  • KOROLEV PROSPECT
  • KEN BOS
  • DESERT GRACE
  • BERGE JEBEL JAIS
  • NAVIG8 GOAL
  • CMA CGM FORT FLEUR D’EPEE
  • JONAS OLDENDORFF
  • BW MAYSUYAMA
  • HODAKA GALAXY
  • HUNTER SAGA
  • BOW ORION
  • CLEAROCEAN AJAX
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Monday, September 9, 2019

Amver Participating Container Ship Saves Two

The Amver participating container ship Venetiko saved two fishermen from a vessel that sank approximately 154 miles southeast of Puerto Rico on Friday, August 23, 2019.

Search and rescue authorities at rescue coordination center Fort de France notified U.S. Coast Guard authorities in San Juan of a possible overdue vessel with two people aboard. The fishing boat was presumably four days overdue from a voyage departing from Dominica. Rescue personnel in Curacao were also assisting in the search and rescue efforts.

U.S. Coast Guard personnel queried the Amver system and located the 915-foot Amver participating container ship Venetiko which agreed to divert and search for the missing boat. The Liberian flagged ship was able to locate the overdue boat and safety rescued the two fishermen. The two fishermen were disembarked at the Venetiko’s next port call in Columbia.

The Venetiko, managed by Costamare Shipping of Greece, enrolled in Amver on August 19, 2008 and has earned eight Amver participation awards.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

An additional ten ships joined Amver this week. There are some interesting vessel types as well. From an articulated pusher tug to a training ship, the vessels enrolling in Amver run the gamut of ships. You can help by joining Amver an ensuring no call for help goes unanswered. Here are the new members!

  • REINAUER TWINS
  • OOCL GERMANY
  • SAJIR
  • DCI DREDGE XI
  • FAIRCHEM INTEGRITY
  • RACHEL CARSON
  • MOSCOW MAERSK
  • SPIRIT OF DISCOVERY
  • NISSOS DONOUSSA
  • KAPITAN GREGORIO OCA
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

Each week, for more than 60 years, we have shared the new vessels enrolled in Amver. This week is no different. We do this because we feel it is important to recognize greatness. Not that ships that don't participate in Amver aren't somehow great. Rather, those that elect to participate have taken an extra step, made an extra commitment to safety at sea. You can take that extra step and enroll here. Now help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.
  • MING DA
  • ACACIA LEO
  • YIN NIAN
  • MIA DESGAGNES
  • ULTRALAZ
  • TORM STRENGTH
  • GH NAVIGATOR
  • TOKYO TRADER
  • DARYA SITA
  • ISABELLA MANX
  • PACIFIC DISPATCH
  • VENTURE PEARL
  • ORANGE VICTORIA
  • GEMMA
  • NACC CAPRI
  • CL SUZHOU
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

Amver remains unique in that is is voluntary. Despite this voluntary status, ships from around the globe join and commit to sending their positions and, if called up on in an emergency, delaying the delivery of their good in order to save lives at sea. What an amazing relationship. The relationship, the trust between the world's shipping community and the United States is something that should be celebrated and replicated. Thank you for supporting Amver. Now help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • HORIZON STAR
  • CARLOS DRUMMOND DE ANDRADE
  • PRIVATE ROBERTSON V.C.
  • FLEX ENDEAVOUR
  • INDUSTRIAL FUSION
  • CHEMICAL SAILOR
  • HOEGH GANNET
  • GOLDEN CORAL
  • NAVIOS LIBRA
  • BBG FOREVER
  • MARLIN MYTHIC
  • TORM SOLUTION
  • SEAFALAXY
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Welcome Wednesday

It's holiday and vacation season. Many of us are visiting family, visiting new places as summer comes to a close. The seafarer is still underway. Ships sail and goods are delivered. Despite the summer vacation season, ships continue to enroll in Amver. Here are the latest ships to join the Amver safety network.

  • MTT KUCHING DUA
  • COSCO ENGLAND
  • CL YANGZHOU
  • GH ECLIPSE
  • FAIRCHEM VALOR
  • OCEANA RIVER
  • NISSOS ANTIPAROS
  • ATALANTI GR
  • MADRID MAERSK
  • MALENA
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

You may be on holiday. It's summer and many people are taking some well deserved rest. You know who isn't taking a break? Seafarers, that's who. Ships continue on their voyages, training continues and watch standers continue to work. Life at sea isn't glamorous, but it's necessary. To all the men and women underway and those that support them, thank you. Here is the list of those ships that have taken an extra step to ensure no call for help goes unanswered. They enrolled in Amver last week. Thank you!

  • MARVEL KITE
  • MARSHAL VASILEVSKIY
  • NEW VISION
  • FAIRCHEM COPPER
  • VOLCAN DE TAGORO
  • ELANDRA PINE
  • MSC JEWEL
  • NISSOS SANTORINI
  • BBG NANNING
  • SANTA TERESA
  • SCARABEO 8
  • KRONPRINS HAAKON
  • MCC CHITTAGONG
  • SINGAPORE VOYAGER
  • LEIV EIRIKSSON
  • VOS CHAMPION
  • STAMATIA
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Monday, July 29, 2019

Amver Participating Cruise Ship Saves Three

Three crew were rescued by the Amver participating cruise ship Sea Princess after their 100-foot passenger ship sank approximately 171 miles south of Haiti on Saturday, July 27, 2019.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel in San Juan received a call for assistance from rescue authorities at Rescue Coordination Center Curacao. RCC Curacao reported the 100-foot passenger vessel Miss Debbie was taking on water and suffering an engine failure. The supply vessel reported winds of 18 knots and waves of six to ten feet.

Coast Guard personnel immediately queried the Amver system and located the 856-foot cruise ship Sea Princess and requested the ship divert and assist in search and rescue operations. The crew of the Bermuda flagged cruise ship changed course and headed to the last known position of the Miss Debbie.

Rescue authorities in Curacao launched an aircraft and located the three survivors in a life raft. The vessel had completely sunk. The Sea Princess arrived on scene within three hours of being notified and rescued the three people from their life raft. The survivors will disembark in Curacao.

The Sea Princess, managed by Princess Cruise Lines, joined Amver on December 6, 1998 and has earned more than 13 participation awards.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Greek Amver Bulker Saves Sailor In Dramatic Atlantic Rescue

The Greek Amver participating bulk ship Virtuous Striker saved a sailor from his stricken catamaran approximately 330 miles south east of Nantucket on Wednesday, July 24, 2019.

U.S Coast Guard rescue personnel at the First District Command Center received a Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert for the 37-foot catamaran Ishmael and launched a Coast Guard search aircraft and diverted the Amver bulk ship Virtuous Striker via an Amver Surface Picture.
The captain of the Virtuous Striker reported winds of greater than 50 knots and waves exceeding 10 feet. "It will take us approximately 14 hours to arrive on scene but we are diverting to assist," he reported to rescue authorities.



The Coast Guard aircraft was able to locate the sailing vessel and drop a radio and survival supplies. Radio communications were difficult because of the severe weather conditions.

The Amver ship was able to locate the sailor. The weather conditions had improved somewhat with winds decreasing to 25-knots and waves down to 8 to 10-feet. "We have safely rescued the sailor"," captain Vitaliy Skidanov reported to the Coast Guard. "He will remain with us until we arrive at our next port call in Mississippi."

The Virtuous Striker, managed by Enterprise Shipping and Trading of Greece, enrolled in Amver on January 21, 2011 and has earned ten Amver participation awards.

video credit: U.S. Coast Guard

Tsakos Amver Tanker Rescues Canadian Sailor

Multiple Amver participating ships were called upon in the rescue of a solo Canadian sailor from his disabled sailboat approximately 750 miles east of North Carolina on July 5, 2019.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities at the Fifth District Command Center received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) alert and coordinated with their French rescue colleagues at Gris Nez along with launching a Coast Guard search aircraft and alerting the Amver network. The Amver ship Stavanger TS agreed to divert and assist in search and rescue operations.

The Coast Guard rescue aircraft was able to locate the sailor who reported, "I've lost my rudder and need assistance," via radio to the aircraft crew. The sailor was on a voyage from Saint Martin to Halifax, Canada with a stop over in Bermuda when he encountered the rudder failure.

The 816-foot crude oil tanker Stavanger TS was able to locate the sailor and safely embark him. "The 72-year old male was rescued from the sailboat and the boat was left adrift. The survivor is uninjured. We will disembark him at our next port call," reported Stavanger TS captain Savvas Maris.

The Stavanger TS, managed by Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd, enrolled in Amver on August 8, 2017 and has earned two Amver participation awards. This is its first reported rescue.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

Shipping remains dangerous. From fire, flooding and other perils there is no shortage of things that can go wrong at sea. Seafarers use caution, adhere to standards and regulations, and are lifesavers. Without the dedication of crews and the shore-side teams that support them Amver would fail. Thank you for helping us ensure no call for help goes unanswered. Please help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • MAERSK CABO VERDE
  • MSC SHUBA B
  • ASIAN PROGRESS VI
  • ONE CYGNUS
  • SEA COUGAR
  • HIGHLAND EAGLE
  • MAJESTIC MAERSK
  • MAGLEBY MAERSK
  • VOLGA MAERSK
  • MILAN MAERSK
  • LANDGRIDGE GLORY
  • ADRIANO KNUTSEN
  • GREEN CELEBRITY
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

Who joined Amver this week? Nine more vessels dedicated to saving lives at sea. There is no shortage of emergencies at sea and we're reminded of that almost every day. Thankfully, companies and vessels like those listed below work to ensure no call for help goes unanswered. Help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • DORTHE OLDENDORFF
  • MAERSK MC-KINNEY MOLLER
  • MORTEN MAERSK 
  • BOXER
  • FLEX CONSTELLATION
  • FRIEDRICH SCHULTE
  • EIGER EXPLORER
  • SEA WOLF
  • SEA EAGLE
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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Amver Oil Tanker Saves Swedish Sailor

A Swedish sailor was rescued from his sailboat after he lost all electronics and developed rudder and sail issues approximately 500 miles southeast of Nantucket on Sunday, May 23, 2019.

United States Coast Guard rescue authorities at the First District Rescue  Coordination Center received a distress alert for the 33-foot sailboat and request the Amver participating oil tanker Front Leopard divert and assist the sailor. A U.S. Coast Guard C-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft was also dispatched to the scene. The Captain of the Marshall Island flagged tanker reported "I can be on the scene in three hours."

The Front Leopard captain arrived at the distress location and emailed back to the Coast Guard, "There is no vessel in the distress position but we see a suspicious radar target drifting to our south at two knots. We also observed a red flare in the same position, approximately four miles away. We are altering course to that location and I have four lookouts posted and the powerful searchlight illuminated."

Shortly after that report the 823-foot tanker located the boat with the 63-year old sailor aboard. Despite 10-foot waves and 20 knot winds, the crew of the Front Leopard was able to safely rescue the sailor using the Jacobs Ladder. The sailor was in good health and remained aboard the Front Leopard until it arrived in Houston.

The Front Leopard, managed by Frontline Management of Bermuda, enrolled in Amver on April 12, 2016 and has earned four Amver awards for participation.

Video credit: U.S. Coast Guard

Welcome Wednesday!

Tomorrow in the United States we celebrate our independence. Every day we celebrate independence from fear with Amver. Your participation in the world's only voluntary search and rescue system should offer relief to those who go to sea. Your dedication to safety at sea knows no bounds. Thank you for continuing to support the Amver system and ensuring no call for help goes unanswered.

  • CAPT EMMETT
  • MARINA CARIBE
  • ENSEMBLE
  • VUOKSI MAERSK
  • NEW JOURNEY
  • TROPIC ISLAND
  • STREAM PACIFIC
  • SOUTHERN HAWK
  • RED NOVA
  • NISSOS DESPOTIKO
  • WILLOW
  • MURCIA MAERSK
  • VIKING JUPITER
  • CL RHINE RIVER
  • MARINA VICTORIA V
  • ESTEEM ASTRO
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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

Another week, another list of ships that have agreed to divert and assist in search and rescue. It's an extra measure of safety that's voluntary. Does it mean you may be delayed on a journey? Yes, but you recognize the delay means a life may be saved. There's value in that. It's the right thing to do. We're grateful for your steadfast dedication to safety at sea. Who joined Amver this week? Let's take a look.

  • ABIGAIL SUNRISE
  • MAERSK CAPE COAST
  • BERGE TOUBKAL
  • NS DREAM
  • MARLIN MAGNETIC
  • MAERSK ACHIEVER
  • CMA CGM FORT SAINT CHARLES
  • KHK MAJESTY
  • SAN FRANCISCA
  • KEM 1
  • MARAN GAS CHOS
  • FANFARE
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Amver Participating Oil Tanker Saves Four

The Amver participating oil tanker Torm Hilde rescued four people from a 45-foot sailboat with a broken rudder and low fuel approximately 400 miles southeast of Bermuda on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel in Boston, working with their rescue colleagues at Rescue Coordination Center Bermuda, were alerted to the distress of the 45-foot sailboat Boingo Alive which was on a voyage from Antigua to the Azores when it suffered a rudder casualty. The crew of the Boingo Alive indicated they did not have enough fuel to reach their next port.

Coast Guard authorities, using the Amver system, were able to locate the Singapore flagged tanker and requested the captain divert to assist the sailboat. Captain Singh Mann agreed to divert and prepare for rescue operations. "We have altered course and increased to full speed to assist vessel in the distress position," captain Mann reported.

The 816-foot tanker made radio contact with the sailboat, determined they could not safely tow the sailboat and prepared to embark four of the six yachtsmen aboard the sailboat. The four were unhurt and remained aboard the tanker until it arrived in port in Gibraltar.

The Torm Hilde, managed by Torm Shipping of India, enrolled in Amver on March 26, 2019. This is the vessels first rescue.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Amver Container Ship Rescues Solo Sailor

A lone sailor in a 60-foot double-masted sailboat experienced extreme weather and was rescued by the Amver participating container ship Cap Papatele approximately 1,095 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii on Sunday, April 11, 2019.

U.S. Coast Guard officials at the Fourteenth District command center received a phone call from a friend of the sailor. The friend reported he was worried about the sailor and the sailor was experiencing extremely severe weather and wanted to be rescued from his sailboat.

The Coast Guard queried the Amver system and contacted the container ship Cap Paptele. The captain of the Singapore-flagged ship agreed to divert and assist the sailor. "Good day, we are heading towards the last known position of the sailboat," the master of the Cap Papatele emailed to rescue authorities.

The sailor reported weather conditions were worsening and he did not know if he could survive another night on the boat. He donned his safety equipment, strobe light, and a life jacket as the Cap Papatele was able to maneuver alongside and, despite 25-knot winds and waves greater than 12 feet, successfully recovered the sailor.

The Cap Papatele disembarked the survivor in Long Beach, California. The Cap Papatele enrolled in Amver on February 21, 2011.

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Amver Bulk Carrier Saves Four

The Amver participating bulk carrier Bulk Aries rescued four people from a sailboat adrift approximately 750 miles west of Acapulco, Mexico on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

The yachtsmen claimed they had been attacked by pirates and needed assistance. Their satellite phone company contacted U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities to report the incident. The Coast Guard then queried the Amver system and located the 656-foot bulk carrier and asked the captain if he would divert his ship to assist the sailboat.

 The Spanish sailors reported they were attacked by pirates, were low on food and water and did not have an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB). They also reported they did not have life jackets or a life raft. The sailors were advised that the Bulk Aries agreed to divert and was on the way to rescue them.

The Bulk Aries arrived at the last known location of the sailboat and began making radio call outs and searching for the boat. The crew of the Singapore flagged ship was able to locate the boat and safely embark the four survivors. The yachtsmen were uninjured.

The Bulk Aries disembarked the survivors at their port call in Peru. The Bulk Aries enrolled in Amver on August 18, 2016.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

It's that time of the week. Time to take a look at who joined Amver. Have you considered joining? These ships are setting the example and ensuring no call for help goes unanswered. Will you join them?

  • NORDIC COPENHAGEN
  • LEV SOLDATOV
  • ORIENTAL PEARL 8
  • YU KUN
  • COTINGA
  • TONNE
  • FOLEGANDROS
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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

Four more ships have joined the ranks of the more than 20,000 ships that volunteer to save lives at sea. Why would any shipping company want the extra burden of participating in Amver? For starters, the administrative burden of enrolling is small.

It takes less than 5 minutes to enroll a ship. Second, position reports can be sent automatically from several commercial providers such as Pole Star or Transas. Finally, if you have to send manual reports those are only a few lines of an email.

Your ship won't be unnecessarily diverted for an emergency. The benefit is you may end of saving a life. So please, consider joining Amver and help us welcome the latest members is the Amver safety network.

  • NEW HONOR
  • JACOB OLDENDORFF
  • SPECTRUM OF THE SEAS
  • DEBBIE H
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Iceland Amver Awards

Amver Director Benjamin Strong presented the Icelandic research vessel Arni Fridriksson with it's 2018 Amver Award to Captain Audunn Kristinsson, Deputy Chief of Operations for the Icelandic Coast Guard, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Mr. Strong was participating in the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators annual search and rescue workshop and table top exercise. The workshop brings search and rescue professionals, cruise industry personnel and academia together to discuss the latest trends in Arctic search and rescue. In addition to the rescue discussions, a table top exercise scenario is facilitated in small groups and shared with the participants.

"This is the perfect venue to recognize Arctic search and rescue," said Amver Director Benjamin Strong. "As the participants learned about recent cruise incidents and discussed search and rescue technologies it was the perfect opportunity to recognize the Arni Fridriksson. I am grateful to AECO for giving us an opportunity to recognize Iceland's contribution to safety at sea."

The Arni Fridriksson, an Icelandic research vessel, earned it's second Amver participation award in 2018.

Photo credit: AECO

Welcome Wednesday!

The variety of ships enrolled in Amver never ceases to surprise us. This week 18 additional ship joined the Amver safety network. From an asphalt carrier to a mega yacht, you've agreed to ensure no call for help goes unanswered. Thank you for continuing to support Amver. Help us welcome the latest members.

  • IVER ABILITY
  • SAMJOHN ODYSSEY
  • ANTIKITHIRA
  • BW DESPINA
  • JS INEOS MARLIN
  • PROMEHTEUS LIGHT
  • ONE COLUMBA
  • FUTURE ACE
  • STAR AMBER
  • ALPHA CHARM
  • STREAM ATLANTIC
  • NICON FORTUNE
  • CAPTAIN HADDOCK
  • PERLA
  • NEW CHAMPION
  • STAR EMERALD
  • HOUSTON VOYAGER
  • HYUNDAI MIPO 8228
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

This week we are fortunate to have a large group of new ships in the Amver system. Your continued support of this vital life saving system is what makes it work. Without your support there's no real Amver program. Thank you for joining. Thank you for continuing to send your position reports. Thank you for saying YES when called upon to help those in need. Now, help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • CREST AQUA
  • KENNINGTON
  • BW MAGNA
  • X-PRESS KABRU
  • TORM HILDE
  • MARLIN SUEZ
  • MARLIN SANTIAGO
  • MARLIN SANTORINI
  • ANSHUN
  • SELINA H
  • ALMIRANTE IRIZAR
  • ISLAS MALVINAS
  • BAHIA AGRADABLE
  • KRUIBEKE
  • BERGE LOGAN
  • BRITISH CONTRIBUTOR
  • BRITISH LISTENER
  • BRITISH MENTOR
  • MARAN GAS HYDRA
  • CIELO ROSSO
  • BIT HERO
  • SHINSHU MARU
  • NORDIC AMI
  • ONE GRUS
  • PACIFIC OPAL
  • PACIFIC M
  • NINAWA
  • OLYMPIC LAUREL
  • MARS HARMONY
  • KAI OLDENDORFF
  • MARLIN SOMERSET
  • ALEXANDRA KPN
  • ECO CALIFORNIA
  • JORITA
  • PACIFIC FURY
  • BOMAR VENUS
  • VOS GRACE
  • CCNI ANGOL
  • YM WARRANTY
  • NIEUW STATENDAM
  • BURRI
  • KOTA PENTANI
  • HOURAI MARU
  • VICTORIAN RELIANCE II
  • SAN ROMAN VOYAGER
  • STREAM BALTIC
  • IWAGI ISLAND
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

Thank you! You've responded to our appeal to continue to support Amver and enroll new ships. Today we share the ten latest ships enrolled in the Amver system. From LNG tankers to open hatch cargo ships. We are always curious about the types of ships and the names of the ships. Tell your friend and keep joining Amver! Now help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • GLOBAL KOMA
  • GASLOG GLADSTONE
  • BORIS DAVYDOV
  • NIKOLAY ZUBOV
  • CHEMOCEAN ORION
  • MERONAS
  • BORIS SOKOLOV
  • PAPLEMOS
  • MARIA P. LEMOS
  • ELAIA
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Welcome Wednesday!

If you've been wondering where the list of new ships in Amver has been look no further. For some reason, fewer and fewer ships are joining Amver. We encourage all ships, on a voyage of 24 hours or greater, to enroll in the system. It's easy, free and could result in your crew saving a life. Help us welcome the latest members of the Amver safety network.

  • GLOBAL AQUA
  • LAUREL PRIME
  • CORONA YOUTHFUL
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Friday, March 8, 2019

Amver participating cruise ship rescues two from downed aircraft

The Amver participating cruise ship Regal Princess rescued two survivors from an aircraft that ditched in the water 20 miles southeast of Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities in Miami received notification from air traffic control personnel that the aircraft had ditched. Rescue personnel immediately diverted a Coast Guard rescue aircraft, the Coast Guard Cutter Legare and queried the Amver system. The Regal Princess was located closest to the distress location.

The captain of the 1,000-foot ship agreed to divert and arrived on the scene quickly, launching a small boat to recover the two survivors who were in a life raft. With favorable winds and waves of only four feet, the rescue boat from the Regal Princess was able to quickly recover the survivors.



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The survivors were reported to be uninjured and stayed aboard the Bermuda flagged cruise ship until it arrived in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Regal Princess, managed by Princess Cruise Lines, enrolled in Amver on May 27, 2014 and has earned five Amver participation awards.

Video credit: Andy Beecher via YouTube

Monday, February 4, 2019

Amver cruise ship Carnival Sunrise assists disabled sailboat

The Amver participating cruise ship Carnival Sunrise assisted a disabled sailboat 88 miles south of South West Passage, Louisiana on December 12, 2018.

United States Coast Guard rescue officials in New Orleans, La. received a notification from the captain of the Amver participating cruise ship Carnival Sunrise that the ship was on scene with a 44-foot disabled ketch and passing fuel and lube oil.

The Bahamian flagged cruise ship was able to pass along oil and fuel and continue on its voyage. The crew of the sailboat were instructed by the Coast Guard to activate their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) if they require additional assistance.

The sailboat was able to continue on its voyage to Tampa, Fla. and the Carnival Sunrise returned to port. The Carnival Sunrise enrolled in Amver on February 24, 1999 and has earned 20 Amver participation awards.

Photo credit: Jenni Hallock via YouTube 

Welcome Back!

We're happy to report that the Amver offices are staffed, funded and open for business. We're digging through lots of emails and 2018 end of year statistics as we prepare for the upcoming awards season. Thank you for your patience. 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Amver Update

Happy New Year! 

There has been a lot of Amver activity this year. 

This blog will be updated when the United States Federal Government lapse in funding has ended. 

Thank you for your continued support of Amver.