Thursday, April 2, 2020

Amver Awards Continue Despite Ongoing Medical Situtation

The U.S. Coast Gaurd AMVER awards, a mainstay of recognizing seafarer contribution to safety at sea, will continue despite the ongoing medical situation.

Historically the awards are given at industry events, embassy receptions, or other maritime celebrations around the world. The current medical situation has forced AMVER staff to find a way to ensure awards would still get to ships and companies.

"Seafarers earned these awards and it would be unfair to stop a program that recognizes the hard work and dedication of seafarers," said Benjamin Strong, AMVER Director. "Shipping and commerce continue and so will the AMVER awards."

With more than 8,000 awards to distribute, the AMVER staff is coordinating with U.S. embassies, Propeller Club Ports, and individual companies to ensure they are delivered in a timely manner.

"We are proud to continue the tradition of recognizing the individual accomplishments of seafarers and companies who volunteer in the AMVER system," stated U.S. Coast Guard Commander Auror Fleming, Acting Chief of Search and Rescue.

International shipping legend Clay Maitland summed it up best, "At a time of international crisis, which this clearly is, it is very appropriate that we recognize those maintain the highest standard of safety at sea, who keep the sea lanes open, and who support our rescuers. The AMVER awards represent the link between the U.S. Coast Guard, the seafarers and the world as a whole, and the need to maintain the highest safety values- at all times, under all conditions."

"The U.S. Coast Guard's AMVER awards program recognizes a ship and company's commitment to safety- a theme that is now more important than ever as we confront the COVID-19 outbreak," added Costis J. Frangoulis, President of the International Propeller Club, Port of Piraeus.

AMVER awards will be distributed to fleet managers by email To ensure proper delivery we request your vessel registration information is properly updated in the IHS Markit database.

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