Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Welcome Wednesday!

Is your vessel listed this week? It could be if you decide to enroll your vessel in Amver. Joining is easy and the dividends are huge. You'll be helping ensure no call for help goes unanswered. Now, help us welcome the latest members of the Amver team.

  • TRF OSLO
  • SAN LORENZO
  • PEGASUS VOYAGER
  • DCI DREDGE VI
  • APL GUANGZHOU
  • JUNIN
  • NORDIC NANJING
  • GREEN HELLAS
  • SILVER STACIE
  • MEIYO MARU
  • ALDEBARAN
  • COLOGNY
  • EMERALD STAR
  • BUBYAN
  • DHIRUBHAI DEEPWATER KG1
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Amver tanker saves 10 fishermen in the Indian Ocean

Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) officials report an Amver participating tanker rescued ten Taiwanese fishermen after their vessel caught fire and sank in the middle of the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

AMSA rescue personnel identified the Amver participating tanker, High Pearl, and requested the ship divert to assist the fishermen. The Singapore flagged tanker arrived on scene and reported ten fishermen had abandoned ship on a rubber mattress. All ten crew members were rescued without incident.

The High Pearl, on time charter with d'Amico of Italy, will continue on a voyage to Durban, South Africa where the fishermen will disembark.

The High Pearl enrolled in Amver on December 16, 2009 and has earned one Amver award for participation.

Photo credit: Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Amver participating container ship rescues 3 in Hurricane Julio


Braving the forces of Hurricane Julio an Amver participating container ship rescued three people from their sinking sailboat approximately 360 miles northeast of Oahu, Hawaii on Sunday, August 10, 2014.


For video of the sailboat click here.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel in Hawaii received a call that the sailing vessel Walkabout was disabled and taking on water. The yachtsmen reported their life raft was deflated and they did not have an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) on board their boat. Coast Guard personnel requested a hurricane hunter aircraft divert and make radio contact with the sailboat.

The crew of the Walkabout reported to the hurricane hunter aircraft they "... were confident in riding out the storm..." until 20 minutes later when their main hatch blew off and the boat began taking on even more water.

Coast Guard personnel launched additional rescue aircraft from Air Station Barbers Point and used the Amver system to send the 711 foot container ship Manukai to rescue the stricken yachtsmen. The Manukai, managed by Matson Inc., is no stranger to search and rescue having saved an Air Force pilot after he ejected from an F-16 over the Pacific Ocean in 2012.

The Manukai arrived on scene and tried several attempts to pass a line and six-person life raft to the sailboat. The crew of the Manukai reported weather conditions were winds more than 25 knots and waves approximately 20 feet. The crew of the container ship reported the three sailors were uninjured and decided to wait until first light to for further rescue attempts.

At first light the crew of the Manukai was able to rescue the three sailors using the container ship's Jacob's Ladder. The survivors were being evaluated by the crew but appeared uninjured and would remain aboard the Manukai until it reached Honolulu. The sailboat was left adrift.

Video credit: USCG courtesy video

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Welcome Wednesday!

Who joined Amver this week? Here is the list of the latest vessels to enroll in the Amver safety network. Joining isn't mandatory. Joining isn't easy. In fact, your crews will likely have to send their reports manually to Amver. Is the extra burden worth it? You bet it is. So if you aren't enrolled, consider joining today. Now help us welcome the newest Amver ships.

  • HEDDA SCHULTE
  • SONGA EQUINOX
  • CAP SAN TAINARO
  • ZEALAND MAXIMA
  • PELOREUS
  • EHTEREAL
  • NORTHERN PRODUCER
  • ALEUTIAN LADY
  • HURST POINT
  • JS SANAGA
  • EVER LEGACY
  • QMS NEPTUE
  • NORD TITAN
  • ENDEAVOR
  • SHARON M I
  • LEO SUNRISE
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Welcome Wednesday!

We're not picky. Those in distress at sea don't care your political ideology, flag state or religion. If you're a seafarer and crew a ship that isn't part of the Amver system will you reconsider? Join us. There is a brotherhood, a brotherhood of those that go to sea. Together we can save lives. Enroll your ship today and help us make sure no call for help goes unanswered. Now, help us welcome the newest members of the Amver family.

  • MARITIME LONGEVITY
  • GO SPICA
  • JASPER DREAM
  • THALASSA MANA
  • COMET
  • UASC JILFAR
  • KOTA PADANG
  • BOONYA NAREE
  • DEEP KARPAZ
  • SMIT PORT SAID
  • MAHMUD AFANDI
  • GREATSHIP AFANDI
  • PETROJARL KNARR
  • ISLAND BAY
  • HIGH SUN
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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Amver participating cruise ships help rescue 42 migrants in July

Amver participating cruise ships assisted in the rescue of 42 Cuban migrants last month. Two Carnival ships and Royal Caribbean vessel were quick to spot migrants in distress or otherwise disabled vessels.

The first case occurred on July 4, 2014 approximately 53 miles south of Key West, Fla. The crew of the Carnival Freedom notified US Coast Guard authorities in Key West they had located a rustic vessel with 30 migrants aboard. Coast Guard rescue personnel requested the Panamanian flagged cruise ship remain on the scene until the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscane embarked the migrants. The rustic vessel was unable to be destroyed and was left adrift with the marking "USCG OK". The Carnival Freedom enrolled in Amver on March 8, 2007 and has earned seven
participation awards.

The second case occurred on July 19, 2014 approximately 80 miles southwest of Dry Tortugas, Fla. This time the crew of the Carnival Conquest notified the Coast Guard of 2 migrants attempting to row to Florida in a small boat. Rescue authorities requested the Carnival Conquest remain on scene and provide a lee and communications with the Coast Guard Cutter William Flores which arrived on the scene and embarked the migrants. The Carnival Conquest enrolled in Amver on October 28, 2002 and has earned eight participation awards.

The final case occurred on July 25, 2014 when the Oasis of the Seas notified Coast Guard officials the crew located a rustic vessel approximately 40 miles south of Marathon, Fla. Rescue personnel requested the Bahamian flagged cruise ship provide communications until the Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark arrived on scene and embarked ten Cuban migrants. The Oasis of the Seas enrolled in Amver on December 6, 2009 and has earned two participation awards.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Welcome Wednesday!

We're so thankful you continue to support Amver. How do you do that? By enrolling your ships and volunteering to help in search and rescue cases around the world. Why do you do it? Tell us! Now, help us welcome the latest Amver participants!

  • KUPARUK RIVER
  • SAG RIVER
  • SABRINA
  • AMSTEL EAGLE
  • UNITED OCEAN
  • HANJIN TABUL
  • CMA CGM DANUBE
  • AFRICAN RAVEN
  • SONNE
  • LIBERTY BAY
  • STI CHELSEA
  • M&M
  • ERRADALE
  • KAVIK RIVER
  • WILLIAMSBORG
  • IRENE II
  • ATLAS
  • MOL BRAVO
  • ORE MAJISHAN
  • AUDREY SW
  • ALAM MUTIARA
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