International rescue effort saves two sailors

An international rescue effort including U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen and the Amver participating Handysize tanker Nord Nightingale saved two German sailors who abandoned their burning sailboat approximatley 525 miles east of Port Canaveral, Fla., on Friday, July 7, 2017.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities in Miami, Fla. received a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) for a 42-foot German flagged sailboat. Working with rescue authorities in Bremen, Germany the Coast Guard personnel learned that two sailors had abandoned their buring sailboat and one of the sailors was suffering from severe burns.

Coast Guard rescue personnel used the Amver system to locate the 600-foot chemical tanker Nord Nightingale which was near the sunked sailboat. The crew of the Nord Nighingale agreed to divert and assist in the rescue operations.

The Coast Guard also coordinated with the U.S. Air Force who launched pararescuemen and medical supplies from the 920th Rescue Wing. The team of Air Force rescue specialists were able to parachute down to the injured yachtsment and begin treating them.

The survivors and pararescuemen were hoisted aboard the Nord Nighingale and a U.S. Air Force helicopter arrived to hoist the seven and transport them back to Florida where the survivors were transferred to EMS and transported to a local hospital.

The Singapore flagged Nord Nightingale, managed by NorOrient Product Pool in Singapore, enrolled in Amver on June 2, 2008.

Photo credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark Borosch

Amver Ship Saves More Than 100 Migrants

The Amver participating container ship Joanna saved 105 migrants off the coast of Libya on February 18, 2017.

The crew of the Joanna was sailing west of Crete on a voyage to Italy when the ship was notified by rescue authorities in Malta of a possible migrant or fishing vessel in distress. The crew of the Joanna located the wooden boat which was holed and taking on water. On the boat were 105 African migrants including three pregnant women and a number of children.

Despite choppy seas and high winds the crew of the Joanna were able to secure it along side the 600-foot container ship. “Following the rescue of the migrants, we placed the pregnant women and children in ships accommodations while sheltering the remainder of the survivors on the deck protected by the containers. We provided medical attention to the ill, food and blankets and notified FRONTEX of the rescue,” reported the ship’s captain to the Amver center.

The Joanna safely transferred the 105 survivors to Italian authorities the following day.

The Joanna, managed by Eurobulk of Greece, enrolled in Amver on November 2, 2001.

Photo credit: crew of the M/V Joanna

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Another week, another opportunity to share just who joined Amver. Listing the ships enrolled in Amver goes back to the very beginning of the Amver program. The original Amver bulletin included a list and call sign of the new ships enrolled in the program. We are pleased to continue that tradition here on our blog. If you haven’t joined yet, please consider becoming a part of Amver and ensuring no call for help goes unanswered.


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Amver participating tug rescues 11 migrants

The Genesis Patriot, seen with its previous name, Patriot Service

The Amver participating tug Genesis Patriot rescued 11 Cuban migrants from a rustic sailing vessel taking on water approximately 155 miles west northwest of Dry Tortuga, Fla. on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue authorities in Miami received a notification from the tug and barge that it had located a rustic sailing vessel with ten or 11 people aboard. The sailing vessel was in danger of sinking. Coast Guard officials diverted a cutter and requested the 121-foot tug to remain on scene and assist where necessary.

To avoid any risk to the migrants, the crew of the Genesis Patriot rescued the 11 survivors and coordinated a rendezvous with the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro. The eight male and three female migrants were uninjured in the rescue operation.

The Genesis Patriot safely transferred the survivors to the Munro and continued on its voyage.

The Genesis Patriot, managed by Genesis Marine LLC, enrolled in Amver on April 1, 2011 and has earned three Amver participation awards.

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Amver participating cruise ship saves 6 near Tonga

The Amver participating cruise ship Albatros rescued six fishermen from their sinking boat approximately 400 kilometers west south west of Tonga on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

Rescue authorities in New Zealand received an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon alert and requested Amver surface picture information from the United States Coast Guard in addition to launching a New Zealand search aircraft to the distress location.

According to a press release from Maritime New Zealand, the search aircraft located the crew and dropped emergency equipment and a radio. The Bahamian flagged cruise ship arrived on scene and the fishermen jumped into the water to swim to them. The Albatros crew helped the fishermen aboard and provided food, water and ensured they were uninjured. The survivors remained on the 672-foot Albatros until it arrived in Auckland, Australia.

The Albatros, managed by V Ships Leisure, enrolled in Amver on January 1, 1974 and has earned more than 16 Amver participation awards.

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Amver bulker rescues 4 from sinking sailboat in the Atlantic

The Amver participating bulk carrier Noni rescued 4 people from a disabled sailboat approximately 500 miles off the coast of Brazil on Sunday, January 22, 2017.

The crew of the Noni overheard a mayday radio broadcast and notified rescue personnel in Brazil and the Amver center.  According to the report from the Noni, a sailboat radioed their engine failed and the vessel was flooding. The crew of the Noni was only two miles away and altered course to render assistance to the disabled sailboat.

Two hours after receiving the distress call the crew of the Marshall Island flagged ship was safely alongside the sail boat and hoisting the four survivors aboard the ship.

The survivors were uninjured and had been on a voyage from Dakar, Senegal to Brazil when they reported an engine failure and water coming into the boat. The survivors will be disembarked at the Noni’s next port of call in Uruguay.

The Noni, managed by AM Nomikos Transwolrd Maritime Agencies of Greece, enrolled in Amver on July 2, 2015 and has earned one Amver participation award.

Photo credit: The crew of the M/V Noni

Amver participating car carrier makes first rescue of 2017

The Amver participating auto carrier Hercules Leader rescued six people from a disabled catamaran 275 miles southwest of Bermuda on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

The 75-foot catamaran, Ninah, was sailing from Stewart, Fla. to Bermuda when they were struck by a rogue wave and activated an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon after the vessel began taking on water. “We intend to stay with the boat as long as we can,” a crew member of the Ninah reported to rescue authorities in Bermuda, “but we are prepared to abandon ship.”

U.S. Coast Guard rescue personnel launched a search aircraft and queried the Amver system. The 652-foot car carrier Hercules Leader was located near the Ninah and agreed to divert and assist with the rescue.

Approximately two and a half hours after being notified of the emergency, the Hercules Leader arrived on scene and started rescue operations. Despite 30 knot winds and 14-foot seas, the crew of the Japanese flagged ship was able to safely embark the six crew off the catamaran. The survivors were uninjured and were taken to Bermuda where they were transferred to shore.

The Hercules Leader, managed by NYK Line of Japan, enrolled in Amver on March 8, 2011 and has earned four Amver participation awards.

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Amver Tanker Saves Four French Yachtsmen

The Amver particiating tanker Orfeas rescued four French sailors from a disabled 50-foot sailboat in heavy seas 1,082 miles east of Puerto Rico on  Sunday, December 18, 2016.

The international rescue operation started with rescue authorities in Forte de France contacted U.S. Coast Guard personnel in San Juan, Puerto Rico of a disabled sailboat in heavy weather requesting assistance after their rudder failed.

U.S. rescue authorities utilized an Amver Surface Picture to locate and contact the 748-foot crude oil tanker Orfeas which was approximately 250 miles away from the sailboat. The captain of the Orfeas immediately agreed to divert and assist the sailors.

The Bahamian flagged tanker was able to safely embark the four French yachtsmen despite 40 knot winds and 16-foot seas. The survivors were uninjured and will remain on the Orfeas until it reaches its next port of call in Gibraltar.

The Orfeas, managed by Grace Management of Greece, enrolled in Amver on December 18, 2013.

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