AMVER awards for 12 ASP ships

Twelve ASP managed vessels have been awarded Certificates of Merit by the US Coast Guard for outstanding dedication to the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue system (AMVER) in support of world maritime safety. The awards were presented at a special function for Singapore shipowners and managers, held jointly by the US Coast Guard and the Singapore Shipowners Association in April, and were attended by Vitaliy Chayka, ASP General Manager Crew Management and Vojko Braut, ASPCM Fleet Manager.

AMVER is a voluntary computer-based global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to vessels and crews in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best suited ship or ships to respond. Participating in AMVER does not put ships under any additional obligation to assist in search and rescue efforts, beyond that which is required under international law. Ships flying the various coloured AMVER pennants are a constant reminder on the oceans of that ship and company’s commitment to safety at sea.

In a message to the 2014 award winners, the Director of AMVER, Mr Benjamin M Strong, said that during the year, 9,101 vessels achieved at least 128 days “on plot”, contributing to the saving of 1,330 lives.

The ASP vessels to received awards for 2014 were: Lotus Maritimus, ASL Tribute, ASL Troubadour, Asphalt Carrier, Asphalt Sailor, Asphalt Seminole, Istra, Kastav, Oceanic Cerise, Oceanic Crimson, Pomer, and Verige. In recent years other ASP fleet vessels have also received ANVER awards.