The ceremony saw 293 vessels from 33 Norwegian shipowners and operators honoured for their commitment to maritime safety, making themselves available to assist in search and rescue activities anywhere in the world.
“As a former United States Naval Officer, I recognize how important it is that fellow seafarers look after each other on the open ocean. We all have loved ones who expect us to return home safely. Every Captain and every crew member finds comfort in knowing that there is nearby assistance in the event of an emergency,” said Rear Admiral Kenneth J. Braithwaite, USN (Ret); US Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway.
The invaluable service offered by vessels in the Amver programme was clearly illustrated at the end of 2018 when four vessels in the vicinity of the car carrier Sincerity Ace stricken by an onboard fire came to the successful rescue of 16 of the 21 seafarers in perilous conditions.
“The Amver awards are a fantastic way of recognising the brave men and women who operate the global fleet and assist people in peril at sea. They also honour the companies whose culture puts safety at sea above commercial interests,” said Gurinder Singh, ABS director global sustainability.”