Live From Nor-Shipping 2019

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US honours Norwegian vessels and owners in Amver programme

An ABS sponsored ceremony for Norwegian shipping companies committed to the Amver Awards was held at the US Ambassador’s Residence in Oslo this week.

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.

Read more: Master of the Green Lake describes heroic rescue of seven crew from the Sincerity Ace

“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.”

Posted 7 June 2019

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Editor, Seatrade Maritime News Marcus Hand is the editor of Seatrade Maritime News and a dedicated maritime journalist with nearly two decades of experience covering the shipping industry in Asia. In addition to running Seatrade's maritime and offshore news website based from Singapore he is the Asia Editor of Seatrade Maritime Review. Marcus is also an experienced industry commentator and has chaired many conferences and round tables. Prior to joining Seatrade at the beginning of 2010 Marcus worked for shipping industry journal Lloyd's List for a decade and previous to that the Singapore Business Times covering shipping and aviation.

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