Safety at Sea announces Amver awards partnership

Amver marked its 60th Anniversary in September. Credit: ABS
Amver marked its 60th Anniversary in September. Credit: ABS

Safety at Sea (SAS) has partnered with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to host the first annual Amver awards in the United Kingdom in more than a decade. The Amver award ceremony will be held as part of this year’s SAS awards on the 18 October in London.

Amver – Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System – is a worldwide voluntary reporting system sponsored by the USCG.

IHS Markit sister title SAS has been a longtime supporter of Amver, with the SAS International Amver Award, established in 1997, which recognises “outstanding seamanship by the crew of a participating Amver ship in assisting those in peril on the sea”, while the Amver participation award recognises vessels that have made themselves available for search and rescue throughout the previous year.

“It’s been 13 years since we’ve presented Amver participation awards in the United Kingdom” said Ben Strong, director of the Amver . “SAS magazine and the SAS awards dinner is the perfect place to not only highlight one of the single most important rescues of the year but also to recognise those British seafarers who have stood the watch and been available for search and rescue if needed.”

Amver, established in 1958, is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used by search-and-rescue authorities to arrange assistance for persons in distress at sea. Shipowners and managers enter vessel and voyage information that is used in an emergency upon request from any rescue co-ordination centre, to determine vessels that are closest to an incident and divert the best-suited vessel to respond. To date, more than 7,000 vessels are available on Amver.

Tanya Blake, SAS editor, said, “We have a proud history at SAS of promoting safe and secure work practices within the commercial shipping industry. This partnership further cements our longstanding support of Amver and its goals, which reflect the magazine’s own, as well as those of the annual SAS awards.”

Support from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) classification society has made the Amver collaboration with SAS awards possible. “The Amver awards recognise the heroic efforts of not only the brave men and women who assist people in peril at sea but also the companies that enable them to do so through their participation in this vital system,” said Kirsi Tikka, ABS executive vice-president and senior maritime adviser. “ABS is very proud to support all of their efforts, which align closely with our own safety-focused mission.”

The Safety at Sea awards and Amver awards will be held on the 18 October 2018 at the Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel, Mayfair, London. For more information about the evening, click here.