U.S. Consulate General Mumbai’s Deputy Principal Officer Jennifer Larson and Indian Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard), Additional Director General Krishnaswamy Natarajan, PTM, TM, honored 27 Indian shipping companies that participated in the U.S. Coast Guard’s voluntary AMVER program.
Mumbai: The U.S. Consulate General Mumbai today hosted an award ceremony recognizing 27 Indian shipping companies that participated in the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) voluntary AMVER program with Additional Director General Krishnaswamy Natarajan, PTM, TM, Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard) as the Chief Guest. The Automated Mutual-assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) is a mutual assistance program ensuring quick and efficient rescue of disabled and distressed ships at sea, saving lives and ensuring continuity of shipping operations.
Before presenting the awards, U.S. Consulate General Mumbai’s Deputy Principal Officer Jennifer Larson said that, “AMVER’s success in protecting lives and property at sea stems from international cooperation between ships, companies, communication service providers, governments, and search-and-rescue authorities. It’s a great example of US-India dosti and collaboration that saves lives and improves efficiencies for everyone.”
Indian Coast Guard Commander (Western Seaboard), Additional Director General Krishnaswamy Natarajan, PTM, TM presented the awards along with Deputy Principal Officer Jennifer Larson. In his remarks, ADG Natarajan said, “AMVER is an excellent example of mutual assistance and partnership. Instead of relying solely on specialized rescue operations provided by governments or official organizations, this initiative provides an excellent opportunity for mutual cooperation on seas. AMVER has proven to be an enduring example of international public-private partnership.”
AMVER is a USCG-managed search and rescue program in which merchant ships make themselves available for maritime emergency response on a volunteer basis without regard to nationality with the end objective that no call for help should go unanswered. AMVER was established by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1958, meaning that the program next year will mark 60 years of providing assistance to those in distress on the high seas.
More than 140 nations currently participate in AMVER, providing a global safety network for mariners, comprising more than 7,500 ships available to carry out search and rescue services. In 2016, AMVER mobilized 143 ships to provide assistance or help locate those in need, helping save 238 lives and assist 32 ships.
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