The Amver Bulletin
Volume 3, Issue 1 Spring 2007
M/V Cape Bilbao rescues 2
Special points of in-
The Amver participating The Cape Bilbao
• Amver awards break tanker Cape Bilbao res- continued on its
5,000 cued two American sail- voyage to Fos,
ors 1,300 miles south east France where the
• Multiple Amver rescues
of Bermuda after their 41 Meleski’s were
foot sailboat was dam- met by U.S. State
aged by a drifting con- Department offi-
tainer. cials who ar-
ranged for their
The sailors, Eugene return to the
Meleski, age 74, and his United States.
wife Patsy, age 68, were
aboard their sailboat, the stranded sailors. On Mr. Meleski described the
Stella di Mare, when a January 10, 2007 the rescue and ten day pas-
large container struck Marshall Island flagged sage to France as a treas-
and sheared off its rud- tanker, under the com- ured experience after the
der. Mr. Meleski at- mand of Captain Valerijs unfortunate termination
tempted to repair the Bulankovs, successfully of their sailing adventure
rudder unsuccessfully rescued Mr. and Mrs. aboard the Stella di
and activated his 406 Meleski. “There were no Mare.
EPRIB notifying the injuries, but two of my
United States Coast Photo courtesy of the
crewmembers had to as- crew of the M/T Cape Bil-
Guard. sist Mrs. Meleski up the
Inside this issue: bao
The Coast Guard diverted 22 foot ladder from the
the tanker Cape Bilbao, sailboat to our ship”
Amver rescues solo sailor 2 which was 420 miles stated Captain
away, to rescue the Bulankovs.
Indian Amver vessels 2
rescues Chinese crew
Navy League awards 3 Amver awards top 5,000
LNG Amver participant 3
rescues sailor For the first time in its There were also an addi- ing no call for assistance
49 year history Amver tional 127 companies goes unanswered.
Notes from New York 4 awards have topped the whose vessels received
5,000 mark. awards in 2006.
5,121 vessels achieved This increase in Amver
128 days on plot in 2006 participation is testimony
exceeding the previous to the shipping communi-
year by 650 vessels. ties dedication to ensur-
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Solo sailor rescued by Amver Tanker Tambourin
max, aboard the 26 foot Falmouth, UK, Mr. Lomax had
sailboat Nell Gwyn II, con- plenty of food and water on board
tacted an amateur radio while waiting for the Amver vessel
operator to report he had to arrive on scene.
lost all power aboard his
vessel. The master of the tanker Tam-
bourin, Captain Per Tillaeus, ar-
The rescue coordination rived at the location of the disabled
center in Forte de France, sailing vessel and ordered a rescue
working with the United boat lowered. Within an hour of
States Coast Guard Atlan- arriving on scene Captain Tillaeus
tic Area Command Center and his crew successfully rescued
and the rescue coordination Mr. Lomax and had him onboard
center in Falmouth, UK, the Tambourin.
diverted the Amver partici-
pating Liberian flagged tanker to The Tambourin brought Mr. Lomax
On March 15, 2007 the Amver par- to Barbados and continued on its
ticipating tanker Tambourin res- rescue Mr. Lomax.
voyage to Mexico.
cued a lone sailor 330 miles north According to rescue coordinators in Photo courtesy: Laurin Maritime
east of French Guyana. Jerry Lo-
Amver vessel rescues Chinese crew of sunken ship
ticipating ship Prahuh Yuvika res- time rescue coordination center.
cued 11 crew members of the bulk Upon arriving on the scene they
carrier Unicorn Ace which sank in discovered a life raft from the
the South China Sea. The Unicorn sunken vessel and immediately res-
Ace was carrying lumber products cued the 11 crew members.
from Malaysia to Taiwan when it
encountered bad weather. The Prahuh Yuvika, following in-
structions from rescue aircraft on
The Prahuh Yuvika, an Indian scene, continued to carry out search
flagged bulk carrier, was diverted at and rescue operations until released
On March 20, 2007 the Amver par- the request of the Hong Kong mari- Continued below
Chinese crew rescue continued
by the Hong Kong rescue coordina- Photo above: Unicorn Ace survivors
tion center, stated the Captain in a with master and crew of the M/V
message to the United States Coast Prahuh Yuvika.
Guard Amver center.
Photo right: Survivors depart M/V
The Prahuh Yuvika sailed to Prahuh Yuvika at Manila anchor-
Manila where the Chinese survivors age.
were met by Philippine Coast
Guard authorities. Photo courtesy: Tolani Group
V OLU ME 3 , I SSUE 1 T HE A MVER B U LLE T I N PAGE 3
The Navy League of the United States presents
their capsized boat in the Aegean The award, inaugurated in 1997,
Sea. The body of a young boy was was established to recognize an ex-
later pulled from the water. Crew ceptional rescue at sea, involving a
onboard the Noordam came to the U.S.-owned, crewed, or operated
aid of the group after spotting a commercial ship participating in the
person floating in the water off the Amver system. The award is pre-
coast of the island of Samos. A res- sented only in those years where a
cue boat and two tenders were low- rescue of appropriate significance
ered and rescue operations lasted takes place.
more than two hours.
Left to right: Dinner Chairman John
The United States Navy League pre- The survivors, believed to be So- Kelly (COO, Xerox Global Services);
sented it annual Navy League Amver mali, were wearing lifejackets and New York Council Navy League
Award Medal to the Holland Ameri-
said they set sail from Kusadasi, President Dr. Daniel M. Thys; Mas-
can Line Cruise Ship Noordam at it’s
Turkey. The Noordam was on a ten ter, C/S NOORDAM, Captain Hans
annual dinner on March 14, 2007.
day round trip from Italy and had Mateboer, Holland America Line.
On June 6, 2006 the crew of the left Santorini when it came across
the group. Photo courtesy: Navy League
Holland American Line Cruise Ship
Noordam rescued 22 migrants from
LNG Carrier Norman Lady rescues sailor
participating natural gas tanker the Stella Bella, an 18 foot catama-
Norman Lady rescued a 38 year old ran, when he lost most of his equip-
sailor 1,300 miles south of Bermuda ment overboard.
after he had been adrift for 10 days
with no food or water. The Coast Guard contacted several
Amver vessels, including the Nor-
Mr. Francesco Di Bendetto, a man Lady, a Norwegian flagged
French citizen, was attempting a liquid natural gas tanker, which
record breaking voyage from the diverted 5 hours from its course to
Canary Islands to Guadalupe Is- rescue Mr. Bendetto.
On January 19, 2007 the Amver land, in the French Indies, aboard Continued below
Norman Lady rescue continued
According to the Captain of the Nor- catamaran and is transporting it
man Lady, William Poppe, Mr. Ben- to Barcelona, Spain where he and
detto’s boat was not capsized; the vessel will be dropped off.
rather fatigue caused him to declare
an emergency. “He says he had no
food or water for almost 10 days, a Photo courtesy: Hoegh shipping
tough guy but very happy right
now”. The crew of the Norman
Lady also retrieved Mr. Bendetto’s
Amver, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a unique
computer based, voluntary ship reporting system used worldwide by
Amver Maritime Relations
1 South Street search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons
USCG Battery Park Building
in distress at sea. With Amver, rescue coordinators can identify
New York, NY 10004
participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best suited
Phone: (212) 668-7762
Fax: (212) 668-7684 ship to respond.
Amver’s mission is to quickly provide search and rescue authorities,
on demand, accurate information on the positions and characteris-
tics of vessels near a reported distress.
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Notes from New York
2007 started ning January 1, 2007, both 121.5 con registration database, or if no
as a busy and 243 MHz Emergency Position database is available, in the Inter-
year for the Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBS) national Registration Database at:
Amver sys- are prohibited from use in both com- http://www.406registration.com/.
tem with over mercial and recreational watercraft.
100 lives Boaters wishing to have an emer- Many of the people saved by Amver
saved in the gency rescue beacon aboard their each year are saved because of
first quarter vessel must have a digital 406 MHz EPRIBs.
of the calen- model. Please ensure your equipment is
dar year. compliant with this new require-
This does not affect 121.5/243 MHz
From the sinking of the M/V man overboard devices which are ment and share this information
Unicorn Ace in the South China Sea designed to work directly with a within your company or colleagues
to the grounding and sinking of the base alerting unit only and not with in the maritime community.
C/S Sea Diamond the world is re- satellite systems. Also, look for Amver as we travel to
minded just how dangerous ship- the upcoming SASMEX conference
ping can be. In the United States, users are re-
quired to register their 406 MHz in Brighton, UK April 24-25 and
On that note I wanted to take a mo- beacons in the U.S. 406 MHz Bea- NEVA September 24-27 in
ment and remind all mariners of con Registration Database at: http:// St. Petersburg, Russia.
the recent change regarding www.beaconregistration.noaa.gov/. Benjamin Strong
EPRIBs. Other users can register their bea-
con in their country’s national bea- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mariners are reminded that begin-