AMVER ceremony in Athens next month

AMVER ceremony in Athens next month

Almost the entire Greek shipping community will be represented at this year’s AMVER Awards Gala Dinner, one of the most important annual events of the industry, which will take place on December 16 at the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel to honor all the ships that participate in the US Coast Guard’s AMVER Program and the ships that voluntarily run to the rescue of vessels and crews in distress across the seven seas.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Greek edition of the annual awards event which is organized by the International Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Piraeus, in collaboration with the US Embassy in Greece and the US Coast Guard. 

The AMVER System (Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue) monitors ships, identifies possible problems and informs ships in the vicinity to approach and provide assistance. It officially came to life on April 15, 1958 through the efforts of the US Coast Guard and a number of commercial shipping representatives.

Costis Frangoulis, president of the International Propeller Club of the US, Port of Piraeus, and vice president of the International Propeller Club of the United States, said, “Almost 7,000 lives have been saved by AMVER-participating ships since 2000 and many of them owe their lives to the selfless and altruistic efforts of Greek seamen and vessels. 

“This year the AMVER awards marks its 30th anniversary in Greece, a significant milestone which deserves to be honored accordingly. The extremely favorable response from the merchant shipping industry around the world to the idea of the awards has ensured the continuance of the program which during its inaugural edition in 1992 presented the AMVER award to 45 Greek companies. 

“Today, we are truly humbled to be in the privileged position to honor 247 Greek shipping companies and their ships who volunteer to the program year in, year out. The fact that Greek companies received more than 2,000 AMVER Awards last year alone is a demonstration of Greece’s leading position in the global maritime community,” he added.

Over 11,000 international ships participate in AMVER and an average of 6,300 ships are added to the AMVER map each day.

The AMVER Center computer receives over 40,000 AMVER messages on a daily basis.

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