The Fleet participates in the AMVER System since September 2007.
(Certificate of Merit: m/v New Glory & m/v New Fortune)
Originally known as the Atlantic Merchant Vessel Emergency Reporting (AMVER) System, it became operational on July 18, 1958. Amver began as an experiment, confined to waters of the North Atlantic Ocean, notorious for icebergs, fog and winter storms. Vice Admiral Alfred C. Richmond, Coast Guard Commandant at the time, called on all commercial vessels of U.S. and foreign registry, over 1,000 gross tons and making a voyage of more than 24 hours, to voluntarily become Amver participants. The basic premise of Amver, as a vehicle for mariner to help mariner without regard to nationality, continues to this day.
Today, some 12,000 ships from over 140 nations participate in Amver. An average of over 2,800 ships are on the Amver plot each day. The Amver Center computer now tracks over 100,000 voyages annually. Over 2,000 lives have been saved by Amver-participating ships just since 1990. The success of Amver is directly related to the extraordinary cooperation of ships, companies, SAR authorities, communication service providers and governments in supporting this international humanitarian program to protect life and property at sea.