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Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System by the United States Coast Guard

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Amver, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With Amver, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

Amver’s mission is to quickly provide search and rescue authorities, on demand, accurate information on the positions and characteristics of vessels near a reported distress.

The Web based request product allows international search and rescue coordinators rapid access to critical life saving information allowing them to exploit commercial vessels to search for those in distress at sea. The system centralizes requests for assistance to a single point of entry and eliminates barriers to entry (or request) such as language differences.

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Benjamin Strong

U.S. Coast Guard

Mr. Strong is the Director of Amver Maritime Relations in New York City. Mr. Strong’s office is responsible for the marketing, recruitment and retention of commercial ships in the Amver system. Amver is a voluntary, global ship reporting system used to divert merchant vessels in search and rescue (SAR) cases where traditional SAR resources are unavailable. Prior to heading the Amver office, Mr. Strong was the project manager for the United States Coast Guard’s Mass Rescue Operations program in the Office of Search and Rescue. Before coming to the United States Coast Guard Mr. Strong worked in the Urban Search and Rescue Division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency where he deployed on numerous disasters including the World Trade Center collapse in 2001. Mr. Strong is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic and has a Masters of Science Degree in Emergency Health Services Management/Policy and Planning from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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