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Luncheon and AMVER Awards Ceremony - Friday, 1 September 2017
On 1st September 2017, HKSOA held a luncheon and AMVER Awards Ceremony in the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel. Capt. Mike Wampler, the United States Coast Guard Liaison Officer to China, was the Guest of Honor.

Amver, the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System 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. Hence, the Amver's mission is to quickly provide, on demand, search and rescue authorities with accurate information on the positions and characteristics of vessels near a reported distress.

There were a total of 39 participating ship companies from Hong Kong with 29 of them attended the ceremony. Each shipowner and ship management company received a US Coast Guard Letter with the merits of Blue pennants (for new participant ships), Gold pennants (for ships with 5 year participation history), Purple pennants (for ships with 10 years participation history), Plaque (for ships with 20 years participation history) and Crystal Globe (for ships with 30 years of participation).

2017年9月1日,香港船東會舉行船舶自動互救系統(AMVER -Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System)頒獎儀式暨午餐例會,美國海岸警衛隊中國聯絡官Mike Wampler船長出席了頒獎典禮併發表講話。

Amver是由美國海岸警衛隊發起,供搜索和救援機構使用的商船自願性全球船舶電子報告互助系統,用於為海上遇險人員提供援助。在Amver的幫助下,救援協調人員可以識別遇險領域的參與船隻,並調動最適合的船舶參與救援。因此,Amver的使命是迅速向搜索和救援部門提供有關離遇險船隻最近船舶的位置和特徵的準確信息。

共有39家本地航運公司獲獎,29家公司派代表出席活動。每家獲獎船公司收到一封美國海岸警衛隊表彰信。獎項分別為,藍色旗幟表彰所有新加入系統的船舶,金色旗幟表彰參與系統達五年的船舶,紫色旗幟表彰參與系統達 10年的船舶,獎牌表彰參與系統達15年的船舶,獎盤表彰參與系統達 20年的船舶,水晶球表彰參與系統達 30年的船舶。
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