2007 AMVER Awards
"Dedicated to the crews for their commitment to their fellow mariners at sea – that no call for help goes unanswered."
In recognition for their participation in the Amver system, the United States Coast Guard, on behalf of Amver Maritime Relations, extended their congratulations to Euronav and awarded certificates for our ships and pennants for the ships eligible. In the special annual AMVER ceremony held in Athens on November 15, 2007, the Cap Diamant, Cap Georges, Cap Jean, Cap Laurent, Cap Leon, Cap Pierre, Cap Romuald, Fantasy, Fidelity, Filikon and Finesse received their Certificate Of Merit for the year 2006. The Cap Diamant and Filikon also received a gold Amver pennant as 5-year participants.
AMVER, Automated Mutual-assistance Vessel Rescue System, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard (USCG), 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.
The US Coast Guard International Ice Patrol awarded Cap Laurent with the CARPATHIA award for the year 2008. This award is granted once every year to the vessel providing Ice Patrol with the greatest number of reports of weather, sea ice, temperature, icebergs, and other kinds of information which help the US Coast Guard patrol to monitor iceberg danger in some determined areas.
Quality Shipping for the 21st century
In their efforts to eliminate substandard shipping, U.S. Coast Guard has primarily focused on improving methods to identify poor and high quality vessels and, to enforce compliance with international and U.S. standards. QUALSHIP 21 is a Marine Safety Initiative implemented by the Coast Guard on January 1, 2001 to identify high quality foreign-flagged ships and, to provide incentives to encourage quality operations. High quality ships are recognized and rewarded for their commitment to safety and quality. Euronav was really proud again to see that 10 of its vessels, namely: Cap Georges, Cap Guillaume, Cap Lara, Cap Laurent, Cap Philippe, Cap Pierre, Cap Romuald, Cap Victor, Filikon and Finesse were among the high quality foreign flagged vessels trading in U.S. waters selected this time.
Some of the eligibility criteria for rewarding non-U.S. flagged Quality ships are:
- no substandard vessel detentions in the U.S. within the previous 36 months;
- no marine violations or serious marine casualties, and no more than one ticket in the U.S. within the previous 36 months;
- successful U.S. Port State Control (PSC) Safety Exam within the previous 12 months;
- not owned or operated by any company that has been associated with any PSC detention in U.S. waters within the previous 24 months;
- not classed by, or have their statutory Convention Certificate issued by, a targeted class society (Targeted class societies are any class societies that have points assigned in the U.S. Port State Control Matrix);
- not registered with a Flag State that has a detention ratio greater than 1.0% and the vessel’s Flag State must have at least 10 distinct arrivals in each of the previous 3 years.
In February 25, 2009, Euronav was delighted to receive the BP Awards for the Outstanding Organisational Achievement and the Outstanding Shipboard Achievement for Cap Victor.
Euronav received the Outstanding Organisational Achievement for the demonstration of its commitment towards excellence in HSSE both on board and ashore. As Euronav aim for excellence through innovation, know-how and, continual improvement, the company was particularly proud to add this Award to its past successful achievements.