Rand vessels receive U.S. Coast Guard awards for 2017 sailing season

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz (left) and Director of AMVER Maritime Relations Benjamin Strong (right) present the AMVER Blue Pennant to Rand Logistics’ Captain Karl Hardesty May 22 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Rand Logistics, Inc. announced June 13 three of the company’s U.S.-flag vessels have been recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard for their commitment to safety at sea as part of the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) System Program for the 2017 sailing season.

The AMVER System, sponsored by the Coast Guard, is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. The Rand’s M/V Calumet and M/V Manitowoc received the AMVER Blue Pennant for the vessels’ first year of participation. Towing vessel Defiance was honored for the third year and will continue to fly the blue pennant for the vessel’s participation.

“Rand Logistics is honored to have been recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as part of the prestigious AMVER Award Program,” said Michael C. Farrell II, Director of Health, Safety and Environmental at Rand. “The safety of our employees, customers, vendors and members of the communities in which we operate is our top priority and is one of our Rand Corporate Values.”

Captain Karl Hardesty from the towing vessel Defiance and barge Ashtabula attended the awards event as part of the 2018 National Maritime Day celebration.

“Because of the efforts of mariners like our vessel Captains and crewmembers who play an active role in the AMVER Program, we can all enjoy the beauty of our Great Lakes and rivers knowing that assistance is available if ever it is needed,” Farrell continued. “We look forward to continuing our involvement with AMVER during our current sailing season and beyond.”

The awards program was inaugurated in 1971 to recognize those vessels which regularly participate in the AMVER system and the merchant shipping companies that volunteer to be available for maritime emergency response. Vessels in the program commit to a minimum of 128 days on the system annually. Rescue coordinators are able to identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

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