Navtor integrates search-and-rescue system into digital software platform

Norwegian marine digital specialist, Navtor, has announced integration of the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) system into the latest version of its chart table software, NavStation. The digital platform will now include AMVER reporting as standard when used with its Passage Planning module.

AMVER, a United States Coast Guard system launched in 1958 but upgraded repeatedly since then, is a network on which seafarers rely in the event of distress. The system enables vessels in the region of a ship in trouble to receive alerts and proceed to the location with all speed.

Until now, about 11,000 participating vessels have used a voluntary AMVER reporting scheme to provide passage plans, positions, deviations and arrivals, to provide locations and routes. Now, this information will be transmitted automatically through the NavStation Passage Planning module.

“This is a real step forward,” declared Benjamin Strong, director of AMVER Maritime Relations. “This is a win for the ship’s crew, a win for search-and-rescue personnel, and it’s an obvious win for anyone in distress at sea. We are delighted to partner with Navtor on a project that delivers such clear benefits for all AMVER stakeholders.”

Article Editorial staff Ship&Offshore
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