The safety record of India’s Essar Shipping was highlighted when seven of the 12 vessels in its fleet were recently recognised by the United States Coast Guard’s Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) System Programme at a ceremony in Mumbai on August 22nd, when the company was officially presented with its award.
The AMVER programme acknowledges outstanding commitment to safety at sea The seven vessels that have gained AMVER approval are Arun, Ashok, Shravan, Kamlesh, Maithili, Mahavir and Kishore.
The AMVER system, inaugurated in 1971, is a US Coast Guard sponsored, computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance for people in distress at sea. Its objective is that no call for help should go unanswered. Speaking at the award ceremony, Ranjit Singh, Executive Director and Chief Executive of Essar Shipping, said: “We have always been committed to ensuring safety at sea and so this is a proud moment for all of us. I congratulate my team for this prestigious recognition.”
Essar Shipping is India’s second largest private sector shipping company and has the youngest fleet in the country with a combined deadweight tonnage of 1.12 million. This capacity is deployed through spot market, long-term contracts and CoAs (Contracts of Affreightment). The business has recently invested in sustainable technology, including paperless navigation, fitting scrubbers onboard to make vessel emissions IMO compliant, and Green Passports. It is also the first and only Indian shipping company to be certified by American Bureau of Shipping for compliance with the ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 standards for the operation of its bulk carriers and tankers.