(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Resolve Marine Group has received the AMVER Award (Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System) for the privately funded emergency response salvage tug Resolve Pioneer. The award was presented to Resolve by the United States Coast Guard commandant, Adm. Karl Schultz, at the close of National Maritime Day and the NAMEPA Safety at Sea conference at the Press Club in Washington, D.C., on May 26.
It was awarded for the work done by Resolve Pioneer under the AMVER system. The now global AMVER network is over 60 years old and has saved thousands of mariners. It is an international program that works with commercial shipping representatives around the world. AMVER’s computer network receives locations of the vessels registered in the program and sends the vessel alerts when others are in distress based on who is in the best position to make a rescue. Resolve Pioneer received this award for work done in 2017 and 2018.
The U.S.-flagged Resolve Pioneer is the only fully manned, privately funded salvage tug in North America. This multi-mission vessel is now stationed in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, but has performed rescue tows as well as marine firefighting and salvage support missions across the Eastern seaboard and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. It even spent six months skimming oil during the Macondo incident prior to moving to her new home in Alaska.
Resolve Pioneer has been a core asset for Resolve Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) Oil Spill Response Organization, 1-Call Alaska. Resolve Pioneer allows 1-Call Alaska and the Resolve Marine Group to respond to vessels in distress and provide a prevention approach to emergency response and oil spill response. The vessel has been stationed in Alaska for six years. 1-Call Alaska is a USCG vetted OSRO and provides maritime emergency response for non-tank vessels sailing the great circle route through COTP Western Alaska and Prince William Sound.