Taipei, Twelve Taiwanese shipping companies were awarded Tuesday by the United States for their assistance on the high seas in rescue missions, according to the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT).
In a ceremony in Taipei, AIT Deputy Director Raymond Greene congratulated the 12 shipping companies that received awards this year from the U.S. Coast Guard's Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue (Amver) ship safety and rescue program.
According to the AIT, 35 vessels owned by the 12 shipping companies voluntarily participated in the program in 2017.
"We are proud that so many vessels from Taiwan highly value maritime safety and assistance and have voluntarily participated in this U.S.-led humanitarian rescue system," he said as he awarded the companies on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard.
He also thanked Taiwan's Maritime and Port Bureau for encouraging Taiwanese companies to join Amver. Maritime and Port Bureau Director-General David Hsieh (???) also attended the ceremony.
According to AIT, the Amver program is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. In 2017, merchant vessels participating in Amver saved 153 lives on the high seas and provided emergency medical attention, evacuation, communication, food, fuel and supplies to others, it noted.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel