By now the world has seen the images of destruction in Haiti after the earthquake. Many people may be wondering how to help. The United Nations has information and status updates available here.
What does this disaster have to do with Amver? Plenty! The United States Coast Guard has multiple surface and air assets deploying to Haiti to assist in the relief efforts. In fact, the Coast Guard Cutters Valiant, Mohawk, Tahoma, and Forward are all supporting Haitian relief efforts.
Again you may be asking "What does this have to do with me?" Now, more than ever, we need the help of the commercial shipping industry to enroll in and report to Amver. There are fewer Coast Guard cutters in the Atlantic right now. We need your help in the event a mariner is in distress. On January 13, 2010 there were 3,734 ships on plot. I know we can work together to enroll more ships and have more ships available for saving lives. Together we can indirectly help the people in Haiti by providing a blanket of protection in the Atlantic. While our Coast Guard Cutters are assisting the Haitian people we are counting on you to stand watch over mariners around the world.
Will you help us? We challenge you to help raise the Amver on plot numbers to 3,800 ships or more during this crisis.
Photo credit: Fotolia