Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2011

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Leveraging Partnerships, Saving Money Imagine a vessel in distress 1,000 miles north of Bermuda. The likelihood of find- ing a Coast Guard cutter in the area is low. What's certain, however, is that our SAR professionals will quickly turn to Amver and see what commercial ships may be in the area. So how does that save the Coast Guard money? First, let's look at the Standard Rates Commandant Instruction.1 or 270 WMEC costs between $6,000 and $12,000 an hour to operate. Add the $14,000 an hour for a C-130, $10,000 an hour for an HU-25 Falcon, or $8,000 an hour for an embarked H-65 helicopter, and you can see the costs to carry out a search and rescue mission are high. If this "typical" SAR case takes 14 hours to complete and does not A 378 WHEC use any Coast Guard surface or air assets, the savings to the Coast Guard is incred- ible. It's also important to note that Amver assistance saves the Coast Guard more than just money. Using Amver vessels for SAR cases allows underway cutters to continue to protect the sea and our homeland. Endnote: 1. COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION 7310.1M—Coast Guard Reimbursable Standard Rates, Feb. 28, 2011. A new spatially infused database processes the cal- culations necessary to produce more accurate vessel positions, providing higher-quality surface pictures. What does all that mean? More lives can be saved more quickly. The Future The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue Sys- WHP UHPDLQV ÁH[LEOH HQRXJK WR LQFRUSRUDWH FKDQJHV in emerging technologies and vessel reporting sys- tems. As shipping routes and trends change, Amver will adapt as well, ensuring resources are available for search and rescue in areas such as the Arctic. Additionally, as the shipping community evolves and ÁHHWV JURZ $PYHU ZLOO ZRUN WR LQFOXGH WKHVH QHZ ships in saving lives at sea, and will continue to be a leader in search and rescue. About the author: Mr. Strong is the director of Amver maritime relations in New York, 1 < +LV RIÀFH LV UHVSRQVLEOH IRU PDUNHWLQJ UHFUXLWPHQW DQG UHWHQ- WLRQ RI FRPPHUFLDO VKLSV LQ WKH 8 6 &RDVW *XDUG $PYHU V\VWHP 3ULRU WR OHDGLQJ WKH $PYHU RIÀFH KH ZDV WKH SURMHFW PDQDJHU IRU WKH 8 6 &RDVW *XDUG 0DVV 5HVFXH 2SHUDWLRQV 3URJUDP LQ WKH 2IÀFH RI 6HDUFK DQG 5HVFXH Endnotes: 1. The most recent statistic available at the time this article was written. 2. Fall 2011 Proceedings 11

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