We hosted a brief ceremony to present an AMVER award to the crew of the Árni Friðriksson, a research ship operated by the Marine Research Institute which provides the Ministry of Fisheries with scientific advice base on its research on marine resources and the environment. AMVER is a computer-based, voluntary, global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. Today, over 22,000 vessels participate in the program and on any given day there are over 5,000 vessels available to divert and assist in emergency situations. AMVER will prove to be an excellent tool as marine traffic increases in the arctic region. We are delighted to know that a growing number of Icelandic ships are participating in the program.