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Donjon Awarded Navy Salvage Tug Lease

The U.S. Navy has awarded Donjon Marine Co. Inc. a five-year lease of tug USNS Powhatan. The multi-purpose tug can conduct long-distance tows and when augmented with additional crew and equipment, operate in support of fire fighting, diving and salvage missions. Minor modifications will be made to the vessel, including changing the paint scheme to Donjon's standard blue as well as reconfiguring the wheelhouse to make it more "merchant marine user friendly". The lease of the vessel is part of Donjon Marine's plan for steady expansion into the international salvage and salvage related towing industry. USNS Powhatan will join a fleet of coastal and ocean towing vessels, crane barges, dredges, crew boats, deck barges and assorted salvage equipment.


American Salvage Association Announces Incoming Slate of Leaders

Richard Fairbanks, President of Titan Maritime, LLC (Fort Lauderdale, FL), has been named President of the American Salvage Association (ASA). George Wittich, Senior Vice President of Weeks Marine (Cranford, NJ), has been named the association's Vice President, and John Witte, Jr., Executive Vice President, Donjon Marine Co., Inc. (Hillside, NJ), has been named ASA's new Secretary/Treasurer. "We are very excited about ASA's incoming leadership," said Richard Fairbanks


Witte Elected VP of ISU

International Salvage Union members meeting in Seattle during late September for the ISU’s 51st General Meeting elected Arnold Witte, CEO of US salvor Donjon Marine, as Vice-President. Arnold Witte succeeds Titan CEO David Parrot as ISU Vice-President. David Parrot remains a member of the ISU Executive Committee. Arnold Witte, who established Donjon Marine in the 1960s, is a Past President of the ISU (1995 – 98). He has been a member of the ISU’s Executive Committee since 1992


Donjon Towing and Transportation Projects on the Rise

Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., a global marine services provider based in New Jersey, has announced a number of marine transportation projects the company has been involved with over the last months. These services are in addition to the daily support Donjon’s Transportation Division provides to Donjon’s Dredging, Salvage, Marine Demolition and related marine activities:   SIMS Metals: Donjon tugs transport the barges that carry all of the steel scrap in the New York/Metropolitan


Donjon Wins Navy Salvage Deal

Donjon Marine Co., Inc., Hillside, N.J., is being awarded a $41,000,000 ceiling priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-award-fee contract for salvage, salvage-related towing, harbor clearance, ocean engineering and point-to-point towing services to support the Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving.  This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $215,000,000


Donjon Names Noble as UK MD

John Noble, Managing Director - Donjon UK

Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., a provider of multi-faceted marine services including marine salvage, heavy lift, dredging, emergency response services and most recently shipbuilding and repair, has named John Noble as Managing Director - Donjon UK.   Mr. Noble has worked in commercial shipping since 1962 when he joined HMS Conway, the preeminent pre-sea training school in the United Kingdom.  He served as a deck officer in the British Merchant Marine sailing with shipping lines


ASA Announces New Leadership for 2011-2013

Tim Beaver, CEO of Global Diving & Salvage, and ASA President

Tim Beaver, Chief Executive Officer of Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., has been elected President of the American Salvage Association at its recent meeting in Arlington, VA, October 5, 2011.   Beaver succeeds Mauricio Garrido, who served as President from 2009-2011.  Paul Hankins, Donjon-SMIT, LLC, has been elected Vice President.  Todd Schauer, Resolve Marine Group, has been named Secretary/Treasurer


Great Lakes Shipyard Appoints Three Managers

Great Lakes Shipyard recently appointed three management positions because of continued Shipyard expansion. Paul W. Deterding has been appointed as Vice President & General Manager.  Formerly the General Manager at Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair Inc. LLC, Deterding brings over 25 years of experience in the marine, electrical and fire protection industries, mostly in the roles of Business Development and Team Leadership.


ASA Names New 2013-2015 Officers

Paul Hankins: Photo credit ASA

The American Salvage Association (ASA) elected a new slate of officers at its fall meeting on September 9 in Arlington, Virginia, as follows: Paul Hankins, Vice President for Salvage Operations at Donjon Marine Co., Inc., was elected President, succeeding Tim Beaver, Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., who served as President from 2011-2013.  Todd Schauer, Resolve Marine Group, was elected Vice President, and


Port of Erie Receives $1.52M for Dredging

The Port of Erie is located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie in a natural bay formed and sheltered by Presque Isle peninsula. Its harbor entrance channel is narrow and 29 feet deep. Dredging is a constant concern. In fact, dredging of harbors around the Great Lakes has been a hot button issue for the maritime industry. Funding is provided by the Harbor Maintenance Tax which is a user fee collected by the federal government to ensure the adequate maintenance and operations of waterway


American Club Elects First China Director

Members of the American P&I Club have elected the first director to come from The People’s Republic of China (PRC). At the annual meeting in New York, Lianyu Zhu of CCCC International Shipping Corporation, Tianjin, was elected to the board for the forthcoming year.


Multraship’s Muller Appointed President of ISU

Leendert Muller

Leendert Muller, managing director of leading towage and salvage specialist Multraship, has been appointed the new president of the International Salvage Union (ISU). The appointment was confirmed at the annual general meeting of the ISU in Hong Kong on October 24, 2013


Donjon-SMIT, MSRC Partner for OPA 90 Services Assistance

Donjon-SMIT President Raymond Lord

Donjon-SMIT and Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) announce the establishment of a cooperative alliance.  This alliance, while it can support both tank and non-tank vessel owners, will include the ability of non-tank vessel owners to establish their prearranged agreements with both


Donjon Shipbuilding Gets Tank Barge Order

Image courtesy of Donjon Shipbuilding

Erie, Pennsylvania shipyard, Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair, reported that Seabulk Tankers has placed an order with them for a petroleum and chemical barge. The wholly owned subsidiary of Donjon Marine Co. Inc. whose main office is in Hillside, N.J


Raymond Lord Named President of Donjon-Smit

Raymond Lord, President, Donjon-SMIT, LLC

Raymond Lord has been named President of Donjon-SMIT, LLC, effective November 8.        A native of Houston, Texas, Mr. Lord has more than 30 years of experience within the marine salvage industry, most recently serving as Vice President and Operations Manager for SMIT


Hankins Joins Donjon as VP

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Donjon Marine said that Paul Hankins, formerly President of Donjon-SMIT, LLC, has joined Donjon as Vice President of Operations-Salvage & Engineering Division.  Hankins’ primary duties will involve Donjon’s U.S. Navy Salvage Services Contract, as well as its U.S


Donjon Salvages Sunken Barge

Donjon’s Chesapeake 1,000 heavy lift crane works to salvage a sunken barge under the Newport Pell Bridge in Newport, Rhode Island last November.

Donjon salvags sunken barge under Newport Pell Bridge.   Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., a provider of multi-faceted marine services including marine salvage, heavy lift, dredging and related emergency response services, was contracted in early November 2011 to raise a 300-ton barge used as a


Costa Calls on Salvage Companies for Ship Removal Plans

Costa Crociere has set up a technical committee, with representatives from Costa Cruises, Carnival Corporation & plc, Fincantieri, Rina and sector experts, including academics, who will work for the best possible drawing up of the plan, on a joint basis with the competent authorities


Seacor and Donjon Christen Erie-Built Tug-Barge Unit

Ellen Boothe, wife of the vessel’s namesake, Ken Boothe Sr., former General Manager of Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair LLC, who passed away unexpectedly during the first year of operations, christens the Ken Boothe Sr. at an event on April 10, 2012.

Erie, Pa. – Seajon LLC, a partnership between Seacor Holdings Inc. and Donjon Marine Co. Inc., held an open house and christening of the 34,000-ton capacity self-unloading articulated tug and barge (ATB) Ken Boothe Sr. and Lakes Contender.


Donjon Refloats NY Car Ferry

Donjon Marine’s 1000-ton capacity Derrick Barge Chesapeake 1000 works to refloat the 277-foot Ex-Staten Island NY Car Ferry Gov. Herbert H. Lehman, which sank in the Hudson River while in layup in Newburg, NY.

Donjon Marine Refloats car ferry GOV. HERBERT H. LEHMAN.   After a competitive bidding process, in late March 2012 Donjon Marine was awarded a job to refloat the 277-foot Ex-Staten Island, NY car ferry Gov. Herbert H. Lehman.   The vessel sank in the Hudson River while in


Donjon Marine Supports Navy Hurricane Response

John Witte Jr., Executive Vice President of Donjon.

Donjon Marine Co., Inc., a provider of multi-faceted marine services including marine salvage, heavy lift, dredging, related emergency response services, and most recently shipbuilding and repair, was mobilized from its base in Port Newark, New Jersey to provide an emergency pumping capability in


Insights: Raymond Lord

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President, Donjon-SMIT, LLC When Raymond Lord was named President of Donjon-SMIT, LLC just over one year ago, the native Houstonian brought with him more than 30 years of experience within the marine salvage industry, and he joins industry heavyweights John Witte and Douglas Martin at the


Donjon Marine's Emergency Response

John Witte, Jr., executive vice president of Donjon

Donjon Marine Co. Inc. of Hillside, NJ, was mobilized from its base in Port Newark, New Jersey, to provide an emergency pumping capability in response to the devastation resulting from Hurricane Sandy. Donjon currently holds the US Navy Salvage and Related Services contract for the North


Staten Island Sandy Victim Tankship Salvaged

Stranded Tankship & Salvors: Photo credit USCG

Hurricane 'Sandy' pollution response US Coast Guard unified command completes tank vessel lift on Staten Island, NY. The tank vessel John B. Caddell is a 184-foot tanker ship that washed up on Staten Island as a result of high winds and floodwaters from Hurricane Sandy


Salvaging Sandy

Dewatering operation underway at PATH, Jersey City

Donjon Marine’s Emergency Response takes an interesting turn in the aftermath of the devastating hurricane When Hurricane Sandy swept across the Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States in late October 2012, the Category 2 storm eventually became the largest Atlantic hurricane


 
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