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ASA New Leaders for 2009-2011

Mauricio Garrido, Vice President, Salvage and Emergency Response for Bisso Marine Co., Inc. (Houston, Texas), has been elected President of the American Salvage Association (ASA) at its recent meeting in Arlington, Va., October 5, 2009.  Tim Beaver, Chief Executive Officer of Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. (Seattle, WA), has been elected ASA’s Vice President.  Paul Hankins, Vice President for Operations, Donjon Marine (Alexandria, VA), has been elected Secretary/Treasurer.   In addition, David Devilbiss, Alaska Regional Manager for Global Diving & Salvage; Dan Schwall, Managing Director for Titan Salvage; Bob Umbdenstock, Vice President for Client Services for Resolve Marine Group; and Captain Jack Ringelberg, President,  JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers, were elected to ASA’s Executive Committee.


Crumpton Global Diving & Salvage ROV Ops Manager

Seattle-based Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has appointed Eric Crumpton as Operations Manager for its fleet of underwater vehicles. Crumpton, who will be based out of Global’s Seattle office, brings over 30 years of ROV operations and manufacturing experience to the job. Prior to joining Global, Crumpton worked for Deep Sea Systems, Oceaneering, Honeywell, Hydro Products and Alliant Techsystems. Crumpton will be responsible for the supervision and management of Global Diving’s


Unique Horse Mesa Dam Project Nears Completion

Credit: Michael McNama

Faced with a challenging decision between draining Apache Lake or trying a unique underwater diving method to repair the damaged intake structure for Horse Mesa Dam’s hydroelectric units, Hydro Generation engineers at Salt River Project chose the latter rather than the former, which would have significantly impacted marina operations as well as boating enthusiasts at the reservoir. SRP said that decision is about to be rewarded as construction workers from SRP and Seattle-based Global


No Oil Found on Sunken WWII Wreck

After 11 days of survey and sampling, using both the latest in technology and physical sampling it was determined that no oil remains on the SS Montebello. The on-scene assessment of the sunken World War II tanker S.S. Montebello is nearly complete off the coast of Cambria, CA. The unified command, led by the Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Game's Office of Spill Prevention and Response, has determined that there is no substantial oil threat from the Montebello to the


No Oil Found on Sunken WW II Wreck

Physical sampling determined that no oil remains after 70 years.   After 11 days of survey and sampling, using both the latest in technology and physical sampling it was determined that no oil remains on the SS Montebello. The on-scene assessment of the sunken World War II tanker S.S. Montebello is nearly complete off the coast of Cambria, CA. The unified command, led by the Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Game's Office of Spill Prevention and Response


Inland Salvage to Remove Capsized Barge

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Inland Salvage Inc. (ISI) was recently selected as Salvor to conduct Wreck Removal Operations of a 2,650t Inland Drill Barge following an unsuccessful attempt by another contractor to salvage the barge.   The barge partially capsized in Bayou Shaffer, near Morgan City, LA on September 4th, 2011. ISI provided initial emergency response, dive and lightering services after the barge capsized due to Tropical Storm Lee's storm surge. Inland Salvage Inc


Keenan Joins TITAN Salvage as Director of Operations

Patrick Keenan

Patrick Keenan has joined the TITAN Salvage team as director of operations, bringing more than 20 years of worldwide, hands-on experience in naval architecture, marine engineering, salvage and marine pollution abatement. In his new position, Keenan will report to Managing Director Rich Habib and will be based in the company’s Pompano Beach, Fla., headquarters. TITAN is a Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary. Prior to joining TITAN, Keenan, who is a bilingual English-Spanish speaker


U.S., Indonesia Dive Into Salvage Ops

Antigua Regional Security Service Ordinary Seaman Julio L. Charles prepares to leave surface to inspect the hull of the Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) on a training dive during Navy Diver Global Fleet Station (ND-GFS) 2008. Grasp and 14 embarked navy divers are on a 90-day deployment to the Caribbean visiting seven island nations to take part in joint diver training. Global Fleet Stations mission is to maintain strong multi-laterial partnerships, support

By Cmdr. Daryl Borgquist, Commander Task Force 73 Public Affairs Divers from the United States and Indonesian Navies began a six-day diving operation July 21 to survey a wreck in Surabaya harbor as part of joint naval engagement activities (NEA) between the two nations. A joint diving team will conduct survey dives to identify the sunken vessel and determine potential salvage hazards such as fuel, explosives and dangerous cargo


Navy EOD Launches Exercise Edged Response

Sailors assigned to Mobile Diving Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, Det. 5, and Sailors assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8, Det. 4, are collaborating with Kenyan naval forces during a bilateral Edged Response training evolution, Oct. 9-19, in Manda Bay, Kenya. The 10-day training exercise encompasses a variety of subjects, including dive medicine, light-weight salvage recovery, and cutting and welding techniques, followed by practical applications.


ASA Member Responds in Gwadar, Pakistan

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On January 20, a member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) successfully refloated a bulk carrier that ran aground near Gwadar Port in Pakistan. Led by their Salvage Master, ASA’s member mobilized a salvage team that included a naval architect and dive team, along with a high-horsepower tug, to refloat the grounded vessel carrying 50,000 metric tons of urea fertilizer. The crew safely refloated the 623 ft bulk carrier during high tide without having to lighter bunkers or cargo


Purpose-built Daughter Craft Delivered to Aberdeen

Unique Groups UK Managing Director, Ray Hughes, handing the Vaila over to Vertechs UK Managing Director, John Marsden (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group, an integrated turnkey subsea and offshore solution provider, has now delivered two new dive systems and a diving vessel worth around £5 million to global services provider, Vertech.   The Hydracraft 1500 Daughter Craft vessel, named the Vaila


T&T Salvage Completes OPA 90 Response in the Great Lakes

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T&T Salvage was activated under its Salvage and Marine Firefighting Agreement to respond to a 600-foot laker that went aground on the St Mary’s River near DeTour Village, Mich.   “The vessel was hard aground but stable,” said Jim Elliott, T&T’s Vice President


Retrieving Valuable Cargo from the Seabed

Image: BMT Surveys

Surveyors are usually engaged to investigate the cause, nature and extent of a claim, damage or incident. Their role in managing projects to salvage cargo is less known. Peer van Oosterhout and Ad de Klerk from BMT Surveys share their experiences in salvaging a cargo worth several million Euros


Harkand Haldane DP3 Dive Support Vessel: A New Wave of DSV

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The Harkand Haldane is a DP3 dive support vessel currently being designed and built in Europe to reduce downtime in the North Sea’s winter marginal weather months. Along with its well-equipped and logically planned layout, Harkand’s clients looking for increased efficiency to maximize


Shipwreck Refloated Near the Galapagos

Photo courtesy of T&T Salvage

Grounded cargo ship Floreana was refloated by T&T Salvage on April 4, 2015 in San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.     Leading operations in the Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site, T&T Salvage ensured all fuel, oil and other pollutants were successfully removed prior


Titan, Svitzer Merger Creates Global Salvage Giant

Escort Towage, Milford Haven, UK. Photo by Svitzer

Svitzer, salvage division of AP Moller-Maersk and Titan Salvage, a division of Crowley Maritime Corp are merging their salvage operations to create a new market leader.    In this US in shipping’s latest consolidation move, Svitzer is joining forces with Titan Salvage under a new


Marine Salvage & Oil Spill Response Insights

Photo: Global Diving & Salvage

Last month Maritime Reporter had the good fortune to receive insights from a trio of maritime salvage leaders – Paul Hankins, Tim Beaver & Jim Elliott – garnering insights on one of the most challenging and ever-changing sectors of the maritime market.  


Global Diving & Salvage to Offer Global Technical Services

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  Global Diving & Salvage has announced the addition of Global Technical Services (GTS) to its three core services: marine construction, marine casualty response and offshore support.   GTS is offering a wide range of Non Destructive Testing (NDT) instruction services to industry


BMT Comments on Recent Barge Casualties

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  Recently, BMT was consulted in a number of cases/casualties involving the breaking and subsequent salvage of inland navigation barges. The incidents all occurred during loading operations. Since old barges were involved, questions immediately arose about the cause of the incident


Salvage, Wreck Removal Beset with Chronic Problems

  The basic nature of maritime casualties, salvage and wreck removal has evolved rapidly over the last few years. Ships and offshore constructions have become more technologically elaborate, and in many cases simply bigger and more complex than ever


Ship Salvage in the Presence of WWII Era Torpedo & Mines

What began as a typical grounding response quickly turned into anything but when the initial dive survey turned up a World War II era torpedo and unexploded mines around the vessel.

T&T Salvage continues to support shipowners with prompt, safe and cost-effective solutions to complex salvage, wreck removal, and anti-pollution challenges.  A comprehensive management team, with an average of 26 years in the industry


Navy Develops Prototype for Diver Life Support

U.S. Navy photo by Anthony Powers

Scientists at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (NSWC PC) have developed a prototype for a new life support system for divers, the U.S. Navy announced.    According to the Navy, the goal of the new system is to accelerate the deployment of Navy divers


NAVSEA Conducts Flyaway Saturation Dive Training

U.S. Navys 40 saturation divers. Courtesy USN

For the U.S. Navy's 40 saturation divers, requalification on the Fly Away Saturation Diving System (SATFAD) here this week ensures the Navy retains its deep water recovery capability.   The Sailors train on the SATFAD system three to four times a year to retain their qualifications on the


Dive Inspection Continues on Lysblink Seaways

Photo: MCA

The dive inspection on behalf of the salvors will continue today on the cargo ship Lysblink Seaways that ran aground Wednesday near Ardnamurchan Point in the west Highlands, and is now anchored close to the location of the grounding, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported.  


T&T Salvage Aids Charity’s Efforts Against Malaria

A small feeder container vessel ran aground off the coast of Papua New Guinea. A large part of its cargo consisted of 32 containers of mosquito nets owned by international charitable organization the Rotary Club through their subsidiary Rotarians Against Malaria






 
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