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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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


ASA Member Responds in Gwadar, Pakistan

Photo courtesy ASA

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


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


Hoegh Osaka Salvors Battling High Winds

Car carrier vessel Hoegh Osaka ran aground Saturday, January 3 after departing from Southampton for Bremerhaven, Germany. (Photo: MAIB)

All precautions are in place to hold the Hoegh Osaka in place as tonight’s weather forecast predicts high winds, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. The vessel remains held in position at anchor on the Alpha Anchorage.  


Launch of Asian Marine Casualty Forum

Asian Marine Casualty Forum logo

  The Crisis in Global Maritime Casualty Response – Now Is the Time To Act – An industry Forum Designed to Promote Change An industry forum aimed at producing a practical response to the current crises in maritime casualty management was officially launched in Singapore today


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


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.  


Phoenix International Awarded US$75-M Subsea Navy Contract

Subsea salvage work: Photo USN SUPSALV

US Department of Defense inform that Phoenix International Holdings Inc., Largo, Maryland, is being awarded a $75,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-award fee contract for worldwide undersea deep ocean search and recovery operations and associated services to support


N-Sea Completes Inaugural System Diving Scope

The TUP Diving System (Photo courtesy of N-Sea)

Inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) specialist N-Sea has recently completed its inaugural diving scope with the TUP Diving System (Transfer Under Pressure). The diving scope involved x-mas tree assistance with the deployment of the TUP Diving System for client ONE (Oranje-Nassau Energie)


Keenan Named VP at Gibbs & Cox

Gibbs & Cox, Inc., an independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm, announced the appointment of Patrick J. Keenan as Vice President, Platform Solutions Group. In this role, Keenan will have responsibility for leadership and management of the company's government and commercial


Baumann Relieves Matthews as SUPSALV Director

Capt. Gregg Baumann,  Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV)

Capt. Gregg Baumann assumed command from Capt. Mark Matthews as the Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), Naval Sea Systems Command announced.   Baumann reports to SUPSALV after serving as program manager for the International Fleet Support Program


Sunken WWII Landing Craft Refloated

Photo: Unique Seaflex

LCT 7074, the last known landing craft to survive the D-Day invasion in 1944, has been refloated as part of a project to lift and save the vessel which began in March 2014, almost exactly four years to the day after she had sunk.   


300th Anniversary of Historic Fleet Sinking

Captain Carl Fismer with his Pulse 8X detector and Plythe Gibbons

2015 will mark the 300th anniversary of the sinking of a dozen Spanish ships known as the 1715 Plate Fleet; plata being the Spanish world for silver. On the 30th of July 1715 twelve galleons, overloaded with Mexican gold and silver, left Cuba and sailed north carried by the Gulf Stream.


Barge Master T700 to Be Installed on Boskalis Ndeavor

BM-t700 arrives in Singapore (Photo: Barge Master)

A Barge Master BM-T700 system was unloaded in Singapore today as it awaits the early 2015 arrival of DP-2 multipurpose vessel Boskalis Ndeavor.   According to Barge Master, the T700 will be mobilized on the Ndeavor and continue to the Phillipines where a bridge will be installed between two


The Importance of Lloyd’s Open Form Salvage Contract

The importance of shipping to world trade hardly needs stating, carrying as it does more than 9 billion tons of cargo each year in some 4,500,000 vessel movements. And while there have been major improvements in ship and operational safety over the past decades


US Response Model for Salvage and Firefighting

As the dust settles on the 2014 implementation of the non-tank vessel response plan (VRP) regulations, the effective result is that all tank and non-tank vessels over 400 gross tons operating in US waters must meet the requirements of OPA 90


ROV Key to Safety in Concordia Salvage

The largest marine salvage operation in history. (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

With Concordia finally in dock, Italian marine contractor Micoperi reports that the Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV played a vital role in diver safety during the largest maritime salvage operation in history.   Fabio Bartolotti of Micoperi, the contractor responsible for the project


US Navy Using Advanced Equipment in AirAsia Search

The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) operates near the location where the tail of AirAsia Flight QZ8501l was discovered. Fort Worth is currently supporting Indonesian-led efforts to locate the downed aircraft. (U.S. Navy photo by P. Turretto Ramos)

An eight-member team from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 onboard USS Fort Worth (LCS 3) is supporting the ongoing Indonesian-led search effort for AirAsia flight QZ8501 with advanced Tow Fish side scan sonar systems capable of providing high-resolution images of the ocean floor.  






 
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