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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. The vessel and cargo were delivered to its owners with no damage to the environment. 


ASA Presents “Rapid Response” Award

The American Salvage Association (ASA) awarded its first Rapid Response Award on April 29 to the United States Coast Guard Marine Safety Office (MSO) New Orleans for its role in the salvage of the M/V Lee III, a supply boat that collided with a container ship and sank near the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River on February 21. Five crewmembers were lost in the incident. ASA member Bisso Marine commenced operations to remove the vessel


Congresswoman Davis to Receive Award

The American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) announced that Representative Jo Ann S. Davis (R-VA) would be the 2006 recipient of the Herbert H. Bateman Award. This award will be presented on June 28th during ASA’s Salute to the 109th Congress reception in the Gold Room (2168) of the Rayburn House Office Building. Representative Jo Ann Davis succeeded Congressman Herbert H. Bateman in representing the 1st congressional district of Virginia


New Members Elected to Hydro's Board

Billy Fredagsvik and Jørn B. Lilleby have been elected members of Norsk Hydro ASA's Board of Directors. Fredagsvik, process operator in Hydro, and Lilleby, maintenance supervisor in Hydro, replace Geir Nilsen and Ragnar Fritsvold as two of the Board’s three employee-elected representatives


ASA, C-PORT Enter Partnership

The American Salvage Association (ASA), the national trade association for the professional marine salvage industry, and C-PORT, the national association for the marine assistance industry, have entered into a partnership to exchange associate membership between the two organizations. This will allow both marine response associations to exchange resources and information, encourage networking among members, discuss and review government policies related to the marine sector


Reed Receives Herbert H. Bateman Award

The American Shipbuilding Association (ASA) announced that Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) is the 2009 recipient of the Herbert H. Bateman Award. This award was presented on Wednesday, May 13th at 6:00 pm during ASA’s Salute to the 111th Congress reception in the Gold Room (2168) of the Rayburn House Office Building. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996, Senator Reed is a senior Member of the Armed Services Committee, a Member of the Subcommittee on Seapower


New Managing Director at Farstad

The Board of Farstad Shipping ASA has appointed Karl-Johan Bakken as new managing director in Farstad Shipping ASA.He will succeed Terje J.K. Andersen who will retire in May 06. Karl-Johan Bakken will, however, take up his new position from January 1, 2006. Karl-Johan Bakken, born in 1958, holds a M.Sc. in Naval Architecture from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim (1984). He joined Farstad Shipping ASA with a 15 years experience from Ulstein/Rolls-Royce


Aker Yards Secures Contracts for Diving Support Vessels

Aker Yards ASA said it won an order from DOF ASA for a diving support vessel (DSV), and a contract from DOFCON ASA and Technip for a second DSV. For DOF, Aker Yards will build a DSV based on Aker Yards' Aker DSV06 design, while the other DSV will be to the Aker OSCV-06L DSV design. Source: Forbes


DryShips Completes Acquisition of Ocean Rig

DryShips Inc. announced that Primelead Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of DryShips Inc., has effected a compulsory transfer of all remaining shares in Ocean Rig ASA and as a consequence of the compulsory transfer and cancellation of the treasury shares held by Ocean Rig ASA, Primelead Limited is owner of 100% of the shares in Ocean Rig ASA. As of July 10th, 2008 Primelead Limited controls 163,611,380 shares, equivalent to 100% of the shares and votes in Ocean Rig ASA


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.


Nordic American Offshore Appoints CEO

Nordic American Offshore Ltd. (NAO) announced that Tor-Øyvind Bjørkli will join the company as chief executive officer (CEO), effective April 1, 2014. Tor-Øyvind will be working from out of the Oslo office on the same premises as Orion Tankers; the chartering department of


WWH Increases Stake in NorSea Group

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Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding Invest AS (WWHI), a fully owned subsidiary of Wilh. Wilhelmsen Holding ASA (WWH), informs it hs raised its shareholding in NorSea Group AS (NSG) from 35.4% to 40%. The share increase follows a share issue in the company whereby NSG buys Danbor AS from A.P


Insights - Paul Hankins, President American Salvage Association

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This month’s editorial calendar has, in part, as its focus, oil pollution, prevention and response. Or, in other words, missions and matters that cut to the very heart of the American Salvage Association (ASA) and the goals of its considerable membership


Statoil awards contracts for support services within HR

 Statoil has decided to outsource certain tasks within the Human Resources (HR) function, and awards two new contracts to external suppliers. The number of full time positions in Statoil in Norway that will be affected is 69, in addition to 10 positions internationally


Statoil Extends Aker Maintenance ContractTwo Years

Aker Solutions ASA secured a two-year option agreement extension valued at NOK 3 billion from Statoil ASA to provide maintenance and modifications work offshore Norway. The option is part of a 2010 framework agreement to provide maintenance and modifications work on the Statoil-operated


Knudsen Named Pesident, Rolls-Royce Offshore

John Knudsen

Rolls-Royce has appointed John Knudsen as President - Offshore, in its Marine business. Knudsen will transition into his new role through January 2014. Mr. Knudsen is currently President of Bergen Engines AS. He has had a key role in transforming Bergen Engines during the divestment from


Companies Offered 6% Share of Aker Solutions

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Aker ASA has engaged ABG Sundal Collier Norge ASA and Arctic Securities ASA to explore the opportunity to acquire approximately 16.5 million shares (roughly 6% of the share capital) in Aker Solutions ASA, but with the possibility for Aker ASA at its full discretion to increase or decrease the


Newbuild AWILCO LNG Carrier Sold to Teekay, Chartered Back

LNG carrier photo courtesy of AWILCO

AWILCO LNG ASA say that their second 156,000 cbm Tri-Fuel Diesel Electric powered newbuilding 'WilPride', has been delivered from South Korea by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd., (DSME) prior to the following business transactions:


Fugro Awarded Five-Year Positioning Contract by DOF ASA

Fugro has won a contract from DOF ASA for the provision of precise satellite positioning for the entire DOF fleet of more than 70 vessels globally. The contract is valid for a firm five years with two optional years and also includes the new vessels in DOF’s continuously expanding fleet.


Norway's Bergen Group Appoint CFO

Henning Nordgulen: Image credit Bergen

Henning Nordgulen has been appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of shipbuilders & offshore service providers Bergen Group ASA. Bergen CEO Asle Solheim said he was very pleased that Nordgulen had accepted the engagement: “Mr. Nordgulen has a comprehensive background from leading


M&M Appoints Lunde to Directors Board

Dagfinn Lunde

Maritime and Merchant AS  (to be renamed Maritime & Merchant Bank ASA), which was granted a banking license by The Financial Supervisory of Norway (FSAN) on the 28th of January for establishing a global bank dedicated solely to the shipping and offshore industries


Aker Shipyard Provides Clarification on Crane Incident

file photo: Aker Shipyard, Philadelphia

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA (AKPS) has released an update regarding an incident that occurred yesterday at its facility. According to Aker, numerous factually incorrect news reports have emerged


Solstad Sign Intents in Large Subsea Construction Vessel Deal

Rendering of subsea construction vessel courtesy of Solstad

Norway headquartered Solstad Offshore ASA (SOFF) inform it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with a major international offshore contracting company to construct & operate a large subsea construction vessel. The intention is that the client will charter the vessel from Solstad for a period


Several Companies Shortlisted for Heyerdahl Award

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Solstad Offshore ASA, Rolls Royce Marine, Norled AS and Maersk Line have been shortlisted for the prestigious Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award 2014. The prize recognizes candidates from the shipping industry that have made an outstanding contribution to the environment


Oceanteam Takes Stake in New Offshore Shipping Firm

Oceanteam Shipping ASA announce that it has founded together with Grupo Diavaz a new shipping company named 'DOT Shipping'. Oceanteam inform that DOT Shipping will focus on providing high-end vessel solutions for the Mexican market. Details of the transaction remain confidential and further


 
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