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Titan Salvage to Sponsor National Salvage Conference

Titan Salvage and OPA 90 partner, Marine Response Alliance will team up as sponsors of the National Maritime Salvage Conference, “Weathering the Storm”, hosted jointly by the American Salvage Association (AMA) and Marine Log magazine from September 9 through 12, 2013 in Arlington V.A. The American Salvage Association was created to provide professional salvors with an identity while also assisting with the professionalization of the United States marine salvage and firefighting response capability. The mission of the ASA is to be a unifying association of the commercial marine salvage industry and serve as the definitive spokesman for this industry in Washington, D.C. and around the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Titan Salvage is a subsiidiary of Crowley Maritime Corp. They have primary offices and response depots in Pompano Beach, Florida; Newhaven, UK; Singapore and Cairns, Australia, and strategically placed agent’s offices in port cities around the world, capable of handling project management for salvage, wreck removal, natural disasters and maritime emergency response operations. Titan is a member of the International Salvage Union (ISU), the Marine Response Alliance (MRA), and the American Salvage Association (ASA), with its principals having served, or currently serving, as executive members and office holders


Titan Maritime Joins Marine Response Alliance

The directors of Seattle-based Marine Response Alliance LLC (MRA) announced that Titan Maritime LLC has joined the alliance as a full and equal member, effective immediately. Titan joins the other MRA member companies Marine Pollution Control Corporation (MPC) and Crowley Marine Services, Inc., to provide comprehensive emergency response services, offering OPA '90 compliant capabilities for rescue towing, lightering, fendering, salvage and firefighting services in all U.S


Busch Named Vice President of Titan

Todd Busch has been promoted to vice president of Titan, Crowley's newly acquired salvage company which will be a part of the company's Marine Services segment. He will continue to report to John Douglass, Crowley's senior vice president and general manager of Marine Services. Busch, who had most recently served as general manager of Crowley's ship assist and escort business, will relocate from Crowley's Long Beach, Calif.


Crowley Announces Management Team for Newly Formed Ship Assist and Escort Services Group

Crowley Maritime Corporation has announced the appointment of Robe Grune to the position of vice president and general manager of Crowley’s newly formed ship Assist and Escort Services based in Seattle. Grune is responsible for profit and loss for the Ships Assist and Escort Services group and reports directly to Tom Crowley, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation. Crowley announced the reorganization of its Crowley Marine Services subsidiary into three distinct


USCG Sponsors National Maritime Salvage Conference

The U.S. Coast Guard's 13th District is co-sponsoring the National Maritime Salvage Conference 2002, to be held on Jan. 16 and 17, in Seattle, Wash. Joining the Coast Guard as event co-sponsors are: United States Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving, American Salvage Association, Foss Maritime, Foss Environmental, Crowley Marine Services, King County Bar Association, Titan Marine LLC, Water Quality Insurance Syndicate, Global Diving and Salvage, Canflex USA Inc


Mahmood to Manage Marine Response Alliance

Samina Mahmood (Photo: Crowley)

Samina Mahmood, former commercial manager for TITAN Salvage, has been appointed manager for Marine Response Alliance, an association of U.S. emergency responders providing OPA 90 Salvage Marine Firefighting (SMFF).   MRA, founded in 1994, combines experts in all facets of emergency response with salvage, firefighting and lightering equipment in all Captain of the Port Zones. Alliance members include TITAN, Crowley, Marine Pollution Control and McAllister Towing & Transportation.


Grand Alliance Enhances Routes

Grand Alliance enhances its Mediterranean-Asia loop M to include port call at Busan Grand Alliance is adjusting its service between the Mediterranean and Asia (EUM) in response to the increasing cargo volume. Busan will be included as a port of call in the service loop, and an additional eighth vessel will be deployed for the service. Ships deployed in EUM will be in an average capacity of approx. 6,500 TEU, replacing the


Donjon, Smit Americas form Joint Venture

Marine salvage and response companies Donjon Marine Co., Inc. (Hillside, NJ) and SMIT Americas (Houston, TX) announced a new joint venture known as Donjon-SMIT, An OPA-90 Alliance. This new response organization has been created specifically for compliance and response services as required by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA-90). The Joint Venture will begin providing services on December 31, 2004. Donjon and SMIT will continue to provide non-OPA-90 salvage and related services


Coast Guard Sponsors National Maritime Salvage Conference

The U.S. Coast Guard's 13th District is co- sponsoring the National Maritime Salvage Conference 2002, to be held on January 16 and 17, in Seattle, Washington. Joining the Coast Guard as event co-sponsors are: United States Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving, American Salvage Association, Foss Maritime, Foss Environmental, Crowley Marine Services, King County Bar Association, Titan Marine LLC, Water Quality Insurance Syndicate, Global Diving and Salvage, Canflex USA Inc


G6 Alliance Implements Asia-Europe Winter Program

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Eight void sailings in Asia-Europe trade / Response to expected low demand.   Members of the G6 Alliance have announced the withdrawal of eight Asia-Europe sailings from late October 2013 to February 2014, in response to expected low demand over the winter season. The void sailings will be made on the following services: Asia-North Europe services - Loop 7 service in week 44 (ETA Qingdao 28 October 2013) - Loop 4 service in week 47 (ETA Ningbo 22 November 2013)


Maersk Line’s Chinese New Year 2015

Image by Maersk Line

 Eastbound Blank Sailings:  The 4713 Chinese New Year (CNY) begins on February 19th, 2015, and will run for 15 days as the people around the world reunite to celebrate the holiday.    Maersk Line has advised customers of nine blanked sailings over the CNY holiday period


Puget Sound Container Volumes Slide

Photo: Port of Seattle

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma saw combined container volumes fall 13 percent in January, continuing a trend that started in November.   The Puget Sound gateway handled 226,906 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last month. Containerized imports plunged 21 percent to 89,982 TEUs


Malta Freeport Chosen by 2 Mega Alliances

Image: Malta Freeport Terminals Ltd

 Malta Freeport Terminals have been chosen by two mega shipping alliances -  2M Alliance and Ocean Three Alliance - as their main transshipment hub in the Central Mediterranean.   The '2M' Alliance is made up of Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company and the 'Ocean Three


Sulphur Enforcement Event to be Held in Brussels

Trident Alliance has invited representatives from national and European authorities and NGO’s to discuss how effective enforcement of sulphur regulations can be achieved on the high seas. The event will take place on March 3 during the European Shipping Week in Brussels.   


Interview: Oil Spill Repsonse Insights from MSRC's Benze: Steven T. Benz, President and CEO, Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC)

Steve Benz, president and CEO, MSRC

As President and CEO of MSRC, Steve Benz presides over the largest oil spill response company in the United States (and worldwide). In that position since January 1996, he has during that tenure, overseen several critical phases in the Company’s evolution


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


Doyle Gives Thumbs Up to Ocean Three

Hanjin Shipping

  Commissioner William P. Doyle’s in a statement today said, "I am voting to take no further action on the Hanjin/UASC/CMA CGM/CSL Vessel Sharing and Slot Charter Agreement. This agreement is scheduled to become effective on January 2, 2015."


Shell Charters Oceaneering Vessel for IMR

MSV Ocean Alliance (Photo courtesy of Oceaneering International)

Oceaneering International, Inc. has entered into a two-year, multiservice vessel charter agreement with Shell Offshore Inc. for use of the Ocean Alliance in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (GOM) commencing January 1, 2015.   The Ocean Alliance is a U.S


Puget Sound Container Volumes Flat in 2014

Photo: Port of Seattle

Container volumes through Puget Sound’s largest container ports remained flat in 2014, according to numbers released jointly for the first time by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.   “Reporting our combined cargo volumes demonstrates our commitment to the Seaport Alliance


Puget Sound Container Volumes Flat in 2014

Port of Seattle image by Don Wilson

Container volumes through Puget Sound’s largest container ports remained flat in 2014, according to numbers released jointly for the first time by the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.   “Reporting our combined cargo volumes demonstrates our commitment to the Seaport Alliance


New CEO for Rickmers Maritime

Pic by Rickmers Maritime

Singapore-listed Rickmers Maritime Trust (RTM) will have a new ceo at the helm in June this year. Its CEO Thomas Preben Hansen has resigned from his post.  Soren Andersen, a shipping executive with 17 years of experience at AP Moller-Maersk Group and American President Lines


Maersk Vessels Returns to Port of New Orleans

The 7,400-TEU Maersk Kotka arrived at the Port of New Orleanss Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal February 9 signaling the return of the Maersk Vessel service to New Orleans. (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

World’s largest carriers part of 2M Alliance offering two weekly services from New Orleans   Maersk Kotka called the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal on February 9, signalling Maersk Line’s return of vessel service to the Port of New Orleans


Cleanup Continues at Shell Wharf

  The cleanup and response operations continue for oil released at the Shell Wharf in Martinez, Wednesday. Assessments conducted throughout Wednesday continue to show no impact to the shoreline or wildlife, and no impact to the Martinez Marina or nearby marsh.


UK Monitors Russian Naval Vessel through Channel

A British warship shadowed a Russian frigate through the English Channel on Tuesday, taking over monitoring from French surveillance on the frigate's voyage northwards. HMS Argyll, a navy ship maintained at high-readiness, deployed a Lynx helicopter and used sensors to locate and monitor the


Gerda Maersk Make Maiden Call at Slovenia's Koper

Luka Koper (Image by Port Authority)

 Slovenia's Luka Koper port welcomed its largest container ship to date, as the 367 metre Gerda Maersk moored on Tuesday, just weeks after completing a long-awaited deepening of its seabed to allow larger ships to dock.  The Gerda Maersk weighing 10






 
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