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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.


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)


G6 Alliance Enhances Asia/North America Service

In response to market demand, members of the G6 Alliance today announced service enhancements in the Asia – North America (Pacific Southwest) trade. Service Enhancements Central China 2 (CC2) Service – Additional Pusan call The CC2 service will be upgraded to include a permanent Pusan call. Transit times from other origins will remain unchanged. New port rotation: Ningbo – Shanghai – Busan – Long Beach – Ningbo Effective voyage:


G6 Alliance to Operate its Service Structure as Aligned Through 2016

Image: Neptune Orient Lines

 On 7 December 2015, Neptune Orient Lines (NOL), parent company of G6 Alliance member APL, announced the potential acquisition of NOL by CMA CGM.     The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. Until there is further development


Puget Sound Box Volumes Rebound in 2015

Photo: The Northwest Seaport Alliance

 International container volumes through the Puget Sound rebounded strongly in 2015 with The Northwest Seaport Alliance handling more than 3.5 million 25-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an increase of 4 percent.   Container volumes grew despite the slowing Chinese economy and volume


Alaska Oil Spill Response Policy Revised

The policy regarding chemical dispersant use for oil spill responses in Alaska has been revised.   The new policy for the Dispersant Use Plan For Alaska was announced Wednesday in Anchorage by the U.S. Coast Guard in coordination with four other signatory agencies of the Alaska Regional


Cosco Merger May Change Industry Dynamics

Image: China Shipping group

 The merger between China Shipping group and the Cosco Group has given rise to a mammoth company that could trigger stability and extended consolidation in the global shipping industry, says a report in the WSJ.   The merger will free the two Chinese shipping groups from competing


Capacity Culls Insufficient to Reverse Rate Slump: Alphaliner

Graph: Alphaliner

 The idle containership fleet has reached its highest level in five years, with over 1 Mteu of vessel capacity currently unemployed.    Carriers are removing capacity on most main tradelanes in response to weak market demand


Evergreen Advises NUE3 (AWS) Seasonal Suspension

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COSCON, Yang Ming, Hanjin Shipping and Evergreen Line are to implement winter service adjustment to NUE3(AWS) service, in response to seasonal market demand. The lines will suspend NUE3(AWS) service effective from December 3, 2015.  


Technology Readiness Levels Defined for Oil Spill Response

Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility Courtesy BSEE

  Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) staff participated in a workgroup meeting at the bureau's Ohmsett facility in Leonardo, N.J., as part of the workgroup’s efforts to define Technology Readiness Levels for use in the oil spill response community.


BSEE Participates in Circumpolar Gap Analysis Workgroup

Workshop Participants Photo BSEE

  Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement staff from the Oil Spill Preparedness Division attended an international workshop last month that focused on how Arctic meteorological and oceanographic conditions can affect traditional oil spill response strategies.


Gothia Orders Four LNG-Powered Tankers

Courtesy Gothia Tanker Alliance

  Swedish cargo transporter Gothia Tanker Alliance has ordered four newbuilding intermediate product/chemical tankers with LNG propulsion. The vessels will be built to a design, developed by FKAB and Furetank, with close to 50 % reduction of CO2 emissions


G6 Alliance to Maintain Service Structure through 2016

Photo: NOL

Container shippers of the G6 alliance intend to maintain current service structure and operate as aligned through 2016, following news of CMA-CGM’s potential takeover of Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) announced earlier this week. Singapore-based NOL, parent company G6 member APL


Antwerp Port Makes Big Impression in India

Marc Van Peel, port alderman and Port Authority chairman. Photo Antwerp Port

  A few months ago the Essar Group from India decided to buy back the shares from her daughter company Essar Ports Limited (EPL). Port of Antwerp International (PAI), the international consulting and investment subsidiary of Antwerp Port Authority, set up an alliance in 2012 with EPL


Maersk Joins WTO’s Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

The objective of the Global Alliance for Trade is to accelerate trade facilitation reforms by supporting swift and wide implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) Courtesy Maersk

The new alliance was announced at the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya and consists of governments, international companies such as Maersk Group, DHL and Wal-Mart, and the International Chamber of Commerce and the World Economic Forum.


California Vessel Response Plans Altered

Steamship Mutual advises that beginning January 1, 2016 Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) will no longer provide California Shoreline Protection (CASP) and On Water Response Coverage services for vessels calling at the Port of Hueneme, Calif


Commercial Ships Makes a Comeback to Iran

Pic: Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines

 With MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company has resumed vessel operations to Iran, after services were suspended in 2012 in response to trade sanctions, Some of the world’s largest container shipping lines are pursuing business in Iran, reports WSJ.  


HMS Prince of Wales’ Aft Island Lifted into Place

Photo: Aircraft Carrier Alliance

The Aircraft Carrier Alliance successfully lifted one of the final sections of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier in Rosyth on Friday, January 8 following its arrival from Glasgow.     The 750-metric-ton block was raised 25 meters in the air using the Goliath crane and






 
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