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Titan Establishes Salvage Base in Australia

Photo courtesy Titan Salvage

Titan Salvage continues to expand globally with the recent addition of a new salvage base and depot in Australia. The facility located in Cairns, Queensland is strategically located to respond to marine and environmental disasters threatening the Great Barrier Reef and other marine casualties throughout the Australasia and South West Pacific regions. As part of the expansion, Titan has exclusively partnered with Perrott Salvage of Cairns, a locally based salvage operator, who will serve as Titan's regional representative. Locally based resources, including a stockpile of specialist salvage equipment in Cairns, along with strategic partnerships with key Australia-based subcontractors and Titan's established worldwide network of salvage resources will help expand the company's global reach. The new Australian company will operate under the name Titan Maritime (Australia) Pty Ltd. Titan also operates a fully staffed and equipped salvage facility in nearby Singapore.

American Salvage Association to Consider Non-Tank VRP's

New regulations for non-tank vessel response plans (VRP) to be discussed at upcomingNational Maritime Salvage Conference One issue on the conference agenda will be the new regulations for Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans (VRPs).  On March 9, 2013, the OPA 90 Vessel Response Plan regulatory package outlining requirements for non-tank vessels trading in U.S. waters was approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), jumping the last hurdle before publication on or around June 9, 2013

TITAN Appoints Hoddinott and Ives


TITAN Salvage has appointed Mark Hoddinott to global director, marketing and strategy, responsible for developing, delivering and managing the company's strategic marketing and business development plans. He will operate out of Titan's UK facility at Newhaven, East Sussex, and will report to Rich Habib, TITAN's vice president.  Hoddinott, who will continue his role on the senior management team, will work closely with TITAN's commercial division.

Bisso Marine Salvages Buried Crane

Bisso Marine recently mobilized a salvage team, the salvage support barge C/B BIG EAGLE and the 700 ton capacity D/B Cappy Bisso to salvage a crawler crane which had fallen into the Atchafalaya River in Berwick, La. The crane, which weighed approximately 100 tons, was knocked into the river upon contact with the HWY 90 Bridge in 2005. At the salvage location the water was 30 ft. deep, but in the two years since the collision

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, a not-for-profit Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) engaged in a program aimed at eliminating Malaria in Papua New Guinea by the use of Long Lasting Insecticidal Mosquito Nets (LLIN’s) which are delivered free of charge to

T&T Salvage Refloats Containership

Photo courtesy of T&T Salvage

Damn the Torpedoes: T&T Salvage completes another successful OPA 90 response T&T Salvage and their strategic response partner, Cabras Marine, successfully refloated a 17,000 ton fully cellular containership that went aground near Micro Beach in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. The prompt action of the Hamburg based vessel owners resulted in the immediate activation of their OPA 90 Vessel Response Plan (VRP) and T&T Salvage as its pre-contracted salvage provider

T&T Salvage Strengthens Singapore Team

Left to right: Hussain Shah, Lee Hiok Liang and Alex Ang Yew Boon

T&T Salvage recruited three salvage professionals, Lee Hiok Liang, Alex Ang Yew Boon, and Hussain Shah, for its Singapore base. Lee Hiok Liang joins as a naval architect from a diverse background of twenty years of experience in the marine industry. Lee joins from Royal Boskalis, where he was a Senior Project Engineer. In this role he was actively involved in the construction of new dredging vessels, modification and upgrade supervision to ensure compliance with technical and quality

Salvors Rescue Cargo Ship in North Sea

Leading salvage and towage company Multraship Salvage BV and Belgian salvage specialist URS Salvage & Maritime Contracting have rescued the general cargo vessel Eva Danielsen after the Bahamas-flagged vessel got into difficulties off the North Hinder traffic separation zone in the North Sea early on the morning of November 9. The vessel’s problems were caused by a total power black-out, which the crew was not able to rectify

US Non-tank Vessel Response Plan Approved

Logo credit T&T Salvage

T&T Salvage remind that the OPA 90 Vessel Response Plan regulatory package has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) & offers its services. On March 9th, 2013, the OPA 90 Vessel Response Plan regulatory package outlining requirements for nontank vessels trading in U.S. waters was approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), jumping the last hurdle in a process which started approximately 8 years ago

ASA Names New 2013-2015 Officers

Paul Hankins: Photo credit ASA

The American Salvage Association (ASA) elected a new slate of officers at its fall meeting on September 9 in Arlington, Virginia, as follows: Paul Hankins, Vice President for Salvage Operations at Donjon Marine Co., Inc., was elected President, succeeding Tim Beaver, Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., who served as President from 2011-2013.  Todd Schauer, Resolve Marine Group, was elected Vice President, and

Torched Containership Returned to its Owners

The containership CCNI Arauco caught fire in the aft container hold on September 1. After four intense weeks, Ardent safely returned the vessel to the owners. Ardent discharged the damaged containers out of the vessels cargo hold. These containers were declared as dangerous waste and required special treatment. (Photo: Feuerwehr Hamburg)

Container vessel CCNI Arauco has been returned to its owners after a fire broke out in its aft container hold on September 1.   Ardent emergency response crews worked with local firefighters to extinguish the fire. Other experts from Ardent contained the situation with local authorities and

Interview: Todd Schauer - President, American Salvage Association

Todd Schauer

Todd Schauer is Director of Operations at Resolve Marine Group, as well as President of the American Salvage Association. After graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a degree in Naval Architecture in 1991, he followed that up with graduate degrees in Naval Architecture

Fair Contracting in Casualty Response

John Witte

ISU’s President weighs in on the current state of international salvage, a changing landscape and the need for mutual fairness from all stakeholders in the global salvage and response arena.    The last three decades have seen a significant reduction in marine casualties which is

Salvors to Remove Fuel from Capsized Riverboat

Spirit of Sacramento capsized near Bethel Island, Calif. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Adam Stanton)

Efforts to prepare the capsized riverboat Spirit of Sacramento for fuel removal operations are being conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response and other partner agencies.  

Global Spill Response Contract Sparks Interest

Image: ISCO (International Spill Control Organization)

 The ISCO-BIMCO spill response contract was well received at the ACI Maritime Salvage and Casualty Response Conference that took place in London last week.    The contract is still under development, but is expected to be published towards the end of this year.  

Grounded Bulker Refloated in Mozamique

Photo: KOTUG

KOTUG provided salvage assistance to refloat the bulk carrier MV Gladiatorship after she ran aground just before high water in Nacala, Mozamique.   The Bahamas flagged vessel was unable to refloat herself and at risk of being damaged by the drop between high and low water.  

Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention Explained

Photo: International Maritime Organization

 The International Maritime Organization (IMO)  treaty covering wreck removal is on the agenda at the 7th Maritime Salvage and Casualty Response Conference in London (7-8 September).    IMO’s Jan de Boer gave an insight into the Organization’s Nairobi Wreck

Ensuring Cruise Ship Safety in the Northwest Passage

The Crystal Serenity will be the largest vessel to ever sail across the Northwest Passage. (Photo: Crystal Cruises)

 The luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity is set to become the largest vessel to ever sail across the Northwest Passage as the 250-meter-long vessel carries a record-breaking 1,070 passengers and 655 crew members on a 32-day voyage from Anchorage, Alaska to New York  

Caribbean Fantasy Fire Extinguished

The passenger ferry vessel Caribbean Fantasy is towed to Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor on August 20, 2016. There were 511 passengers and crew evacuated from the vessel on August 17, 2016, following a fire on board. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Eric D. Woodall)

A fire that broke out aboard the passenger vessel Caribbean Fantasy at 7:42 a.m. on August 17 has been extinguished, and the vessel has been moored safely in port.   The Caribbean Fantasy is covered under Ardent’s OPA-90, Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting “SMFF” coverage

Fire-stricken Ferry Moored Safely

Caribbean Fantasy is towed to Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico, Saturday, Aug. 20 (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jasmine Mieszala)

The fire aboard the passenger vessel ferry Caribbean Fantasy has been extinguished, and the vessel has been moored safely at Pier 15 in San Juan Harbor, the U.S. Coast Guard said.   The fire broke out Wednesday, August 17, leading to the evacuation of 511 people from the ship.  

Svitzer Continues Its Expansion In Towage

SVITZER ODEN assisting Ebba Maersk,Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo: Svitzer A/S

 In highly challenged shipping and salvage markets, Svitzer delivered an underlying profit for Q2 2016 of USD 23m (USD 30m).   In the first 6 months of 2016, Svitzer expanded its market share in key markets. It is also in the midst of implementing several long term contracts in its

Salvors Assessing Grounded Transocean Drilling Rig

Transocean Winner drilling rig grounded off the Isle of Lewis  Photo Maritime and Coastguard Agency

A team of eight salvors is now making its way on board the drilling rig Transocean Winner which is currently grounded off the Isle of Lewis. They’ll now be carrying out a full assessment of the rig and intend to work to make it habitable so that they can remain on it overnight

Update: Oil Rig Aground off Scotland

Photo: MCA

No further pollution has been detected in the area of the grounded oil rig Transocean Winner as the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) continues to monitor the scene.   The MCA counter pollution surveillance aircraft yesterday flew over the location and surrounding area to make

Update: Salvors to Board Grounded Transocean Winner

Final preparations are being made to put a small team of salvors on board the grounded semi-submersible oil rig Transocean Winner off the Isle of Lewis this afternoon. The rig broke free from a tow line in severe weather Monday and ran aground off the western isles of Scotland.

Semi-submersible Drilling Rig Grounds off Scotland

Severe weather has caused semi-submersible drilling rig Transocean Winner to break free from tow and run aground off the western isles of Scotland, the U.K. Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.   There are no personnel on board the rig and there is no risk to life, MCA said

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