The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) recently presented Crowley Maritime subsidiary Houston-based TITAN Salvage with its Hurricane Sandy Award for exhibiting “unprecedented support” immediately following the storm that devastated much of the Northeastern coast in late October 2012.
The award was presented during the Business Alliance Awards ceremony in Fort Belvoir, VA. During the ceremony, Vice Adm. Mark D. Harnitchek, director, DLA, presented TITAN’s Samina Mahmood, U.S. commercial manager, with a framed flag hand-crafted by the agency’s “flag ladies,” the group of women who have been embroidering the country’s official flags for more than 150 years.
Shortly after Hurricane Sandy subsided, TITAN and its OPA 90 Marine Response Alliance partner, Marine Pollution Control (MPC), the largest and most experienced U.S. provider of emergency lightering services, worked together to mobilize MPC’s high-capacity pumping systems, which are traditionally used for industrial pumping services. The equipment was deployed at the site of the World Trade Center memorial and museum in New York City. Thanks to the team’s fast and effective work, water was removed quickly, allowing tourism to commence prior to the Thanksgiving holiday rush, a critical time for the city’s economy.
In addition to deploying pumping equipment at the site for the World Trade Center, TITAN was also engaged in several other post-Sandy wreck removal and emergency response projects in some of the hardest hit areas along the Northeastern coast, including Staten Island, N.Y., where the 1,100 DWT tanker John B. Caddell washed ashore during the storm surge.
“We were proud to have Samina accept this award on TITAN's behalf, as she worked tirelessly to make this response effort run as smoothly as possible on multiple levels,” said Lindsay Malen, director of business development, TITAN.
“TITAN was very proud to assist the City of New York and our government in their time of need,” said Malen. “It is wonderful to see what you can do with the strengths of your team, sister companies, partners and strategically placed equipment.”
Pictured (left to right): Truman Russo, operations manager, TITAN; Samina Mahmood, U.S. commercial manager, TITAN; Kenny Hall, materials manager, TITAN