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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Rudy Teichman: A Marine Salvage Legend

Rudy Teichman (Photo: T&T Salvage)

Rudy Teichman, a legend in the U.S. marine salvage industry, founded T&T in 1957, now one of the world’s largest international salvage companies. In a sense, Rudy was larger than life and one who was often referred to as a “force of nature.” He was an entrepreneur, inventor, salvor, deep sea diver, airplane pilot, licensed mariner, restaurateur, musician, philanthropist, mechanic, machinist, politician, and husband, father and grandfather. And, in spite all of his accomplishments, he was more importantly a man of character, hard work and integrity, in a time when your word was your contract.

Modus unveils Saab Sabretooth for cost effective survey, inspection

Modus Seabed Intervention has successfully completed trialling one of the subsea industry’s first commercially available hybrid unmanned underwater vehicles. It will be one of the first autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to feature the capabilities and characteristics of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). In partnership with Saab Dynamics, Modus has developed the Saab Sabretooth to offer greater endurance and speed, and is also developing advanced sensor payload packages and operating methodologies. The vehicle is expected to contribute to more cost-effective survey and inspection projects in the offshore, defence and oceanographic sectors. Following successful trials in Sweden and the UK, Modus is preparing the advanced spread for its first commercial deployment.

T&T Salvage Names Garcia Assistant Director of Vessel Services

Rebecca Garcia (Photo: T&T Salvage)

T&T Salvage, LLC has appointed Rebecca Garcia as Assistant Director of Vessel Services, primarily responsible for assisting the compliance team in finding customer-centric solutions to the latest regulatory requirements set forth by the OPA-90 regulations, while also identifying and introducing custom emergency management solutions to T&T’s global customer base. Garcia comes from a career at Svitzer Salvage and Ardent Global where she helped establish and develop the organization’s OPA-90 compliance program.

OceanGate & Global Diving Sign Strategic Agreement

Image credit OceanGate

OceanGate Inc., supplier of manned submersibles says it has made a strategic agreement with Global Diving & Salvage Inc., provider of marine construction & offshore support services in the United States, and an internationally recognized marine casualty responder. Under the agreement, both companies will pursue new sales opportunities by endorsing and utilizing each other's services and products. Global Diving & Salvage will be OceanGate's exclusive manned diving and salvage partner, and OceanGate will be the sole supplier to Global Diving & Salvage of manned submersible solutions.

Kongsberg Maritime: Reshaping Underwater Operations

First live trials of the Eelume underwater robot took place in Trondheim, Norway Photo Kongsberg Maritime

Eelume AS has released the first live video footage of its game changing take on underwater intervention vehicles. With the support of Kongsberg Maritime as a development partner, the unique new Eelume robot has torn up the marine robotics rulebook to create a futuristic, snake-like vehicle designed to live permanently underwater and carry out underwater intervention tasks that would normally require the mobilisation of expensive surface vehicles for divers or to launch and retrieve ROVs or AUVs.

Global Names Coppes Director of Salvage & Wreck Removal

Bas Coppes (Photo: Global Diving & Salvage)

Bas Coppes has joined the senior management team at Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., aiming to guide the global growth of the marine services company. Coppes will be based out of Global’s Houston office and will focus on salvage and wreck removal operations worldwide. Coppes brings two decades of salvage and offshore experience to the organization, having managed an extensive number of salvage, wreck removal, and offshore projects across the globe. “In my role as president of Mammoet Salvage Americas, I worked with Global extensively over the last 10 years,” Coppes said.

Stewart Group Launches Subsea Division

(Photo: Credit)

The Stewart Group, an international shipbroker, has added new depth with the appointment of Michael Braid to launch its specialist subsea and renewables business. "We're delighted Michael has joined The Stewart Group team,” said Paul Love, Managing Director of The Stewart Group. The Stewart Group, which has offices in Aberdeen, London, Houston, Cape Town and Ghana, is a world leader in shipbroking for the procurement of offshore support vessels, deep sea towage, salvage and ship sale/purchase services.

ROV Friendly Salvage Tooling

Seanic Ocean Systems (formerly Mako Deepwater Inc.) announced that they recently delivered specially designed tools in support of deepwater ROV salvage operations. The tooling package included a subsea Mag Drill and two subsea Super Grinders. The order went to a leading ROV Operator in the Gulf of Mexico.  Tom Ayars, Seanic’s President stated, “The industry continues to do more and more salvage work with ROV’s.  Each of these tools provides a cost effective solution to drill holes up to up to 6” or cut pipe up to 6” in diameter while maintaining the simple, rugged and reliable standards we have set since the inception of this company.” (www.Seanic.com)

T&T Subsea: A Veteran’s Day Mission

Photos T&T Subsea

On Veteran’s Day this year, T&T Subsea divers worked to help save the Battleship Texas, the over 100-year-old U.S. naval vessel and historic landmark ship of Texas launched in 1912 that fought in both World Wars. T&T Subsea, the Teichman Group’s dedicated commercial diving company, was founded by U.S. Army veteran and salvage industry legend Rudy Teichman. Today, the T&T Subsea team consists of U.S. military veterans and divers from the U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard with over 60-years combined military service.

Salvage and Marine Firefighting Verification

Firefighting onboard any ship is one of the most serious situations facing onboard personnel and responders. 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)

The U.S. Coast Guard regulations regarding salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) as elements of vessel response plans (VRPs) for tank vessels have been in place since December 31, 2008. On September 30, 2013, these regulations were expanded to include non-tank vessels with a capacity of 2,500 barrels or greater of fuel oil. The VRP requirement was established by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). be resubmitted for approval of each significant change. The salvage and marine…

OTS, DSM Congratulate Costa Crociere, Titan Micoperi

DSM, producer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE), branded as Dyneema, and OTS (Offshore & Trawl Supply AS), a Norwegian manufacturer of synthetic fiber ropes of extreme strength, are proud to congratulate Titan Salvage and Micoperi for their outstanding achievement in the Parbuckling project. Dextron 12 Plus ropes made with Dyneema  fiber took the strain of the Costa Concordia, holding it in position and relieving some of the tension felt by the engineers from Titan Salvage and Micoperi during this historic marine exercise.

Hydro Group wins 'Company of the Year' Subsea UK Awards

Doug Whyte, managing director Photo Hydro Group

Aberdeen-headquartered Hydro Group plc have secured the Company of the Year title at last night’s [Thursday 3 February] Subsea UK Awards. The cable and connector specialist was recognised for its performance in the subsea sector and its significant development to date, as well as its plans for future success and growth, both in the UK and internationally. The annual awards, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, highlight the achievements of individuals and companies throughout the subsea industry and are the most prestigious awards in the subsea sector.

Rainmaker Signs Exclusive Representation with Meridian

Rainmaker LLC, headquartered in Mobile, Alabama with a newly opened office in Houston, Texas, signed an exclusive representation contract with subsea inspection and survey specialist Meridian Ocean Services, with offices in Newport, Rhode Island and Nassau, Bahamas. The agreement covers the maritime industry, harbors, bridge inspection, marine terminals, offshore pipeline and offshore-related industries in the U.S. and other international territories. Rainmaker is also collaborating with Enman and Associates to expand Meridian’s presence on the U.S. East and Gulf Coasts. Meridian’s portfolio of subsea inspection and survey equipment includes Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) as well as advanced subsea imaging technology.

Braemar Launch Global 24-hour Response Marine Salvage Support

Incident response and  environmental clean-up specialist Braemar Howells and its sister company Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association) are to work together to provide a 24-hour global response capability to the world’s shipping and marine insurance sectors. In what is being seen as a key development in the expansion of Braemar’s Technical Services (BTS) division, both companies have formed Braemar Marine Salvage Support Services which will provide on-site distressed cargo management and salvage support services to salvors, owners and insurers, together with additional expert technical advisory services from within BTS ranging from resolving LNG operational problems to offshore engineering solutions.

Chukar Waterjet to Present at Upcoming OTC Brasil Expo

Waterjet skid: Image courtesy of Chukar Waterjet

Chukar Waterjet, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjet technology for the deepwater subsea environment, is exhibiting at OTC Brasil, 29-31 October, 2013 at Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro. Chukar Waterjet clains to be the only waterjet manufacturer in the world that offers ultra-high pressure (UHP) waterjet equipment capable of operating in the deepwater subsea environment. Operable at depths up to 3000 meters (10,000 feet), Chukar’s deepwater subsea waterjet system has numerous applications for deepwater emergency response operations…

Lloyd’s Register Sets Its Sights Subsea

Andrew Inglis (Photo: Lloyd's Register)

Eying a subsea sector rebound, Lloyd’s Register (LR) aims to bring its expertise to underwater operations in offshore oil and gas as well as wind farm power generation and submarine cable markets. The provider of integrity, compliance and specialist risk consulting services has launched Subsea Inspection Services, which it said will support underwater inspections of subsea pipelines, assets and facilities to energy companies operating offshore. Managed and coordinated in Aberdeen…

The Powerful TGS Salvage Grab

Photo: TGS Salvage

The TGS Salvage grab is reported to be the only one of this type in the world with four independent claws of 250 Mt each and a total pinch force of 1,000 Mt. Its lifting capacity reaches more than 1,000 Mt. This grab is built out of the latest high tense steels in order to achieve a super light empty weight of 165 Mt. The grab operates on a sheer legs crane or any other type of lifting crane. This giant machine is equipped with four heavy duty hydraulic cylinders to open and close the claws.

Chukar Subsea Waterjets Cut/Blast at 3,000m Depth

Photo: Chukar Waterjet

Chukar Waterjet manufactures underwater ultra-high pressure waterjet cutting and blasting equipment capable of operating at depths in excess of 3,000 meters. Effective at cutting steel up to 250 mm thick or waterjet blasting at pressures up to 3,800 bar, Chukar’s subsea waterjet equipment has numerous applications for deep water emergency response operations, salvage operations and rapid de-mobilization operations. It can be used to blast away coatings and marine growth to inspect welds, or as a cutting tool in emergency response and salvage operations.

Braemar Launches New Salvage Support Operation

Incident response and environmental clean-up specialist Braemar Howells and its sister company Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association) are to work together to provide a 24-hour global response capability to the world’s shipping and marine insurance sectors. In what is being seen as a key development in the expansion of Braemar’s Technical Services (BTS) division, both companies have formed Braemar Marine Salvage Support Services which will provide on-site distressed cargo management and salvage support services to salvors…

DOF Subsea wins three year IMR agreement

The HUGIN 1000 Image: DOF ASA

In Asia Pacific, DOF Subsea has been awarded a 3-year IMR frame agreement with one of the major oil and gas companies in the region. DOF Subsea has recently secured a Safety Case for Geoholm, and the vessel will be available in the Asia Pacific region from the beginning of Q2 2017. In a statement, CEO Mons S. Aase said, "I am very pleased with the performance of the team in Perth. Mons added: "Including Geoholm, we will have 5 advanced subsea vessels in the region, with an average age of 6 years.

Study Targets Improved Subsea Mattress Salvage

Mattress recovery operation (Photo: Jee Ltd.)

Independent multi-discipline subsea engineering and training firm Jee Ltd. has completed a contract with Decom North Sea (DNS), the representative body for the decommissioning industry, to identify methods of salvage and re-use options for concrete subsea mattresses. The aim of the project, which commenced in February 2015 and saw Jee partner with DNS and Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS), was to identify new solutions for subsea mattress removal which would work without diver interventions during the lift procedure, resulting in improved safety and reduced costs.

Boskalis Report Good Financial Progress

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) say that developments in first quarter 2013 to date are in line with expectations. Boskalis realized a higher revenue in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year. There was no material change in market circumstances during the quarter, with continued pressure on margins and challenging conditions. The acquisition of Dockwise was finalized at the end of March and the Dockwise results will be included in the consolidated figures from the second quarter. reported good margins with a revenue level that was in line with the first quarter of 2012. Utilization of the hopper fleet was good in the first quarter and was higher than the 2012 full year utilization rate.

Dan Dolson Appointed Operations Manager for TITAN Salvage

Dan Dolson, operations manager for the Americas

TITAN Salvage, a Crowley Maritime Corporation company, has appointed Dan Dolson to the senior management team as operations manager for the Americas. In this new role, Dolson now has responsibility for the operations and profitability of TITAN's U.S. office and depot in Pompano, Fla. Dan will relocate to Florida from Bellevue, Wash., and report to TITAN Vice President Richard Habib. Dan has more than 15 years of experience in the marine and salvage industry. He was the founder and president of the Seattle Diving Company…

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