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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ecospeed Strengthens Polar Code Compliance

The operational success of the 1995-built RRS Ernest Shackleton is an exemplar of the Ecospeed coating’s performance (Image: Subsea Industries)

Subsea Industries has received an order for its specialist hull and rudder coatings for application to a shallow draught anchor handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel under construction at Turkey’s Atlas Shipyard. The hard-type coatings were selected amidst strong competition because of their proven performance in polar waters. The Ice-Class 1A, 65m tug will carry out anchor handling and oil recovery duties in the ecologically sensitive Arctic in compliance with the IMO Polar Code requirements, due to enter into force in January.

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.

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.” (

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.

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.

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, Marine Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. And, while his considerable U.S. Coast Guard experience includes shipboard engineering, marine safety, advanced engineering and emergency response, he is best known for his longtime role in the commercial salvage business.

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 to be welcomed by all. Better ships; better inspection and port state control; the SOLAS convention; improved operational practices, liability concerns – both civil as well as criminal – and better crew training have all played their part.

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…

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…

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…

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.

Interview: Devon Grennan CEO, Global Diving & Salvage

Devon Grennan  CEO, Global Diving & Salvage

Devon Grennan joined Global Diving & Salvage in 1995 and has served many roles. When company founders Tim Beaver and John Graham stepped down from direct operational involvement, Grennan was named CEO. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News caught up with Grennan for his insight into his company and the business of Diving and Salvage. What is Global Diving & Salvage? Global Diving is a full service subsea service provider with three core service lines: Marine Construction, Marine Casualty Response and Offshore Operations.

IXSEA Launches Refitted Survey Vessel

IXSEA has completed work on the SV John Lethbridge on behalf of Comex Deep Sea Salvage Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Subsea Resources PLC. The refit was undertaken by H2X shipyard in cooperation with IXSEA and COMEX SA. The vessel is currently in the Atlantic working on a number of projects including the Miranda project and the Ella project. The survey ship is equipped with top of the range sonar equipment, fitted by IXSEA, which is capable of surveying depths to 6000 m as well as a Comanche Sub-Atlantic ROV, which can reach similar depths. The ROV has two work manipulators, HMI lights, digital cameras and flash and 100kgf/ 200 lbf DC Thrusters.

Dredging, Marine Experts, Boskalis Trading Update

The developments at Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) in 2012 to date are in line with expectations. Boskalis realized a slightly higher revenue in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period last year. In recent months, market circumstances remained challenging with continued pressure on revenue and margins. For the combined Dredging and Dry Infrastructure segment revenue for the first quarter was comparable to the same period in 2011. The Harbour Towage activities showed a stable revenue development. The level of activities was particularly high in Brazil. The Salvage, Transport & Heavy Lift segment showed on balance a positive picture in the first quarter.

Deepwater Waterjet Highlighted by Chukar

Chukar Waterjet, Inc. has released a new brochure highlighting its subsea waterjet equipment. The brochure outlines Chukar’s deepwater subsea waterjet skid capabilities and highlights the many applications and advantages of subsea waterjet technology. It also includes Chukar Waterjet’s topside waterjet equipment and its advantages. Chukar Waterjet’s Deepwater Subsea Waterjet Skid is operable to 3000 meters and powers a variety of ultra-high pressure waterjet cutting and blasting tools. It can cut steel as thick as 8” (203 mm) or quickly blast away hydrate ice crystals. Its many applications include decommissioning, salvage, inspection, cleaning, and hydrate remediation. Chukar Waterjet also recommends this equipment as an emergency response preparedness asset.

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 worked with all parties with follow-on operations. The aft hold was partly flooded to extinguish the fire, subsequently contaminating the water in the hold. Ardent safely discharged the contaminated water which was pumped into tankers to bring it to off-site final disposal facilities.

Oil to be Removed from Sunken Ship off Canary Islands

Ardent, the recent merger of Titan and Svitzer Salvage and Ardentia Marine, a salvage and diving company based in Spain have, been awarded the contract to remove oil from the sunken fishing trawler Oleg Naydenov off the coast of Gran Canarias, Spain. On April 11, the vessel sustained a fire that quickly got out of control. All crew were able to abandon the vessel safely but due to the intensity of the fire, firefighting experts were unable to gain access to board the vessel and she sank approximately 15 nautical miles southwest of Gran Canarias. The vessel now sits upright on the seabed at a depth of 2,700 meters. The Ardent-Ardentia joint venture has already begun putting the necessary resources in place to execute the operational plan in a safe and efficient manner.

Barge Master T700 to Be Installed on Boskalis Ndeavor

BM-t700 arrives in Singapore (Photo: Barge Master)

A Barge Master BM-T700 system was unloaded in Singapore today as it awaits the early 2015 arrival of DP-2 multipurpose vessel Boskalis Ndeavor. According to Barge Master, the T700 will be mobilized on the Ndeavor and continue to the Phillipines where a bridge will be installed between two gas platforms using the Barge Master to compensate the motions of the bridge as a result of the waves. Built by Samsung C&T corporation ZPMC - Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co.Ltd in 2013…

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