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Inland Salvage to Remove Capsized Barge

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Inland Salvage Inc. awarded Wreck Removal Contract of Capsized Inland Drill Barge.   Inland Salvage Inc. (ISI) was recently selected as Salvor to conduct Wreck Removal Operations of a 2,650t Inland Drill Barge following an unsuccessful attempt by another contractor to salvage the barge. The barge partially capsized in Bayou Shaffer, near Morgan City LA on September 4th, 2011.  ISI provided initial emergency response, dive and lightering services after the barge capsized due to Tropical Storm Lee’s storm surge.   Inland Salvage Inc. (http://www.inlandsalvage.com) (ISI) was notified by the vessel's assured and underwriters that ISI had been appointed as the salvor.  ISI immediately responded, deploying highly experienced salvage and dive teams consisting of Salvage Masters and Divers who have conducted similar operations on capsized inland drill barges. Following extensive dive surveys, ISI’s C.O.O., Mr. David Grecho, assembled ISI’s Salvage Management Team, drawing from each member’s particular field of expertise, to develop a Salvage Plan approved by Inland Salvage C.E.O., Mr. Eli Zatezalo.   The salvage officers met with the Command Staff at the USCG Marine Safety Unit / Morgan City in order to coordinate and clear procedures for ISI wreck removal operations


Salvors Welcome New Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention

The world’s marine salvors have welcomed the International Maritime Organization’s adoption of a new Wreck Removal Convention (WRC). International Salvage Union (ISU) President Hans van Rooij says: “The new Convention clarifies many issues of importance to Coastal States and salvors. Times have changed and the main motivation for wreck removal today is often concern for the environment, rather than any threat to safety of navigation


Ardent Celebrates Second Year

BAY OF CAMPECHE, Mexico (Nov. 15, 2016)- Ardent concluded the industry’s largest wreck removal project in the Gulf of Mexico in 2016. (Photo: Ardent)

Salvage and wreck removal company Ardent celebrates its second birthday with the passing of May 1, 2017. Ardent maintains a zero lost time incident record since its inception. “Despite the initial focus on implementing the merger and challenging market conditions Ardent has successfully won and executed 125 contracts over the last 2 years” said Ardent CEO Peter Pietka. “Salvage operations are inherently risk filled and completing 125 contracts without a single lost


Titan Salvage Re-enlists Dennis Brand

Capt. Dennis Brand: Photo credit Crowley Maritime

Captain Dennis Brand to rejoin Titan, Crowley Maritime's marine salvage & wreck removal company, as director of global commercial operation. As a member of the company’s senior management team, Captain Brand will help shape strategic, operational and commercial business initiatives particularly as they relate to emergency response, securing salvage and wreck removal work for Titan around the world. “We welcome Captain Brand back to the Titan team and look forward to his


'Rena' Wreck Shrinks Under Resolve's Helicopter, Crane Barge Assault

Cutting Away Bow Plates: Photo credit RESOLVE

Following six weeks of intensive operations RESOLVE Salvage & Fire announce removal of 600 tons of steel from the bow section of the Rena wreck off Tauranga, New Zealand.  RESOLVE has been removing the wreck piece by piece using helicopters and a transport barge at a safe distance from the reef.   Due to the precarious position of the wreck’s bow on the Astrolabe Reef, and the nationwide concern in New Zealand over the potential for additional damage to the reef


TITAN Jack-Up Barges for Wreck Removal

Photo courtesy Crowley Corporate Communications

TITAN Salvage's jack-up barges Karlissa-A and Karlissa-B arrived in Rotterdam, Netherlands on Jan. 22 for the wreck removal of the Vinca Gorthon, a roll-on/roll-off vessel, which sank in the North Sea in 1988.   The Ministry of Waterways North Sea Division, part of the Dutch, Ministry of Waterways, awarded TITAN the wreck removal project.   The Vinca Gorthon lies approximately 29 kilometers off the Netherland coast at a depth of 80.4 ft in a very busy shipping traffic lane


Salvage, Wreck Removal Beset with Chronic Problems

  The basic nature of maritime casualties, salvage and wreck removal has evolved rapidly over the last few years. Ships and offshore constructions have become more technologically elaborate, and in many cases simply bigger and more complex than ever. There isincreasing concern about whether current international legislation and industry practices cancope with the issues. Many are skeptical regarding the fundamental format of casualty contracts


ISU Publishes Annual Review and Statistics

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The International Salvage Union has published is Annual Review for 2013 which formally sets out the governance and work of the ISU which is the global trade association representing the interests of its members who are marine salvors. The ISU Annual Review includes a summary of the annual statistics collected from its members to provide an overview of the state of the salvage industry. The 2013 figures show a substantial industry with total revenues, not profit, of more than $700 million


Costa Concordia Wreck Removal: Local Citizens Progress Update

Costa Concordia Dec. 2013: Image credit Costa Crociere

A  meeting of Giglio residents heard that the Condordia is stable: after the minor movements registered in the 15 days following the parbuckling operation the wreck has settled on the platform and seabed. Since then, the monitoring systems active 24/7 have not indicated any significant movement. Present at the meeting with Giglio residents were Maria Sargentini, Chairman of the Observatory, Sergio Ortelli, Mayor of Giglio, and Franco Porcellacchia


Multraship Completes Dredger Salvage

Multraship Salvage has completed the lifting of the 79m trailer suction dredger Thor R, which sank in the mouth of the Danish port of Esjberg on September 26. The Thor R sank after collision with a RoRo vessel, and subsequently capsized under water, partially impeding traffic into the port. The wreck removal operation was complicated by strong tides, which allowed only 4 hours of diving time per day, and soft sand bottom, into which the wreck continually sank.


Salvors to Raise Sunken Tug in Alaska

A crane barge that will be used to hoist a sunken tug in Sitka, Alaska has arrived to the wreck site. The evolution to raise the tug is expected to take up to 10 days, the U.S. Coast Guard said.   U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sitka and Alaska Department of Environmental


Maritime Expert Hails NIMASA for Removing Wrecks

Pic: The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency

 The reported wrecks removal initiative by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has received wide commendations from industry player and Stakeholder in the maritime sector, Dr. Chris Asoluka.   Speaking in Lagos recently, Dr


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.  


Renewal Time for CLC, Bunker, Athens and WRC Certificates

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 Time has come for most shipowners to apply for renewal of their CLC, Bunker, Athens and Wreck Removal Certificates from the Danish Maritime Authority. Certificates must be renewed when the underlying insurance expires.   Ships subject to a requirement for a certificate are not allowed


Conquest Offshore Partakes in Troll Solution Wreck Removal

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Conquest Offshore’s MB-1 heavy lift barge was the key asset in the largest wreck removal recorded in 2016.  Conquest MB-1 removed the Troll Solution jack-up rig from the seabed 30 meters deep of the Bay of Campeche, Mexico. 


Nairobi: Understanding Wreck Removal

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A meeting of salvage and wreck professionals in London, United Kingdom has been introduced to International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention.   The treaty provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed


Troll Solution Wreck Removal Completed

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A stricken jack-up has been removed from the Mexican seabed in close proximity to a well head platform, making for the largest wreck removal project completed in 2016.   Weighing approximately 7,000 tons, the jack-up Troll Solution, contracted to operate in Pemex's Abkatun-Pol-Chuc shallow


Wiswall Receives International Maritime Prize

Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior (Photo: IMO)

Maritime lawyer Dr. Frank Lawrence Wiswall Junior, former Chair of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Legal Committee and Vice President (Honoris Causa) of the Comité Maritime International (CMI), has received the International Maritime Prize for 2015 for his contribution to the


2nd Asian Marine Casualty Forum Launched

FIRST ASIAN MARINE CASUALTY FORUM A HIGHLIGHT OF SINGAPORE MARITIME WEEK 2015 Photo LOC

Following the success of the inaugural Asian Marine Casualty Forum (AMCF) in 2015 and by popular demand, the bi-annual industry forum aimed at addressing the current crises in maritime casualty management, is back for the second time running and officially launched in Singapore today


Workshop Promotes IMO Liability and Compensation Regime

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 A national workshop on theInternational Maritime Organization (IMO) liability and compensation conventions is underway in Bangkok, Thailand (8 -11 November).    The workshop is providing a comprehensive overview of the IMO liability conventions


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


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


Ardent and Ardentia Join Forces

In August 2015, Ardent and Ardentia performed a deep sea oil removal by means of deploying subsea recovery domes and oil receiving tanks operated by remote operated vehicles (ROV) from a diving support vessel. (Photo: Ardent)

The Iberian connection: Ardent and Ardentia join forces   Global maritime services firm, Ardent, and Ardentia Marine Group, a Spanish salvage, engineering and commercial diving company, have formally partnered for future operations following the signing of a cooperation agreement in June


Ardent in for Major Expansion in India

Capt. Arnab Chakravorty Operations Director, Asia-Pacific, Ardent

Before the furious monsoon and tropical cyclones hit South East Asia, Ardent, the amalgamation of two salvage giants, has already positioned itself to tackle the growing number of accidents and casualties that become a regular feature this time of the year.


Ardent Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Ardent CEO, Peter Pietka displays the ISO 9001:2015 certificate from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. (Photo: Ardent)

Ardent, formed just over a year ago as a merger of A.P. Moller-Maersk’s Svitzer Salvage and Crowley’s Titan Salvage, has been issued the ISO 9001:2015 Certification for its Quality Management System for Preparedness, Emergency Response, Wreck Removal, Decommissioning






 
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