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Friday, January 19, 2018

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Global Diving & Salvage Acquires Offshore Divers

Seattle-based Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has announced the acquisition of Offshore Divers of Anchorage, Alaska. As Global Offshore Divers, the new company will continue to be based out of Anchorage, utilizing the same personnel and management team that has served the offshore oil and gas fields in Cook Inlet and the North Slope for over a decade. Global Diving & Salvage CEO Tim Beaver said that keeping Offshore’s existing management and staff in place was a key consideration in the acquisition, coupled with future project opportunities. Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. is based in Seattle, Wa. with additional offices in the San Francisco Bay area (Global Inshore) and Anchorage (Global Offshore Divers).

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.

F/V Deep Sea Refloated

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. successfully rigged and refloated the sunken 140-foot fishing vessel. The abandoned and derelict fishing vessel Deep Sea, while at anchor in Penn Cove, WA, caught fire and sank in 60 feet of water. The U.S. Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) responded and deployed boom to contain the leaking fuel oil in an effort to protect the world renowned mussel and clam fishery in the cove. Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. was contracted by the DOE to raise the 140-foot wreck and mitigate the pollution hazard from the cove.

Global Diving & Salvage Welcomes New AK GM

Alaska Region General Manager Deirdre Daily

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. Welcomes New Alaska Region General Manager Deirdre Daily. Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. is proud to announce the advancement of Deirdre Daily to General Manager of the Alaska Region. Throughout her time with Global as the Alaska Region Office Manager she has been involved in all aspects of the daily operations including assisting with estimating and project management. She has built strong relationships with clients, participating in industry associations and exhibiting at various tradeshows, and has fostered overall business development in the region.

Global's Divers Cleared Collapsed Skagit River Bridge

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., under contract to Atkinson Construction, provided diving and salvage services throughout the investigation and debris recovery phase after the bridge collapse. On Thursday, May 23, 2013 while traveling in the southbound lane of Interstate 5, a truck hauling a heavy and oversized load struck the support structure of a bridge crossing the Skagit River in Mt. Vernon, WA. The damage inflicted by the truck caused the 160’ long four lane span to collapse into the river below, completely severing the interstate. While the truck cleared the bridge before it collapsed, two passenger vehicles caught up in the failure of the bridge were destroyed with the passengers emerging shocked and scared, but alive.

Vindeola Joins Global Diving & Salvage, Inc.

Jose Vindeola, Gulf Coast Region Business Development / Technical Support

New Addition to the Gulf Coast Region. Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. announces the hiring of Jose’ Vindeola, joining the Gulf Coast Region in the Business Development / Technical Support position. Mr. Vindeola will be essential in providing Global’s current client base with high quality solutions and also stewarding expansion both nationally and abroad. Ryan Smith, Gulf Coast Region General Manager, states “Jose’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made him a key addition to the Global family.

Propeck Joins Global Diving In Gulf Of Mexico

John Propeck: Photo credit Global Diving & Salvage

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. say they have hired John Propeck as General Manager for their Gulf Coast regional office, located in Houston, TX. The company adds that Propeck brings with him over forty-five years of multi-faceted experience in the commercial diving and maritime industry. He began his career as a commercial diver, logging over 1,000 days in saturation. He has over twenty years of program and project management experience, including business development, marketing, sales, purchasing and procurement management.

Crumpton Global Diving & Salvage ROV Ops Manager

Seattle-based Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has appointed Eric Crumpton as Operations Manager for its fleet of underwater vehicles. Crumpton, who will be based out of Global’s Seattle office, brings over 30 years of ROV operations and manufacturing experience to the job. Prior to joining Global, Crumpton worked for Deep Sea Systems, Oceaneering, Honeywell, Hydro Products and Alliant Techsystems. Crumpton will be responsible for the supervision and management of Global Diving’s ROV operations and related services for all groups within the GD&S family as well as the greater marketplace. (www.gdiving.com)  

Gowdy Joins Global Diving & Salvage

Photo courtesy Global Diving & Salvage

Seattle-based Global Diving and Salvage has hired Renee Gowdy as Lead Estimator. In this position, Gowdy will be responsible for developing estimates and proposal production within Global’s Marine Construction Division for Federal, State, Local and civil customers as well as other key markets. Gowdy joins the department with an extensive educational and professional background in the estimating and preconstruction development process. He brings to Global significant expertise in preparing submittals for projects in commercial, municipal and government markets and data base management.

Unique Horse Mesa Dam Project Nears Completion

Credit: Michael McNama

Faced with a challenging decision between draining Apache Lake or trying a unique underwater diving method to repair the damaged intake structure for Horse Mesa Dam’s hydroelectric units, Hydro Generation engineers at Salt River Project chose the latter rather than the former, which would have significantly impacted marina operations as well as boating enthusiasts at the reservoir. SRP said that decision is about to be rewarded as construction workers from SRP and Seattle-based Global Diving & Salvage Inc.

Vessel Sinks at Anacortes Marina, Releases Oil

A fishing vessel at the Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes sank Tuesday morning and released more than 200-gallons of diesel fuel into the water. Divers from Global Diving and Salvage were contracted to clean up the spill. They have removed approximately 300-gallons of diesel fuel from the Miss Maddy’s starboard fuel tank. Approximately 210-gallons of fuel have been recovered from the water. An oil boom has been positioned around the vessel to contain the oil. Approximately 510-gallons of fuel has been removed from the scene. The vessel is stable and continues to discharge oil. The Miss Maddy is a 58-ft. wooden hulled vessel belonging to Harold Joseph of Marysville, Wash.

ASA New Leaders for 2009-2011

Mauricio Garrido, Vice President, Salvage and Emergency Response for Bisso Marine Co., Inc. (Houston, Texas), has been elected President of the American Salvage Association (ASA) at its recent meeting in Arlington, Va., October 5, 2009. Tim Beaver, Chief Executive Officer of Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. (Seattle, WA), has been elected ASA’s Vice President. Paul Hankins, Vice President for Operations, Donjon Marine (Alexandria, VA), has been elected Secretary/Treasurer. In addition, David Devilbiss, Alaska Regional Manager for Global Diving & Salvage; Dan Schwall, Managing Director for Titan Salvage; Bob Umbdenstock, Vice President for Client Services for Resolve Marine Group…

Salvors Remove Debris Left by Environmental Protesters

Photo: GUE Seattle

Dive and salvage teams worked to remove debris used as anchor blocks by environmental activists protesting Shell’s Arctic drilling aboard a barge in Seattle’s Alki Seacrest Park on May 19. A dive team from Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., along with divers from Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) Seattle, collaborated to remove several concrete blocks and thick steel mooring cables that held barge Solar Pioneer in place as the activists protested Shell’s Polar Pioneer arctic drilling rig then housed at Seattle’s Harbor Island Terminal 5.

Global Diving & Salvage New Office in Calif.

Seattle based - Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. is expanding their operations in the San Francisco Bay Area by opening an office in Richmond, Calif., to augment their existing Rio Vista office. The Richmond office will expand Global’s existing diving services and offer additional  environmental and waterfront services which include ship husbandry, preventative booming, and fendering operations. The new location will  shorten the response time  for  diving, ROV, and salvage services by having personnel and equipment located in the Bay Area. Kyle Watson, the operations manager, will be working hand in hand with Global’s Rio Vista office General Manager…

ROV Deployed on WWII Era Wreck

Global Diving and Salvage Inc. has been contracted by the United States Coast Guard to determine if oil is present aboard the sunken ship S.S. Montebello, which sits 900 feet below the ocean surface approximately 6.5 miles off the coast of Cambria, California. The S.S. Montebello sank after a Japanese submarine torpedoed the large oil tanker on December 23, 1941. The vessel broke apart landing upright with her bow separated from the majority of the wreckage. To date, no signs of leakage have been detected, and from previous visual inspections by submarine, the cargo section appears to be intact. The possibility of future oil release has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to contract Global to determine the integrity of the cargo section and its contents. Coast Guard Capt.

ROV Sent to Determine Oil at 900 Feet

ROV will be used in an attempt to determine if oil is present on sunken WWII tanker. Global Diving and Salvage Inc. has been contracted by the United States Coast Guard to determine if oil is present aboard the sunken ship S.S. Montebello, which sits 900 feet below the ocean surface approximately 6.5 miles off the coast of Cambria, California. The S.S. Montebello sank after a Japanese submarine torpedoed the large oil tanker on December 23, 1941. The vessel broke apart landing upright with her bow separated from the majority of the wreckage. To date, no signs of leakage have been detected, and from previous visual inspections by submarine, the cargo section appears to be intact. The possibility of future oil release has prompted the U.S.

Cargol Joins Global Diving in Gulf of Mexico

Photo courtesy Global Diving & Salvage, Inc.

Global Diving and Salvage, Inc., announced the hiring of Mike Cargol as general manager for its Gulf of Mexico region, based in Houston, Texas. In this position, Cargol will be responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the development of business opportunities. Cargol was previously employed by Houston based Wild Well Control, Inc.

ASA Names Committee Leaders

The American Salvage Association (ASA) has named the following as leaders of its Standing Committees for 2009-2010:   Jack Ringelberg, JMS Naval Architects and Salvage Engineers, Chairman, ASA Associate Membership Committee   Paul Smith, The Glosten Associates, Vice Chairman, ASA Associate Membership Committee   Matt Miller, The Glosten Associates, Chairman, ASA Membership Committee   Devon Grennan, Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., Chairman, ASA Safety Committee   Tim Williamson, Donjon-SMIT, Chairman, ASA Security Committee Chairman              Todd Schauer, Resolve Marine Group, Chairman, ASA Training Committee Chairman

Global Diving & Salvage Responds to Tsunami Destruction in Calif.

Photo courtesy Global Diving & Salvage, Inc.

On Monday, March 14, 2011, Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. was engaged by the US Coast Guard to respond to the destruction inflicted to Crescent City, CA by the 8 foot tsunami tidal surges generated by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake near Japan. The after effects of the tsunami impacted the several areas along the west coast of the United States causing significant damage to marine facilities and vessels unable to escape the onslaught. Global has been tasked to assist with the removal of fuel…

Global Diving & Salvage Welcomes Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. Welcomes Ryan Smith as new Gulf Coast Region General Manager. Global Diving and Salvage, Inc., based in Seattle, WA, announces the hiring of Ryan Smith as general manager for its Gulf Coast Regional office, based in Houston, TX. In this position, Mr. Smith will be responsible for the day-to-day operations as well as the development of business opportunities. “Smith understands our unique diving personality and company philosophy, and is someone who will be a good leader and manager for our Gulf operations,” states Devon Grennan, Global’s President.

Historic Tug Raised by Global Diving & Salvage

Built in 1945, the 141-foot steam powered tugboat was utilized by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroads.

Built in 1945, the 141-foot steam powered tugboat was utilized by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroads. Originally named the Edward J Engel, it moved railroad car barges from Oakland to San Francisco until 1969. After which she passed through several hands and eventually her name was changed to TV ‘Respect’. She remained a steam powered vessel till 2007, when she sank at her moorings in the Oakland Estuary. In 2013, the United States Environmental Protection Agency embarked on a program to clean up the Oakland Estuary. Global Diving & Salvage, Inc.

Ferguson Global Diving’s Offshore Business Manager

 Photo courtesy Global Diving & Salvage

Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. welcomed John Ferguson, Business Development Manager, to their Offshore Support Division. Ferguson has over 17 years of experience in the offshore and international Oil and Gas industry. He will be using his expertise to prepare for opening a Houston office as the General Manager. His current responsibilities include expanding Global's commercial diving, ROV, and environmental services within the Gulf of Mexico region and evaluating international market potential.

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.

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