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Monday, December 11, 2017

International Salvage Union News

Crowley to Acquire Titan Maritime

Crowley Maritime Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Tom Crowley Jr. announced last night at the International Salvage Union's annual dinner that Crowley has reached agreement with the owners of Titan Maritime, LLC to acquire the company. The deal is expected to close within the next 30 days. Crowley made the announcement to an audience of about 60 salvors from around the world who had gathered for dinner at the Columbia Tower Club in Seattle as part of the weeklong International Salvage Union's annual conference. He said additional details would be provided after the closing. Titan, founded in 1980 by David Parrot, is a worldwide salvage company that is headquartered in Ft.

Multraship’s Muller Appointed President of ISU

Leendert Muller

Leendert Muller, managing director of leading towage and salvage specialist Multraship, has been appointed the new president of the International Salvage Union (ISU). The appointment was confirmed at the annual general meeting of the ISU in Hong Kong on October 24, 2013. Muller, who has been a member of the ISU Executive Committee since 2008, and vice-president since 2011, succeeds Andreas Tsavliris, who will continue as a member of the ISU Executive Committee.  John A Witte Jr., of Donjon Marine Co Inc., was confirmed as vice president of the ISU. multraship.com  

Witte elected to ISU Presidency

Arnold Witte has been elected President of the International Salvage Union. He is the first Past- President of the ISU to assume the office for a second term. In addition, delegates at the ISU’s recent General Meeting - held in Cape Town - elected Source: ISU

ASA and NAMEPA Establish Reciprocal Affiliate Membership

The American Salvage Association (ASA) and the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) have agreed to establish a reciprocal Affiliate Membership relationship. NAMEPA, composed largely of vessel operators, is committed to encouraging effective compliance of its members with national and international laws and regulations regarding marine environment protection; creating and promoting safety mindedness and security spirit within the industrial sectors involved in its membership; enhancing quality standards and professional training competency. NAMEPA cooperates with international maritime organizations; promoting relationships and/or partnerships with educational institutions to further spread the voluntary commitment to today’s youth.

Titan Salvage to Sponsor National Salvage Conference

Titan Salvage and OPA 90 partner, Marine Response Alliance will team up as sponsors of the National Maritime Salvage Conference, “Weathering the Storm”, hosted jointly by the American Salvage Association (AMA) and Marine Log magazine from September 9 through 12, 2013 in Arlington V.A. The American Salvage Association was created to provide professional salvors with an identity while also assisting with the professionalization of the United States marine salvage and firefighting response capability. The mission of the ASA is to be a unifying association of the commercial marine salvage industry and serve as the definitive spokesman for this industry in Washington, D.C. and around the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Titan Salvage is a subsiidiary of Crowley Maritime Corp.

Ship Casualty Management Guidelines Book Published

The Nautical Institute and the International Salvage Union (ISU) have launched 'Casualty Management Guidelines', a book aimed at providing practical guidelines to help seafarers during a casualty, when demands can be confusing, contradictory, unclear or a combination of all three. In the book masters and crew members are told what to expect from people or organisations that might be involved as the casualty unfolds. Chapters are presented, describing how masters should expect to deal with different people, from owners to government officials, insurance representatives and salvage experts. It will give all involved an idea of the job each may be undertaking, together with priorities and responsibilities.

ASA and SCAA Establish Affiliate Relationship

The American Salvage Association (ASA) and the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA) have established an Affiliate Membership relationship. The Spill Control Association of America was organized in 1973 to actively promote the interests of all groups within the spill response community. The organization represents spill response contractors, manufacturers, distributors, consultants, instructors, government & training institutions and corporations working in the industry. The American Salvage Association is the trade association promoting professionalism and improving marine casualty response in North American coastal and inland waters. ASA has partnership agreements with the U.S.

ASA and OMSA Establish Affiliate Membership

The American Salvage Association (ASA) and the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) have agreed to establish a reciprocal Affiliate Membership relationship. The Offshore Marine Service Association represents more than 250 member companies, including about 100 firms that own and operate marine service vessels. These vessels, some 1,200 in number, connect America with its offshore energy resources, providing every pipe, wrench, computer, barrel of fuel, and gallon of drinking water to rigs and platforms, as well as transporting tens of thousands of workers to and from the facilities. This critical flow of supplies keeps the heart of America's energy industry pumping around the clock.

Witte Named Chairman of the American Club

J. Arnold Witte Sr., President and CEO of Donjon Marine, Co., Inc. has been named Chairman of the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association, Inc. (the American Club). The Club, established in New York in 1917, is a member of the International Group of Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Clubs, a collective of 13 mutuals, which together provide P&I insurance for some 90% of all world shipping. In addition to Mr. Witte’s duties with Donjon and the American Club, Mr. Witte Sr. is a Past President of the American Salvage Association (ASA), as well as a Past President and current Vice President of the International Salvage Union (ISU).

Global Spill Response Contract Sparks Interest

Image: ISCO (International Spill Control Organization)

The ISCO-BIMCO spill response contract was well received at the ACI Maritime Salvage and Casualty Response Conference that took place in London last week. The contract is still under development, but is expected to be published towards the end of this year. Grant Hunter, BIMCO’s Chief Officer Legal and Contractual Affairs, who spoke at the conference said:“There was an encouraging level of interest from the conference participants in the new spill contract and its aims and objectives.

Noble Joins ISU as Development Adviser

John Noble has been appointed Development Adviser to the International Salvage Union. He took up his appointment on April 2.Noble is a Master Mariner, served 13 years at sea and spent two years in the late 1970s with the P&I Club. He joined Murray Fenton in 1980 and subsequently attended over 60 casualties, specialising in cases involving salvage, pollution and wreck removal. He became Chief Executive of The Salvage Association in 2001. Over the past two years, he has carried out assignments for BMT, who acquired Murray Fenton in 1999.

ISU Criticizes Detention of Pappas

The International Salvage Union (ISU) has issued a statement criticizing the decision of a Pakistani Court, taken late in October, to continue the detention of Nicholas Pappas, the salvage master involved in the Tasman Spirit operation. According to the ISU, the attitude of the Pakistani authorities in the Tasman Spirit case has been unhelpful and, in some cases, obstructive. The salvage team put in every effort to minimize pollution damage while recovering 38,000 tons of oil says the salvage union. In return, the authorities have placed restrictions on the movement of salvage vessels and equipment and now refuse to return the Salvage Master’s passport. The court refused to allow Pappas to return to Greece to attend a family funeral.

Titan’s Singapore Salvage Facility Opens

Stephen Wood, Salvage Master; Phil Reed, Director of Salvage & Engineering; Todd Bush, Crowley Sr. VP and ISU's newly elected President; Amit Wahi, - Commercial Manager; Dan Schwall, Managing Director; Mark Hoddinott, Managing Director, Europe. (Photo courtesy Piet Sinke.)

Titan Salvage introduced more than 200 guests to its newest salvage response facility in western Singapore on Oct. 16. The reception celebrated the opening of the 45,000 sq ft, self-contained facility, which will serve as Titan's corporate office in the region. The complex features a fully equipped workshop to service and repair Titan's extensive inventory of salvage equipment, a dedicated diving equipment workshop and specialized storage and equipment handling space. The new…

TITAN Appoints Hoddinott and Ives

TITAN Salvage has appointed Mark Hoddinott to global director, marketing and strategy, responsible for developing, delivering and managing the company's strategic marketing and business development plans. He will operate out of Titan's UK facility at Newhaven, East Sussex, and will report to Rich Habib, TITAN's vice president. Hoddinott, who will continue his role on the senior management team, will work closely with TITAN's commercial division. Additionally, TITAN's Neil Ives has been appointed operations manager, Europe.

Companies Bond Together To Form Salvage Association

Responding to the need for a presence and to assist in the professionalization of the U.S. marine salvage and firefighting response, nine U.S. salvors have joined together to form the American Salvage Association (ASA). The initial group has participated in a vast amount of all of the significant salvage and wreck removal cases that have occurred over the last 10 years in the U.S. The Association's current membership is comprised of: Bisso Marine; Crowley Marine Services; Donjon Marine Co.; Marine Pollution Control; Resolve Marine Group; Titan Maritime Industries; Weeks Marine; Smit Americas; and T&T Marine Salvage. Membership is currently open to any U.S. salvage contractors who are committed to the present and future state of their industry. At the Association's premiere meeting, J.

The International Salvage Union Weighs In

Current issues in marine salvage: the ISU perspective. There have undoubtedly been great improvements in ship and operational safety in the past decades. SOLAS, the international Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, has been in force for more than 30 years and has played a large part reducing the incidence of marine casualty. But accidents and incidents cannot be entirely eradicated and the potential for marine casualty – and pollution – remains present in all territories.

ISU Plan for Faster Response to Marine Emergencies

Concern for the marine environment will ensure that salvors and governments will continue to develop closer links, Joop Timmermans, President of the International Salvage Union (ISU) said today (December 5). Speaking at the Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference in London, the ISU President said: “New opportunities are opening up for cooperation with governments. One option is a new approach to providing information on salvage vessels, equipment and other resources available, locally and nationally, to confront a marine emergency. Obviously, National Response Plans include salvage-related information. Salvors could do more, however, to ensure that – as a minimum – all national plans hold comprehensive and up-to-date information on salvage resources.

TITAN Organizational Changes: Hoddinott, Neil

TITAN Salvage appointed Mark Hoddinott to global director, marketing and strategy, responsible for developing, delivering and managing the company's strategic marketing and business development plans. He will operate out of Titan's United Kingdom (UK) facility at Newhaven, East Sussex, and will report to Rich Habib, TITAN's vice president. Hoddinott, who will continue his role on the senior management team, will work closely with TITAN's commercial division. Additionally, TITAN's Neil Ives has been appointed operations manager, Europe. Ives' responsibilities include managing the sales and marketing efforts for the region, pursuing new business, drafting proposals and contracts, supporting the salvage warehouse and operations and overseeing the administrative requirements in the UK office.

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. The much welcomed not-for–profit event with its“arranged by the industry for the industry” feature remains and already, sponsorship response has been well beyond expectations. LOC Group (LOC), the leading international maritime consultancy group…

ASA, ISU Exchange Affiliate Memberships

The American Salvage Association (ASA) has been accepted as an Affiliate Member of the International Salvage Union (ISU). In turn, the ISU has been accepted by the ASA as an Affiliate Member as well. While operating on different continents, the ASA and the ISU have virtually the same mission and engage in similar activities. Those include professionalizing the marine salvage industry, protecting the sensitive marine environment, identifying places of refuge, and developing industry Safety Standards. One of the ISU’s primary objectives is to foster a wider understanding of the salvage industry’s contribution to environmental protection and the recovery of property.

Timmerman Elected ISU President

Joop Timmermans was elected President of the International Salvage Union at the ISU’s September Annual Meeting in Quebec. Joop Timmermans, managing director of the Dutch towage, salvage and heavy lift company I.T.C. (International Transport Contractors), succeeds Jean Labescat, of the French Les Abeilles. Joop is a master mariner by profession. He commenced his seagoing career in 1962 with Nederland Line (Royal Dutch Mail) of Amsterdam, which later merged with NedLloyd Lines. He obtained his Master's License in the early 1970s. In 1975, Joop joined I.T.C. as a Marine Superintendent. He became Manager of the Commercial Department four years later and Vice-President in 1983. In 1991, he moved to Fairmount Marine of Rotterdam as Managing Director, a position he held for six years.

Witte Joins Noble Maritime Collection Board

Donjon Marine, Co., Inc. announced that President and CEO J. Arnold Witte has joined the Board of Trustees of the Noble Maritime Collection, a museum and study center located in a former dormitory at the famous retirement home for mariners, Sailors' Snug Harbor in Staten Island, N.Y. The museum celebrates the people and traditions of the working waterfront. Witte was named to the Board, along with Shelagh E. Mahoney, President of the Eastern Salt Company, and Captain Timothy J. Ferrie, a 30-year member and full branch pilot of the United New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Association. The announcement was made by James J. Devine, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Noble Maritime Collection and President of New York Container Terminal.

Donjon Names Noble as UK MD

John Noble, Managing Director - Donjon UK

Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., a provider of multi-faceted marine services including marine salvage, heavy lift, dredging, emergency response services and most recently shipbuilding and repair, has named John Noble as Managing Director - Donjon UK. Mr. Noble has worked in commercial shipping since 1962 when he joined HMS Conway, the preeminent pre-sea training school in the United Kingdom. He served as a deck officer in the British Merchant Marine sailing with shipping lines including Blue Funnel and Palm Line. After obtaining his Master Mariners certificate, Mr.

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