Salvagers Recover Two Bodies from Burning Tanker Sanchi
A Chinese salvage team recovered two bodies on Saturday from a stricken Iranian oil tanker, that was still blazing a week after it caught fire and was left adrift following a collision in the East China Sea, state news agency Xinhua reported. The four members of the salvage team wore respirators to board the “Sanchi”, where they found the two bodies on the deck. They tried to get to the living quarters but were driven back by temperatures on the burning ship of around 89 Celsius (192 Fahrenheit), Xinhua said.
Stricken Tanker Sinks, Leaves Large Slick in East China Sea
Two bodies, black box recovered from tanker before sinking; Iran says remaining 29 crew, passengers presumed dead. A stricken Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem. The tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) had been adrift and ablaze after crashing into the freighter CF Crystal (IMO:9497050) on Jan.
Iranian Tanker Produces 2 Slicks in East China Sea
An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said, as maritime police scoured for damage and prepared to explore the wreck. Satellite imaging showed a slick of 69 square km (26.6 square miles) and a second 40 square km (15.4 square miles) slick, which is less thick and not as concentrated, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said in a statement late on Tuesday. The large tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) sank in the worst oil ship disaster in decades on Sunday…
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.
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.
Tug Newbuild Delivered to De Boer
On January 9, Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld delivered an ASD Tug 2310 SD (shallow draught), named Papillon, to De Boer Remorquage SARL, a subsidiary company of Dutch Dredging (Baggerbedrijf De Boer) and Iskes Towage & Salvage. Damen has customized the ASD for a 12-year contract with Grand Port Maritime de Guyane in the ports of Cayenne and Kourou in French Guiana. The tug’s primary function will be the assistance of vessels entering and leaving the ports. She can also provide emergency assistance, such as fire-fighting, survey activities and small transports.
Navy Taps Donjon for Salvage Services
Donjon Marine Co., Inc. has been awarded a $41 million-dollar, ceiling-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-award-fee contract for marine salvage, salvage-related towing, harbor clearance, ocean engineering and point-to-point towing services to support the U.S. Navy’s Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving. In addition to the salvage component of this services agreement, Donjon was also awarded a contract to supply the U.S. Navy with Engineering Support Services on a worldwide basis. These contracts were competitively procured, with the Naval Sea Systems Command reviewing all submitted proposals. “Donjon is very pleased to continue to partner with the U.S. Navy as its commercial marine salvage and engineering support contractor,” said J.
Marine Firefighting Service Alliance Formed
Industrial Emergency Services, LLC Forms an alliance with SVITZER Salvage to provide marine firefighting services in the Americas. Industrial Emergency Services, and SVITZER Salvage Americas announce that they have entered into an alliance to provide marine firefighting services as part of the continued SVITZER Salvage effort to expand its capabilities throughout North and South America. The contract includes efforts by both companies to implement a dedicated plan for the US / OPA 90 Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting requirements…
Salvage: Time is of the Essence
By Richard B. A riddle: How many years, and how many Administrations does it take for an esteemed U.S. government agency to publish regulations that have likely already been written? The answer is 13 years and five Admirals. Thirteen surely is an unlucky number for the professional marine salvage industry in the United States, for it has, indeed, taken this many years for the United States Coast Guard to publish its proposed salvage regulations (to amend 33 CFR Part 155, Salvage & Marine Firefighting Requirements), which, after all this time, have once again been postponed for three more years. The future of these proposed regulations is as difficult to predict as the weather. The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 was the legislative response to a major shipping casualty within our borders.
Resolve Expands European Presence
Resolve Salvage & Fire (Europe), Ltd., the European emergency response subsidiary of U.S.- based Resolve Marine Group, Inc., has added a new office at 23, Austin Friars, London, expanding the company’s U.K. operations base. The 34-year-old marine salvage, emergency response and wreck removal company has been steadily expanding, both geographically and in its service offerings for the international maritime industry. Joining the new London office is Daniel Dettor, a Commercial Manager formerly based at Resolve’s corporate headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Resolve Managerial Appointments
Resolve Marine Group of Fort Lauderdale, one of the US’ major Marine Emergency Response, Salvage and Fire Fighting experts, is to develop its expertise on a more global basis and has recruited a number of key personnel into its company to achieve this aim. Bob Umbdenstock, marine industry executive and consultant with international management experience in heavy salvage, wreck removal and environmental protection, has joined the company to develop and market the emergency response capabilities Resolve offers to ship owners and managers wishing to comply with statutory planning requirements…
Bisso Marine Salvages Buried Crane
Bisso Marine recently mobilized a salvage team, the salvage support barge C/B BIG EAGLE and the 700 ton capacity D/B Cappy Bisso to salvage a crawler crane which had fallen into the Atchafalaya River in Berwick, La. The crane, which weighed approximately 100 tons, was knocked into the river upon contact with the HWY 90 Bridge in 2005. At the salvage location the water was 30 ft. deep, but in the two years since the collision, the crane had settled to approximately 25 feet below the river bottom.
ASA Names New 2013-2015 Officers
Paul Hankins, Vice President for Salvage Operations at Donjon Marine Co., Inc., was elected President, succeeding Tim Beaver, Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., who served as President from 2011-2013. Jim Elliott, T&T Marine Salvage, Inc., was named Secretary/Treasurer. Paul Hankins has over 30 years’ experience in the marine industry after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981 with a Bachelors of Science in Naval Architecture and from George Washington University in 1991 with a Master’s degree in Environmental Management.
Salvage and Marine Firefighting
Salvage and marine firefighting are complex response efforts often undertaken in adverse weather and sea conditions. While no two oil spill responses are the same, the diversity of variation between any two oil spill responses is not near as great as the diversity of any two salvage and marine firefighting responses. As a result, salvage and marine firefighting response providers must plan for and anticipate a wide range of variation in what will be required to address their portion of a marine casualty. The U.S.
Marine Casualty Response: Salvage Engineering is Now Available
Marine Casualty Response: Salvage Engineering (MCR:SE) is the definitive reference handbook on commercial marine salvage. Co-authored by JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers and the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE), MCR:SE is a 710 page, hardbound book based on the US Navy Salvage Engineer's Handbook, also written by JMS. It is the one-stop shop for naval architects, marine engineers, port engineers, ship captains, chief engineers, salvage foremen, tug operators and ship owner/operators. MCR:SE contains comprehensive appendices, engineer's tables, detailed examples, and enough technical information to make it an indispensable, practical manual for engineers and operators alike.
T&T Bisso Wins Salvage Contract
The alliance between T&T MARINE SALVAGE of Galveston, TX, and BISSO MARINE, of New Orleans, LA, known as T&T BISSO, LLC has been awarded a contract to salvage two hopper barges which are presently sunk in the Mississippi River at mile 297 AHP LMR near Angola, LA. The alliance which recently participated in the emergency response effort to rescue the disabled BP THUNDERHORSE semi submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico has again pooled equipment and resources to support the salvage of the hopper barges. T&T MARINE SALVAGE mobilized the D/B JOSIE T and BISSO MARINE mobilized the D/B AJAX and the C/B BIG EAGLE to the location last week, following the removal of the cargo, the barges will be raised and returned to the owner. The salvage operation is expected to take a few weeks.
Resolve Refloats Cruise Ship in Northwest Passage
Resolve Marine Group refloated the Clipper Adventurer cruise ship recently. The vessel had run aground on rocks in Coronation Gulf, in Canada's Northwest Passage on Friday, August 27. The Resolve salvage team deployed four tugs at high tide, to free the stranded vessel. The Clipper had sustained several breeches to the hull when it ran aground the rocks last month, with passengers onboard. The Canadian Coast Guard evacuated the passengers without incident before the salvage operations began.
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…
MRA Salvage & Firefighting Contract Approval
Marine Response Alliance, LLC (MRA) has received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard of its Salvage and Marine Firefighting Contract and Funding Agreement. The Coast Guard’s all-inclusive acceptance of the contract means that MRA has the ability fully contract with plan holders needing salvage and marine firefighting services required under the OPA-90 sanctioned Salvage and Marine Firefighting Final Rule, which takes effect on February 22, 2011. MRA is a U.S. based emergency response partnership comprised of Crowley Marine Services, Marine Pollution Control, TITAN Salvage, and Marine Hazard Response (a joint venture of Wild Well Control and Williams Fire & Hazard Control).
Inland Salvage Becomes a General Member of ASA
Inland Salvage Inc. (ISI) was recently voted in as a General Member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) during the 2011 National Maritime Salvage Conference and Exposition in Arlington, VA. Inland Salvage Inc.'s CEO, Mr. Eli Zatezalo stated; "It is a great honor to be voted in as a General Member of such an elite organization as the American Salvage Association. We have invested heavily in our salvage assets, dive assets, support equipment and I believe we have some of the most experienced salvage divers and salvage masters in the industry. Our membership will provide Inland Salvage Inc.
Garrido Joins Bisso Marine
Bisso Marine announced that Mauricio Garrido joined the company on October 10, 2008 and is actively serving as Vice-President of Salvage and Emergency Response. Mr. Garrido, who is a graduate of SUNY Maritime College with a B.E. Naval Architecture, has 24 years of worldwide salvage experience and abroad professional expertise. Originally responding as a casualty representative for the Scandinavian marine insurance market; Mr. Garrido was most recently Managing Director of Titan Salvage and is also the current Vice-President of the American Salvage Association. (www.bissomarine.com)
Henzel Joins Bisso Marine
Bisso Marine, a provider of salvage services to the maritime and energy industries, announced the addition of JoAnn Henzel to its Salvage & Emergency Response Team. Henzel, who will serve as a project manager, has 12 years of specialized experience in salvage and wreck removal. Before joining Bisso Marine, Henzel acquired extensive field experience as a logistics coordinator for Titan Salvage of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., handling domestic and international jobs including New Carissa in Oregon…
Titan Establishes Salvage Base in Australia
Titan Salvage continues to expand globally with the recent addition of a new salvage base and depot in Australia. The facility located in Cairns, Queensland is strategically located to respond to marine and environmental disasters threatening the Great Barrier Reef and other marine casualties throughout the Australasia and South West Pacific regions. As part of the expansion, Titan has exclusively partnered with Perrott Salvage of Cairns, a locally based salvage operator, who will serve as Titan's regional representative.