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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. Asoluka, a former Chairman of Oil and Gas Free Zone Authority (OGFZA), noted that the efforts of the Dr. Dakuku Peterside led Management of NIMASA to reposition the maritime sector is a development long overdue. He was of the view that the Agency’s initiative which is reported to have commenced should be pursued vigorously…

Wreck Removal Costs More Nowadays

Insurers, Lloyd's of London, say in a new report that the cost of dealing with shipwrecks is rising as ships grow in size. The report, 'The challenges and implications of removing shipwrecks in the 21st century', warns that the cost of dealing with shipwrecks is spiralling and the increase in removal cost is often passed to insurers, reinsurers and ship owners. Recent examples of expensive wreck removals include the container ship Rena which sank off New Zealand in 2011. So far, that removal has cost USD240m while the highly complex work to take away the ill-fated cruise ship Costa Concordia is still underway. Lloyd's says that the total cost of the top 20 most expensive wreck removals in the past decade is USD2.1bn and rising.

Inland Salvage to Remove Capsized Barge

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.

Inland Salvage to Remove Capsized 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. was notified by the vessel's assured and underwriters that ISI had been appointed as the salvor.

Salvage Conference Set for November

The 2005 National Maritime Salvage Conference, sponsored by the American Salvage Association (ASA), is scheduled to take place November 1-3, 2005 in New Orleans, LA. The first day, Tuesday, November 1, will offer a training seminar focusing on marine salvage, wreck removal, and harbor clearance operations as they relate to port security. The conference program for Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 3, 2005 will include a discussion of Maritime Security, Wreck Removal, Harbor Clearance, Firefighting Contracting, U.S. Salvage Regulations and the International View of the Salvage Industry, Incident Command Structure (ICS), Responder Immunity, Salvage and the Environment, Places of Refuge, Training and Safety, and more.

Wrecked LPG Freighter Removed from Taiwan Strait

Photo: the wreck removal of  the freighter LPG OBERON  from the Taiwan Strait.

Following four months  of challenging operations and weather delays, RESOLVE Salvage & Fire, (ASIA) Pte Ltd. has announced completion of the wreck removal of  the freighter LPG OBERON  from the Taiwan Strait. The Oberon, loaded with volatile Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) 1- Butene,  had grounded and sustained extensive hull damage early this year, seven miles from the Penghu archipelago and 30 miles northwest of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. RESOLVE’s salvage plan was favored by the owners and underwriters because the wreck removal proposal included the task of first removing the hazardous LPG cargo…

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 Removal Convention, which provides the legal basis for States to remove, or have removed, shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of navigation, the marine environment as well as the coastline or related interests. The treaty also…

How to Legally Remove a Hazardous Wreck

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

What is the legal basis for removing a hazardous wreck at sea? Who bears the liability? These and many other wreck removal questions were addressed by IMO’s Jan de Boer at the ACI’s Maritime Salvage & Casualty Response conference in London (13-14 September). Speaking to a wide variety of stakeholders (Participants from salvage companies, tug & towage companies, authorities, ship owners, ship managers, P&I clubs, maritime lawyers and consultants) concerned with wreck removal, Mr.

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, shipwrecks that may threaten the safety of lives, goods and property at sea, as well as the marine environment. IMO’s Jan De Boer outlined the Convention’s key provisions in a session on “Operating within guidelines, conventions and authorities’ requirements” at the 19th Salvage & Wreck Removal Conference (7-9 December).

Costa Condordia Salvage Update

'Parbuckling' Operations: Photo courtesy of Costa Crociere

Costa Crociere & Titan-Micoperi representatives to present a progress report to the authorities for evaluation of the 'parbuckling project' & gain approval for wreck removal operations to commence in September 2013. The report will be presented to the Commissioner for the Concordia Emergency Franco Gabrielli, the Observatory for Concordia Removal and the Mayor of Giglio at Civil Protection headquarters in Rome. Once the parbuckling is completed, it will be essential to assess the conditions of the wreck and evaluate any technical adjustments required…

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. The new convention defines a wreck-related hazard as a “danger or impediment to navigation” or a condition or threat that “may reasonably be expected to result in major harmful consequences to the marine environment…

New Website Focuses on Tricolor Salvage

WWW.TRICOLORSALVAGE.COM, a website that provides information on the development, background and progress of the remarkable wreck removal operation of the Tricolor, one of the biggest wrecks ever to be removed. A consortium consisting of SMIT Salvage B.V., Scaldis Salvage & Marine Contractors N.V., URS Salvage & Maritime Contracting N.V. and Multraship Salvage B.V. Apart from being a reliable source of information for the press, the purpose of the website is to inform interested parties about the challenging wreck removal operation in the English Channel. The CBT will use a specially designed wire cutting system to divide the wreck into nine sections. Thereafter, each section will be lifted out of the water and placed onto pontoon barges for transport to Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Limitless Salvage

Dennis Bryant

Whether driven by treasure hunting or environmental protection, the days of forgotten wrecks, even at great depths, is past. It seems like every month we see reports of long-lost maritime wrecks being discovered on the ocean bottom and treasures being salvaged from great depths. We also hear regularly of oil being recovered from sunken wrecks. There is now no practical limit to the ability to recover objects from the sea floor, regardless of depth, currents, weather, or other obstacles. The only existing obstacle seems to be financing - and costs are decreasing regularly.

Titan - Schwall VP, Reed General Manager

Titan Salvage, Crowley Maritime Corporation's salvage and wreck removal company, announced that Dan Schwall has been promoted to vice president and Phil Reed has been promoted to general manager, salvage and engineering. Both promotions become effective January 1, 2009 and both Schwall and Reed will be domiciled at the Pompano Beach, Fla. headquarters. Schwall will report directly to Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley's technical services group. In…

'Rena' Wreck Removal Planned

'Rena': Photo credit MNZ

A total of 940 containers from Rena have now been processed ashore. The owners and insurers of Rena have issued a tender for the next stages of the operation, which will now shift to wreck removal. While this process is underway, Braemar/Unimar has taken an expanded role of monitoring the wreck site. MNZ’s role, of overseeing the salvage and container/debris recovery operations, remains the same.

Agreement on Wreck Removal MV Flinterstar

Photos courtesy of SCALDIS

Flinterstar III BV, the owner of the Dutch freighter MV Flinterstar, has entered into a contract with a consortium of Belgian marine contractors to remove the wreck of the vessel which sank in the North Sea off the coast of Zeebrugge following a collision last October. The consortium will be headed by SCALDIS, a joint company of DEME, Jan De Nul and Herbosch-Kiere. Bart Otto, Director of Flinterstar lll BV, said: “Our primary concern has been that the wreck removal operation should be undertaken in the safest and most environmentally sensitive manner possible.

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)

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 2016. Ardentia has been the emergency response and underwater services provider for the Spanish Coast Guard since 2009, and has intervened in nearly 100 operations with marine casualty control, fuel and bunker removal, refloating and wreck removal. The company maintains a strong presence in Spain and Portugal.

Donjon Completes Ferry Boat Removal

Donjon Marine Co., Inc. was awarded a contract to perform a wreck removal of a former NY City Ferry Boat which had sunk on the banks of the Kill Van Kull in Bayonne, NJ, in June. The vessel sank during efforts to remove the deckhouse and to convert the vessel to a dock/work platform. At its deepest, the vessel was in approximately 40 feet of water. The work was completed by the “chopper beam” method of wreck removal, which Donjon has used on hundreds of similar projects where the lack of watertight integrity prohibits a refloating effort. Donjon’s 200-ton capacity derrick barge Farrell 256 was employed to perform the work, which was completed in approximately 30 workdays, in late July 2005.

TITAN Salvage’s New Facility in Singapore

TITAN Salvage has enhanced its marine emergency response and wreck removal capabilities in the Far East with the consolidation of its Southeast Asia operating facilities in Singapore. TITAN personnel in Singapore began moving into the new complex - a modern, self-contained 45,000 square foot site to the west of the city - last month. The new site offers ample warehouse, office and storage areas; provides better facilities for the storage, repair and maintenance of the extensive stock of specialized salvage equipment, and allows for more rapid emergency response in the region. The new address is: 8 Tuas Avenue 12, Singapore 639029, and the 24-hour phone number is: +65-63187828.

Donjon Continues Work in Gibraltar

Donjon Marine continues work on a contract awarded on March 24, 2009 for the wreck removal and disposal of the remnants of the M/V Fedra, which grounded and partially sank during a storm in October. On May 25, 2009, Donjon commenced site operations and with support from local subcontractors, performed vessel remediation as well as pre-cutting portions of the remaining deck house, stack and decking in preparation of the arrival of Donjon’s main wreck removal flotilla and salvage crew.

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. Coppes brings two decades of salvage and offshore experience to the organization, having managed an extensive number of salvage, wreck removal, and offshore projects across the globe. “In my role as president of Mammoet Salvage Americas, I worked with Global extensively over the last 10 years,” Coppes said.

MSC Napoli Salvage Operation Finished

Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of States Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP) officially declared an end to the salvage and wreck removal operations of the MSC Napoli on Thursday 29th July 2009, 924 days after it all began. The MSC Napoli was beached at Branscombe on Saturday 20 January 2007 and since then there have been several salvage and wreck removal phases aimed initially at removing her fuel oil, then her cargo, and ultimately the wreck of the MSC Napoli itself.

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 time incident is a testament to the professionalism of our teams,” said Pietka.

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