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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ardent News

MV Priscilla. File Photo: Hm Coastguard, THURSO RNLI

MV Priscilla Successfully Re-floated

The cargo ship MV Priscilla was successfully re-floated, said Her Majesty's Coastguard (HM Coastguard), a section of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in UK.Following an initial assessment it was agreed she was in safe condition to be towed to Scapa Flow, Orkney Isles.The vessel will arrive tomorrow morning and will go to safe anchorage where a further assessment, including an underwater dive inspection, will be carried out.The ship with six crew on board ran aground on the Pentland…

MV Priscilla. Photo: Hm Coastguard, THURSO RNLI

Consortium Appointed to Refloat ‘MV Priscilla’

A consortium of salvage companies have been appointed by the owners of the MV Priscilla, a cargo ship that ran aground off Caithness.The consortium, Multraship/Ardent/Wagenborg, have begun deploying equipment to the site on the Pentland Skerries.It is expected that an outline salvage plan will be prepared for discussion between key stakeholders and the Acting SOSRep, Hugh Shaw for approval. A Salvage Control Unit (SCU) will then be established near the incident.Acting SOSRep Hugh…

Ardent, Vernicos, EPE have combined forces to form a partnership for future operations within Eastern Mediterranean and the adjacent waters Photo Ardent Global

Ardent, Vernicos, EPE Partner

Ardent, Vernicos Tugs and Salvage, a Greek-based tug & salvage service provider and Environmental Protection Engineering (EPE) a Greek-based Oil Spill Response provider, have formally partnered for future operations within Eastern Mediterranean and the adjacent waters. The three companies signed a cooperation agreement on 20th March 2018 to closely work together on future opportunities and at the same time retain their own corporate identities. Ardent, announces the formation of a partnership with Vernicos Tugs and Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (EPE).

Sting and lead sponsor North P&I, at the UK premiere of 'The Last Ship' (L-R Alan Wilson (North P&I Club, Joint Managing Director), Sting, Paul Jennings (North P&I Club, Joint Managing Director), Kaye Jennings, and Richard Bracken (North P&I Club, Group Director (Underwriting)).

North P&I Club Sponsors the UK Premiere of ‘The Last Ship’

North P&I Club sponsored the Northern Stage’s production of ‘The Last Ship’, and support Newcastle’s vibrant culture and maritime connections. ‘The Last Ship’ tells a powerful story of community and social history, centring upon the demise of Tyne and Wear’s shipbuilding industry and the impact it had upon the people of the North East. It is Sting’s personal, political, and ardent musical, and has returned to the singer’s home town of Newcastle before embarking on a tour of towns and cities around the UK.

(Photo: Indian Coast Guard)

Remains of Three Crew Found on Maersk Honam

Maersk said the remains of three of four missing crew members have been found aboard the Maersk Honam after a fire broke out in one of the vessel’s cargo holds last week. The search for the fourth crew member continues on board, though the search at sea has been suspended. “Given the time passed and the severe fire damages of the vessel we must conclude by now that we have lost all four colleagues who have been missing since the fire onboard Maersk Honam which began on March 6. All four families of our deceased colleagues have been informed,” Maersk said.

Bas Michiels, Director Asia, Ardent and Ignatius Francis Danakody, Managing Director, SSE. Photo: Ardent

Ardent and Singapore Salvage Engineers Join Forces for Emergency Response

Maritime services provider Ardent and Singapore Salvage Engineers (SSE) have joined forces for future operations within Singapore and adjacent waters. The two companies signed a cooperation agreement on the 19th of January 2018 to closely work together on future opportunities and at the same time retain their own corporate identities. “Through SSE’s strong background within the immediate region of Singapore and adjacent waters in combination with the diversity of resources they operate…

Todd Busch (Photo: Sea Machines)

Crowley’s Busch Joins Sea Machines’ Board

Todd Busch, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Technical Services, at Crowley Maritime, has joined Sea Machines Robotics’ board of directors. The Boston-based Sea Machines is building autonomous control technology for commercial vessels. Busch, who joined Crowley in 1987 as an ordinary seaman, is currently responsible for naval architecture and marine engineering, government services, ship management, marine salvage and wreck removal, new-vessel construction and the chartering and operations of Crowley’s offshore tug and barge fleet.

The Map Ta Phut Tank Terminal Company (MTT) signed an official preparedness framework agreement with Ardent. Ffrom left: Polshom Chan-urai, Managing Director from MTT; Bas Michiels, Ardent’s Asia Commercial Director; and Oliver Timofei, Ardent’s Director of Emergency Management. (Photo: Ardent)

Thailand’s MTT Arranges Emergency Response Framework

The Map Ta Phut Tank Terminal Company (MTT) has signed an official preparedness framework agreement with Ardent. The deal is the first of its kind in Thailand and is specifically structured to mitigate risk by pre-staging response elements and training Thai-based terminal operators to work with emergency management elements. MTT is a commercial port and storage terminal dedicated for liquid and gaseous petrochemical products. MTT terminal, comprising of four marine jetties and 33 storage tanks, is able to support more than 20 varieties of petrochemical products.

David Doig (Photo: OPITO)

Obituary: David Doig, Chief Executive of OPITO

OPITO, a global oil and gas industry skills, standards and workforce development organization, is deeply saddened to confirm the death of its chief executive David Doig. Mr Doig, 57, who was based in Dubai, suffered a heart attack on December 31st and later passed away peacefully in hospital in Fife, Scotland. John Taylor, chairman of OPITO, said: “David was a vocal champion of OPITO, a much-respected industry leader, a firm advocate of social responsibility; and a trusted colleague and friend to many.

CARIBBEAN FANTASY MOORED IN SAN JUAN HARBOR PHOTO USCG

Fire on Caribbean Fantasy Extinguished

The Puerto Rico Fire Department extinguished the fire on the passenger vessel ferry Caribbean Fantasy using 3,000 gallons of seawater from the San Juan Harbor around 6 p.m. Saturday. The Unified Command is establishing mechanical ventilation to circulate air through the vessel. A marine chemist will certify that the vessel is safe for access by salvage crews to facilitate overhaul of the vessel, removal of cargo and continuing salvage operations. The Coast Guard maintains a 100-yard safety zone around the vessel.

Helen Delich Bentley Photo AAPA

AAPA Mourns Loss of Helen Delich Bentley

In tribute to the life and many contributions of Helen Delich Bentley, who died on Aug. “This past weekend, the port and maritime industry lost one of its most ardent supporters with the passing of Helen Delich Bentley on Aug. 6. Though best remembered by many for her work as a journalist, Federal Maritime Commission chairman and U.S. representative in Congress, we at AAPA acknowledge her strong advocacy for ports, particularly the Port of Baltimore. In the first renaming of a U.S. port in honor of a living individual, Maryland Gov. Robert L. Erlich, Jr., named the port after Mrs.

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

Ardent in for Major Expansion in India

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 is also responding to the recent initiatives of the Indian Shipping Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari, who is focused strongly on setting up new ports, augment capacity of existing ports, develop coastal shipping, passenger ferry services…

Peter Pietka (Photo: Ardent)

Ardent Turns One

In May, 2015, Svitzer Salvage, a part of the Maersk Group, and Titan Salvage, under the Crowley Group, merged to form Ardent. Now the salvage industry’s “new kid on the block” celebrates its first birthday. The merger, which fused Svitzer Salvage’s strengths in emergency preparedness and response with Titan’s large project specialization, has developed a more robust service offering for the worldwide salvage industry. Ardent has become a leading services company with an extensive network, offering innovative solutions to the shipping and offshore industries.

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

Ardent Earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification

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, and Diving Services by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. The ISO 9001: 2015 sets criteria for a quality management system, and evaluates organizations with their management approaches and customer focus. “I am very satisfied, and proud that we accomplished this in such a short time.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivers the 2016 State of the Coast Guard Address (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

Zukunft Lauds Largest Ever Acquisition Budget

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivered the 2016 State of the Coast Guard Address at U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium Tuesday. This was Adm. Zukunft’s second State of the Coast Guard Address and he welcomed the opportunity to recognize Service accomplishments, reinforce his strategic intent and provide direction for the coming year. "Now, on behalf of the 88,000 women and men of the Coast Guard, I profoundly thank the 114th Congress and this Administration for delivering an authorization bill along with the largest acquisition budget in Coast Guard history…

(l to r) Capt Kalia with DGS Deepak Shetty Photo OSI

"Oil Spill India 2016" set for Launch in Mumbai in August

The 4th Edition of Oil Spill India (OSI) 2016 is all set to be launched at the JW Marriot Sahar, Mumbai. Keeping with the current trend and the government policy of "Make in India" the theme selected for this two-day event scheduled for 11th and 12th August 2016 is "Commitment, Synergy, Excellence. For the first time Mumbai will play host to this unique major event “OSI 2016”, whereas the first three editions had been successfully hosted in GOA. In year 2011, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC)…

Immediate Past-President Paul Hankins congratulates new ASA President Todd Schauer (Photo: ASA)

American Salvage Association Names New Officers

The American Salvage Association (ASA) has elected a new slate of officers at its fall meeting on September 21 in Stamford, Conn. Todd Schauer, Resolve Marine Group was elected President, succeeding Paul Hankins, Donjon Marine Co., Inc., who served as President from 2013-2015. Jim Elliott, T&T Marine Salvage, Inc., was elected Vice President, and David DeVilbiss, Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., was named Secretary/Treasurer. In addition, James Calhoun (T&T Salvage, Inc.), Samina Mahmood (Ardent)…

New Salvage Joint Venture in Africa

As part of the next step in creating its global marine services network, Ardent, the newly created company between Svitzer and Crowley, is launching a joint venture with Southern African diving and marine services company, Subtech. Subtech brings a Sub-Saharan African presence through an infrastructure network with facilities and activities that cover both East and West Africa in additional to its home territory of South Africa. Subtech’s experienced marine and subsea personnel…

Tom Godfrey (Photo: SCA)

Shipbuilders Council of America Appoints Chairman

The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA), the national trade association representing the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry, has announced that Tom Godfrey, President and CEO of Colonna’s Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Joining Godfrey as SCA’s new Vice Chairman is Richard McCreary, Vice President and General Manager at BAE Systems. “Tom Godfrey and Richard McCreary are a strong match to lead SCA’s members in continuing to support our nation’s robust shipbuilding and repair industry,” said outgoing SCA chairman Frank Foti.

Escort Towage, Milford Haven, UK. Photo by Svitzer

Titan, Svitzer Merger Creates Global Salvage Giant

Svitzer, salvage division of AP Moller-Maersk and Titan Salvage, a division of Crowley Maritime Corp are merging their salvage operations to create a new market leader. In this US in shipping’s latest consolidation move, Svitzer is joining forces with Titan Salvage under a new brand called Ardent. Ardent will collaborate Svitzer Salvage’s worldwide network of tugs and emergency response experts combining with Titan’s experience in the wreck-removal business. Peter Pietka, the chief executive of Svitzer…

AAPA President & CEO Kurt Nagle

Boxer, Shuster to be AAPA’s 2014 ‘Port Persons of Year’

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster  (R-PA) have been jointly selected to receive the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2014 “Port Person of the Year” award. The bi-partisan nomination for AAPA’s most prestigious annual award was submitted by the California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA). Marking its 102nd year as the Western Hemisphere’s leading trade association representing port authorities, AAPA selected Sen. Boxer and Cong. Shuster based on their dedication to improving America’s water resources…

Congressman Ed Whitfield (left) U.S. Senator Bob Casey

Casey, Whitfield Granted WCI Leadership Service Awards

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) will receive the 13th Annual Waterways Council, Inc. Leadership Service Awards on Wednesday evening, February 12, 2014 at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C. Senator Casey has served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Senate since 2007. He is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth. He also serves on the Senate Committees on Health…

U.S. Representative Ted Poe (R-TX)

AAPA to Honor Hahn, Poe

U.S. Reps Janice Hahn & Ted Poe to Accept AAPA’s ‘Port Person of Year’ Award at March 19 Event in D.C.; AAPA’s 2013 ‘Spring Conference’ to focus on key seaport priorities: infrastructure, security, trade. U.S. Representatives Janice Hahn (D-CA) and Ted Poe (R-TX) will be honored on March 19 as the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2013 “Port Persons of the Year” during the association’s annual Spring Conference event, March 18-19, at The Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel.

This Day in Coast Guard History – Nov. 13

1883-At 1 o’clock in the afternoon, the sloop Madge Schults , capsized as she was passing in through Rockaway Inlet, about half a mile distant from the Rockaway Point Station (Third District). The man clung to the bottom of his craft and made signals for help. They were quickly seen by the lookout at the station and the life-saving crew went off in their boat. He was taken from the water and landed on Barren Island. 1944-The Coast Guard-manned frigate USS Rockford, in concert with the Navy minesweeper USS Ardent…