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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Response Services News

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).

Courtesy Subsea 7

Subsea 7 Wins Offshore Azerbaijan Deal

Subsea 7 S.A. announced the award of a contract by BP Exploration for the provision of subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services on both the Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) and Shah Deniz (SD) fields, offshore Azerbaijan. Under the terms of this five year agreement, the scope of work comprises the provision of a Life of Field support vessel complete with work class and observation class ROVs, capable of performing inspection, survey, intervention, light subsea construction, surface diving and emergency response services.

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.

Will Follett Photo Restrata

Restrata, Agility Partnership in Training at REP, Iraq

Restrata, a global leader in consultancy and training services, has partnered with leading logistics provider Agility to offer specialised training for oil and gas sector employees at the Rumaila Energy Park (REP) in southern Iraq. The REP's new training centre will offer a wide range of courses related to health and safety and oil and gas industry operations. All training courses meet international standards, are accredited, and include transportation, catering and security services.

Photo courtesy of MSRC

MSRC CEO to Retire in April 2017

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC), the nation’s leading oil spill response organization, has announced that Steven T. Benz, the company’s President and CEO, will be retiring on April 30, 2017. Tim Plummer, Chair of the MSRC Board of Directors, said “We are thankful to Steve for his many years of strong leadership. During his tenure, he has solidified MSRC as the preeminent spill response organization in the nation, as demonstrated by the critical role MSRC played in the “Deepwater Horizon” response.

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…

Photo: Office of Response and Restoration, NOAA's Ocean Service,  US Govt.

Spill Response Tackled In New Contract

The International Spill Control Organization (ISCO) and BIMCO are working together to develop a standard contract for spill response services. The contract is expected to be published by the end of the year. The Spill Response Services and Equipment Contract is designed for situations where a spill incident occurs and the shipowner or other stakeholder (the “requesting party”) needs to contract for clean-up services, counter pollution measures, and hire of equipment. Terms and…

Photo courtesy of Crowley Marine Services

Alaska Oil Spill Protection: Crowley Bid for Alyeska Deal Unsuccessful

Press Release: Crowley Marine Services will not be providing oil spill prevention and response services in Valdez and Prince William Sound when its contract expires June 30, 2018. Crowley has provided marine services in Prince William Sound since 1990. Despite bidding aggressively for the SERVS contract extension, Crowley was not chosen by Alyeska to retain the entire scope of the current contract. Crowley is fully committed to continued professional service and full compliance as the marine service provider until the end of June 2018, and will be engaged in any transition process.

Photo courtesy of Crowley

Crowley Celebrates Seven Million Man Hours Without LTI

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s tanker escort and docking services group in Valdez is celebrating over seven million man hours and more than six years since logging its last Lost Time Injury (LTI). In addition to this remarkable number, the company announced that it had not had an OSHA recordable case in over two million man hours while performing tanker assist and escort work for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company. In 2015, the company logged over one million man hours while safely escorting 236 tankers through Prince William Sound…

Richard Lovell

Shipping Lawyer, Lovell Joins Reed Smith

Global law firm Reed Smith has announced the arrival of market-leading admiralty and casualty response lawyer, Richard Lovell, as a partner in the firm’s Singapore office. Richard joins Reed Smith from Ince & Co, where he was head of shipping and managing partner of the firm’s Singapore office. Richard has almost 30 years’ experience as an admiralty and marine insurance practitioner in Asia. He joins Reed Smith to head a highly experienced Singapore team of casualty lawyers (including two senior ex-mariners) handling a wide range of marine casualties and offshore oil and gas matters.

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)…

Alan McIntyre (Photo: Stirling Group)

New Man at Helm of O&G Crisis Center in Aberdeen

STIRLING Group, a global provider of health, safety and environmental services to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Alan McIntyre to head up emergency response and crisis management consultancy services in the UK which includes the running of the $394,000 state-of-the-art Incident Management Centre (IMC) in Aberdeen. The IMC provides round the clock support to global companies in the event of an emergency situation, staffed by an extensive pool of specialist responders and client representatives.

Steve Benz, president and CEO, MSRC

Interview: Oil Spill Repsonse Insights from MSRC's Benze: Steven T. Benz, President and CEO, Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC)

As President and CEO of MSRC, Steve Benz presides over the largest oil spill response company in the United States (and worldwide). In that position since January 1996, he has during that tenure, overseen several critical phases in the Company’s evolution. These include a major restructuring in the late 1990s to make it more competitive; growth throughout the 2000-2009 period, including acquisition of several companies; leadership in overseeing MSRC’s role in responding to the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico…

Enhanced Oil Spill Response Services

SERS Partners IEMS for Enhanced Oil Spill Response Services

Dubai-based Swire Emergency Response Services (SERS), a fully owned subsidiary of Swire Pacific Offshore group, announced its partnership with Mediterranean-based International Environmental and Marine Services (IEMS) to jointly provide Tier 2/3 response services to clients in Europe, Africa and the Middle East The partnership was inked on 24 October in Dubai. “We are excited about the collaboration between SERS and IEMS. This partnership will allow both companies to leverage on each other’s expertise and provide a broader range of highly sophisticated…

Photo Credit: Peter Boyce Hunt Design

Fast Repsonse Boat Sports Innovative Volvo Penta Power

Fort Ripley, a new offshore emergency response craft now entering service in Charleston, S.C., is reported to be the first commercial vessel in North America to be powered by triple Volvo Penta IPS drives. Designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates, built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, and owned by Southeast Ocean Response Services Inc., the USCG-certificated 64-ft. aluminum boat, was commissioned today (October 7, 2014) in a ceremony in Charleston. Fort Ripley’s primary mission is to allow ships to meet federal requirements for rapid offshore firefighting…

Arjen Littooij, general director Safety Region Rotterdam Area opened today the very first northwest European Falck-LNG-training facility for liquefied natural gas on the Rotterdam Maasvlakte.

Rotterdam Integrates Safety Research with LNG Training Facility

The Dutch company Falck Risc is becoming the number one expert on LNG safety in Europe. Together with the Unified Fire Department, Falck Risc will draw up guidelines and recommendations for emergency response services in dealing with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). This study is part of the LNG Masterplan Rhine-Main Danube and will be ready at the end of this year. As coordinator for the Rhine Corridor in this European project, Port of Rotterdam Authority is in charge of this research project by Falck Risc.

The Author, Jon Waldron

Marine Salavage: Responder Immunity Benefits a Responsible Party

Putting to rest the fears and misconceptions about what responder immunity means and what it will eventually do. It’s all good. As many in the response industry, and in many cases the marine industry in general appreciate, there has been an extended effort to enact an enhanced responder immunity regime following the lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon incident. It is hard to believe that we only recently observed the fourth anniversary of this unfortunate incident. And…

Salvage & Marine Fire Fighting Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan Regulation Announced

The U.S. Coast Guard has published the long awaited Non-tank Vessel Response Plan (NTVRP) and Other Response Plan regulation in the federal register dated September 30, 2013. Mandatory compliance will be required of all applicable vessels by January 30, 2014. These regulations impact self-propelled non-tank vessels of 400 gross tons or greater that operate in navigable waters of the United States and carry any kind of oil as fuel for main propulsion. The NTVRP requirements for planning of response services are scaled to oil carrying capacity (i.e. risk).

John Curley, Commercial Director

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.

Tankship ERS Capability Guidelines Published

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) clarifies & recommends minimum scope of statutory Emergency Response Services (ERS). According to current regulations oil tankers must have prompt access to computerized, shore-based damage stability and residual structural strength calculation programs. Whilst other vessel types are not currently regulated, the principles outlined in this paper may apply to other vessel types such as gas and chemical tankers. The means by which this access is arranged is not described in the legislation.

John Witte Jr., Executive Vice President of Donjon.

Donjon Marine Supports Navy Hurricane Response

Donjon Marine Co., Inc., a provider of multi-faceted marine services including marine salvage, heavy lift, dredging, related emergency response services, and most recently shipbuilding and repair, was mobilized from its base in Port Newark, New Jersey to provide an emergency pumping capability in response to the devastation resulting from Hurricane Sandy. Donjon holds the U.S. Navy Salvage and Related Services contract for the North Atlantic zone. The U.S. Navy provided support to the stricken region as a result of a request by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Weather Observer: Photo credit BMT Argoss

Java Sea Weather Forecasting Contract for BMT Argoss

BMT Argoss’s expertise will be used to ensure the safe transfer of crews to and from offshore platforms and to optimise operability and minimise risks due to unexpected and unfavourable we
ather conditions during drilling operations. The contract is for two years, with an option to extend for an additional two years. The Java Sea is one of the waters of the East Indian Archipelago, bounded by the island of Borneo to the North, Sulawesi to the West, Java to the South and Sumatra to the East.

New 63-meter oil spill response vessel Donglei 6

"One Call" Offers SPRO Services in Over 160 China Ports

Shanghai Resolve-Shengmin OSRO Company, Ltd. (SRSOC), a  Level 1 Ship Pollution Response Organization (SPRO), has introduced its wide network of Ship Pollution Response Organization (SPRO) partners throughout China. Known as "One Call", the consortium can now arrange China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) certified Level 1 SPRO coverage for ships calling in any coastal port in the People's Republic of China (PRC). Since January 2012, SRSOC has offered statutorily required ship pollution response readiness in Shanghai and most China ports.

John Noble, Managing Director - Donjon UK

Donjon Names Noble as UK MD

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.

J. Reed Ameel

Resolve Adds to New Orleans Team

Naval Architects Matt Bierwagen and J. Reed Ameel Join the Growing Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Group. RESOLVE Engineering Group, LLC has added two Naval Architects to its full-service naval architecture and marine engineering group in New Orleans, LA. Matthew Bierwagen joined RESOLVE from Trinity Yachts, LLC and Trinity Offshore, LLC, Gulfport, MS, where he was Staff Naval Architect. His experience includes shipbuilding, manufacturing, new product design and engineering for both private yachts and commercial vessels. Bierwagen is a graduate of Virginia Tech and holds a B.S.

James Tuppen, Manager, International Well Control Operations

Tuppen Joins Wild Well Control

Wild Well Control, a Superior Energy Services company, announces that James Tuppen has joined the company as Manager, International Well Control Operations. Tuppen has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry involving snubbing services, pressure control and well control operations. “With his strong pressure and well control experience, James will be a great asset to our Middle East/North Africa region and our global operations as well,” said Freddy Gebhardt, President, Wild Well Control.