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Monday, November 19, 2018

Salvage Association News

Nigel Clark (Photo: Solis Marine Consultants)

Solis Marine Consultants Hires Clark

London-based Solis Marine Consultants has announced the appointment of Nigel Clark to its senior management team.Clark, who until recently was Managing Director of Braemar Salvage Association, will assist the Solis management team with the preparation and implementation of a strategic plan for the further expansion of the Group. He brings to the organisation over 30 years of experience within marine consultancy and within the oil and gas sectors. Apart from previously heading up Braemar Salvage Association…

Photo: WQIS

WQIS Offerred American Salvage Association Membership

The Water Quality Insurance Syndicate (WQIS) were accepted as a Corporate Associate member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) in a unanimous decision by their executive committee. The ASA is an association of professional salvors that strives to professionalize, educate and thereby improve marine casualty response. Established in 2000, the ASA endeavors to bring together regulatory authorities, environmental agencies, shipowners and underwriters to ensure open communication and better protect the general public and the environment.

John Walker

Braemar SA Recruits for the Future

Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), announces important new additions to its worldwide team of marine surveyors and consultants, as well as the opening of two new locations. In the New York office, John Walker will be joining Braemar SA as Chief Surveyor, P&I and Legal Services Manager for the Americas, bringing with him experience in marine consultancy at a senior level. Also new to the New York office is Luca Bruga, a naval architect, who will be joining as a Staff Surveyor.

Public Meeting to Address NPREP Guidelines

Maritime industry leaders will convene in Washington, D.C. on June 19 with representatives of the relevant government agencies to have a dialogue addressing concerns with, and ways to improve, the recently published draft National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines. Preparing for the contingency of a maritime casualty has long been a priority of the industry, which has often been at the leading edge of improved standards and training. The public meeting will address concerns and issues of vital interest to many communities across the country.

Agenda For June 19 Public Meeting on NPREP Guidlines

Leaders of the maritime industry will convene in Washington, D.C. on June 19 with representatives of the relevant government agencies to have a dialogue addressing concerns with, and ways to improve, the recently published draft National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines. Preparing for the contingency of a maritime casualty has long been a priority of the industry, which has often been at the leading edge of improved standards and training. Therefore…

Denis Petropoulos, President of Braemar Shipping Services Asia

China, Iran key Drivers for New Suez Canal

The new deeper Suez Canal will be a beneficiary of the ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative taken by China’s  leader Xi Jinping, especially when it comes to the opening up of the Iranian market following the lifting of international sanctions and the moving into importance of the Indian refinery markets, according to Denis Petropoulos, President of Braemar Shipping Services Asia. Iran is probably the most notable frontier for new business within ‘One Belt One Road’, delegates were told.

Marine Salvage Saves Time, Money, Lives & the Environment

Though maritime transportation is unequivocally proven as the safest and most environmentally benign means to move goods from ‘point A to point B,’ it is a given that accidents do happen. When they do, having a qualified, competent marine salvage company around can be the difference between minor incident and major tragedy. For insights on the maturation and future of marine salvage sector, MR reached out to the leadership of the American Salvage Association (ASA) for answers. What are the major missions, objectives and challenges ASA has on its top line agenda today.

American Salvage Association to Consider Non-Tank VRP's

One issue on the conference agenda will be the new regulations for Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans (VRPs). On March 9, 2013, the OPA 90 Vessel Response Plan regulatory package outlining requirements for non-tank vessels trading in U.S. waters was approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), jumping the last hurdle before publication on or around June 9, 2013. The new regulations address the need to identify appropriate response resources, including diving, salvage, firefighting or lightering equipment and personnel, within VRPs.

Tim Lewis (Photo courtesy of Braemar)

Braemar Appoints Lewis as Director, Ports & Harbors

Braemar SA (Incorporating The Salvage Association) has appointed Tim Lewis to the newly created position of director for ports and harbors. Lewis holds a masters degree in civil and maritime engineering, and a master’s degree in business administration, and joins Braemar SA from another marine consultancy where he held a similar position for many years. Lewis has been a marine consultant for over 25 years and is a Fellow of both the Institution of Civil Engineers and The Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

(l to r) James a'Beckett, Head of Dry Cargo Broking Braemar ACM; Denis Petropoulos, President Braemar Group Asia; and Peter Ryan, Head of Consultancy Braemar Incorporating the Salvage Association. Photo Braemar Group

Anticipating Market Change Crucial for Industry - Braemar

Being in a position to accurately anticipate change in the shipping markets is becoming ever more crucial for maritime service providers, as owning principals demand more solutions to the problems created by over-ordering, according to Braemar Group Asia President Denis Petropoulos. Speaking at a press conference during Singapore Maritime Week, Mr Petropoulos said this need for in-depth industry knowledge and experience in understanding how to deal with market downturns means…

David Faulkner Courtesy Braemar

Faulkner Joins Braemar SA as Manager

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) has appointed David Faulkner as ‘Manager, Ports and Harbours (Middle East)’. David is a Master Mariner and pilot and will be based in the Braemar SA Abu Dhabi office. He has extensive experience in providing specialist port consultancy services on aspects such as vessel manoeuvring, navigation, VTS (vessel traffic service) and marine risk, as well as providing expert opinion services to the insurance and legal markets on navigation, unsafe berth and unsafe port cases.

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.

Paul Hankins: Photo credit ASA

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.

Devon Grennan

Grennan to Head Global Diving & Salvage

After more than 30 years as founders and owners of Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., Tim Beaver and John Graham continue to remain excited about the future of the company. This month, they announced the newest chapter in Global’s history; Devon Grennan, President for the past four years, will now also take on the position of Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Beaver and Mr. Graham will maintain ownership and continue to serve on the Board of Directors, but will step down from direct operational involvement.

Nicky Pappadakis (Photo: NAMEPA)

Pappadakis to Receive NAMEPA Lifetime Award

Nicky Pappadakis has been unanimously selected to receive the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) 2016 Lifetime Award, announced Joe Hughes, NAMEPA Chairman. “Mr. Pappadakis has dedicated his life to the shipping industry and demonstrated his commitment for the sea, seafarers, safety and the environment,” Hughes said. Pappadakis began his career in 1961 with the family firm A.G. Pappadakis & Co. in London, England. “My acceptance is in the name of all who care about the environment and who try to help make a difference,” Pappadakis said.

Falmouth

Braemar Hosts Insurance Experts

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) welcomed an invited group of marine insurance professionals onto its specialist port and shipyard familiarization course in Falmouth designed to introduce participants to the technical aspects of marine surveying, investigating, reporting techniques and marine insurance. Braemar SA has been running this initiative for many years, providing background knowledge and understanding to marine insurance professionals on important aspects of ship construction, shipyard operations, and itsrepair procedures.

Engine Room Fire: File photo CCL 3

Engine Room Fire Prevention Below Par Say Experts

Lessons are still not being learnt when it comes to preventing engine room fires according to Braemar SA (Braemar Incorporating The Salvage Association). He adds: “On many of the vessels I visit, these hot spots are only too easy to find, with thermal imaging photographs readily identifying these defects”. Braemar SA says that, despite all the attention classification societies aim at fire prevention and protection design, potential problems must be detected earlier to ensure a fast and efficient first response.

Courtesy Braemar Singapore

Braemar Calls for More Training for reducing Ship Casualties

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) (Braemar SA) has called for more training to be given in order to make vessel casualties manageable in the event of high-risk incidents. Addressing delegates at the annual International Shipowning and Shipmanagement Summit in Singapore today (3rd October), Graeme Temple, Far East Regional Director for Braemar SA said: “Training is essential to managing incidents effectively and looking at how processes can be improved. Often we see casualties needlessly occurring because of human error…

Brian Armour

Brian Armour Joins Braemar

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) has appointed Brian Armour as Senior Maritime Civil Engineer within its Ports & Harbours division. Brian will be based in the Singapore office and has many years’ experience in the design, analysis and construction of jetties and port structures in Australia and Asia. He will focus on providing advice on dock damage cases, and on berth safety disputes, on behalf of P&I Clubs, insurers and marine solicitors. He will, in addition, assist in the further development of Braemar SA’s Ports and Harbours consultancy services.

Image: Braemar SA

New 'Guide to Hull & Machinery'

International multidisciplinary marine surveyors and consultants Braemar (Incorporating The Salvage Association), (Braemar SA), has published the third edition of its Guide to Hull & Machinery. The publication is primarily designed to help those with a nontechnical background and who are possibly unfamiliar with some or all of the nautical and engineering technical terms used in marine survey reports. Braemar SA launched its Guide to Hull & Machinery in 2010 and then published a second edition in 2012.

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)…

Clay Maitland: Photo credit NAMEPA

NAMEPA Announce Upcoming Conference, Awards

Clay Maitland, Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announces two major events. NAMEPA’s Environmental Intelligence in Maritime Conference, will feature “Greening the Marine Transportation System”, “The Arctic”, “Safety at Sea” and “Corporate Risk Management”. This conference, with NAMEPA's fifth anniversary in mind, will be held on 14, November 2012, and is to be followed by NAMEPA’s 2012 Marine Environment Protection Awards honoring Maersk, NOAA, SUNY Maritime College, and the American Salvage Association (ASA).

ASA Committee Chairmanship Passed to John K. Fulweiler

John K. Fulweiler, Esq. assumes Chair of the American Salvage Association's (ASA) Membership Committee. A Proctor-in-Admiralty, John is excited about the opportunity of continuing to support and contribute to the ASA's endeavors. John is the managing member of Fulweiler llc, a maritime law firm practicing in various East Coast jurisdictions in the United States. Formerly a partner in a New York maritime law firm, John K. Fulweiler graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Marine Affairs degree and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

'Hornbolower Infinity': Photo credit NAMEPA

New York Floating Venue for NAMEPA Conference

NAMEPA's upcoming 5th Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner to move aboard the 'Hornblower Infinity'. Hurricane Sandy created a lot of havoc in New York, but it hasn’t dampened the  North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)’s plans for its 5th Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner being held on November 14th which will now be held aboard the Hornblower Infinity, docked at Pier 40 (33 West Street). A dynamic conference, featuring Philip Shapiro of Liberty Maritime…

Image: ASA

TITAN to Host American Salvage Association Fundraiser

The American Salvage Association’s (ASA) Education Committee Fundraiser will be hosted by TITAN Salvage on Thursday, January 22, at the Houston Maritime Museum. All proceeds from the event will support ASA Education Committee scholarships and science fair prizes. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the greater maritime community to come together for a good cause,” said Lindsay Malen, TITAN’s director of business development and ASA Educational Committee member. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the Maritime Museum and network amongst friends and colleagues…

ASA Appoints Clark Communications Manager

The American Salvage Association announces the appointment of Jason Clark as the Association’s Communications and Public Relations Manager. Jason will assume a range of duties, to include the writing and issuance of press releases as well as working on the editorial board of the quarterly Soundings magazine, overseeing its publication. Jason brings a wide range of communications experience, working in the New Orleans television media market for the previous fifteen years in various capacities ranging from sales support to Operations.