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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Titan Salvage News

Lindsay Malen-Habib (Photo: ASA)

Malen-Habib Named President of the American Salvage Association

Resolve’s Lindsay Malen-Habib takes the helm to become the American Salvage Association's first woman presidentLindsay Malen–Habib has been named president of the American Salvage Association (ASA) effective immediately, the trade group's executive committee announced Monday. She becomes the first woman to assume the role.Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Malen-Habib is currently Resolve Marine Group’s manager of client services, and she has been an active ASA member for more than 10 years…

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Aurelius Backs Ardent Buyout

Alternative direct lender AURELIUS Finance Company has provided financing to support the buy-out of emergency management and offshore decommissioning company Ardent from co-owners Svitzer, a global towage operator, and Crowley Holdings, a holding company of international marine and logistics services provider Crowley Maritime Corporation.The deal will see Ardent’s senior management team acquire a shareholding in the company. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed…

Tim Bush, Crowley vice president and deputy general counsel

Tim Bush Promoted to Crowley VP, Deputy General Counsel

Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that Tim Bush has been promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel. In his new position, Bush will help support the company’s growth as a provider of solutions for the U.S. government and various public-sector agencies. He will be based in Houston and report to Michael Roberts, senior vice president and general counsel. “Tim is an outstanding lawyer, and adds a great deal of value to the Crowley team,” Roberts said. Bush will continue to serve as Crowley’s lead attorney on several large projects for the U.S government…

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.

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.

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…

Only 7 days to go to the big Singapore charity row

Mission ‘Row Around Singapore Island’ 2015

With only 7 days to go to the big Singapore charity row, Row Around Singapore Island (RASI) the intrepid volunteer rowers from the maritime community of Singapore have been undertaking their final practice weekend at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. The original concept for this ground-breaking non-stop endurance challenge was conceived and organised by three friends Iain Anderson of RPC, Lewis Hart of Willis and Ian Teare of Norton Rose Fulbright. It will take around 24 hours and the rowing teams will face busy seaways…

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ISU Honors Costa Concordia Salvors

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Houston-based subsidiary TITAN Salvage and Italian engineering partner Micoperi were honored with the International Salvage Union (ISU) Meritorious Service Award during the organization’s Associate Members’ Day Conference in London. The award was presented by ISU President Leendert Muller in recognition of TITAN and Micoperi’s outstanding service to the salvage industry during the successful execution of the largest single maritime wreck removal project ever to be undertaken, the Costa Concordia.

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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…

YoungShip Launches in Texas

Mitchell Machann, an associate in Blank Rome LLP’s Houston office, recently co-founded YoungShip Texas with TITAN Salvage’s Lindsay Malen. This new branch is the 18th in YoungShip International’s global network, and the first in the United States. In launching YoungShip Texas, Machann and Malen’s vision is to increase awareness of the younger generation coming into the maritime community and to strengthen its presence in the U.S. maritime sector. YoungShip Texas provides a networking platform for young professionals who are already in the maritime industry and support sectors…

Keenan Named VP at Gibbs & Cox

Gibbs & Cox, Inc., an independent naval architecture and marine engineering firm, announced the appointment of Patrick J. Keenan as Vice President, Platform Solutions Group. In this role, Keenan will have responsibility for leadership and management of the company's government and commercial ship design solutions across the Gibbs & Cox global portfolio. "Who do you want on your team to salvage the Costa Concordia? You want the guy who led salvage and recovery of USS Cole. That's Pat Keenan," said Rick Biben, CEO.

NAMEPA Announces Environmental Award Winners

The Board of Directors of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announced the recipients of NAMEPA’s 2014 Marine Environment Protection Awards. The awards will be presented at NAMEPA’s Awards Dinner to be held in New York in conjunction with their New York Conference on October 29. Titan Salvage is the winner of the Corporate Award. When notified, Senior VP Todd Busch stated, “We at Titan are very proud to be honored with this award. It supports…

TITAN Salvage Receives NAMEPA Award

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announced earlier this month that Houston-based TITAN Salvage, a subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corp., is the recipient of its 2014 Corporate Marine Environment Protection Award. The award recognizes TITAN’s proactive approach towards protecting and preserving the oceans. “TITAN is committed to ensuring the safety of our people, the public and the environment,” said TITAN’s Chris Peterson, vice president. “This accolade is a testament to our mission.

Capt. Miller is an unlimited master with decades of marine experience, including previous work for TITAN as a salvage master. (Photo courtesy of TITAN Salvage)

Miller Rejoins TITAN as Salvage Master

Captain Stuart Miller has rejoined Crowley Maritime Corporation’s TITAN Salvage operations team as salvage master, bringing with him over 30 years of worldwide, hands-on maritime and salvage experience. Capt. Miller will be based in the United States, but will deploy worldwide for salvage, wreck removal and other emergency response operations. “TITAN Salvage is pleased to welcome Capt. Stuart Miller back home to our operations team,” said Chris Peterson, vice president. “Capt. Capt.

Jeff Lantz

Lantz Announced as Guest Speaker at EIM Seminar

The Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards of the USCG, Jeff Lantz will discuss regulatory enforcement in the United States and ballast water management at NAMEPA’s EIM Seminar, “Compliance, Cost and Competency in America,” on June 5 as a part of the Posidonia 2014 conferences, seminars and exhibitions. Posidonia 2014 is the opportunity for all members of the shipping industry worldwide to meet and review challenges, opportunities, trends and innovations with the operators of more than 4,000 vessels worldwide. NAMEPA’s seminar, hosted from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lindsay Malen, Director of Business Development at TITAN Salvage and the Marine Response Alliance (MRA)

Lindsay Malen to Speak at Posidonia 2014

Lindsay Malen, Director of Business Development, Marine Response Alliance/TITAN Salvage, will speak on the topic “Salvors:  Partners in OPA90 Compliance & More” at the North American Marine Environment Protection Association’s (NAMEPA’s)  “Compliance, Cost and Competency in America” seminar being held at the 2014 Posidonia conference in Athens, Greece on Thursday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Compliance, Cost and Competency in America” will examine the environmental challenges facing today’s shipping industry. Highlights include: regulatory challenges in the U.S.

TITAN Salvage Mourns Loss of Teammate; Vows Investigation & Safety Improvements

TITAN Salvage and the entire TITAN - Micoperi project team have been deeply saddened by the loss of Diver Israel Moreno while working on the Costa Concordia wreck. Mr. Moreno was a valued member of the team and he will be missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. While the accident is still under investigation, TITAN is cooperating fully with the Italian authorities and is confident that this was a tragic accident without wrongdoing. We will learn from this accident in order to continue to improve the safety of all of our operations…

Samina Mahmood (Photo: Crowley)

Mahmood to Manage Marine Response Alliance

Samina Mahmood, former commercial manager for TITAN Salvage, has been appointed manager for Marine Response Alliance, an association of U.S. emergency responders providing OPA 90 Salvage Marine Firefighting (SMFF). MRA, founded in 1994, combines experts in all facets of emergency response with salvage, firefighting and lightering equipment in all Captain of the Port Zones. Alliance members include TITAN, Crowley, Marine Pollution Control and McAllister Towing & Transportation.

Marine Response Alliance Relocates to Houston

Marine Response Alliance (MRA), an association of U.S. emergency responders providing OPA 90 Salvage Marine Firefighting (SMFF), has relocated from Pompano, Fla., to Houston to be situated with international salvage partner TITAN Salvage. Conveniently located near George Bush International airport, the new office boasts a 102,500 square-foot maintenance and warehousing facility with 4.61 acres of outside storage. Built to suit, the facility includes a state-of-the-art Emergency Response Center manned 24/7, the only one of its kind in the United States.

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.

Date for Diary: MRA-Hosted Seminar 'Navigating in US Waters'

The Marine Response Alliance (MRA) will host an OPA 90 regulatory Seminar entitled, “Navigating US Waters”, on September 4th in Hamburg, Germany at Le Meridien hotel. The afternoon seminar will bring speakers from different sects of the industry and around the world together providing their different perspectives on handling salvage incidents in the U.S. H.-C. The industry will have the chance to discuss compliance regarding OPA 90 regulatory changes as well as abiding to current regulations in place.

Shelby Harris

Harris Assumes New Leadership Role with Titan

Veteran Salvage Master Shelby Harris has been named Titan Salvage’s new director of marine operations in Asia, where he will bring more than 15 years of experience responding to large-scale domestic and international salvage and wreck removal projects. He will be based out of the company’s Singapore office and equipment depot, a 45,000-square-foot site west of the city, and report to Titan’s Director of Operations Patrick Keenan. Harris will be in charge of spearheading operational efforts and continuing to strengthen the team in the region…

TITAN to Address WISTA Conference

TITAN Salvage executive to speak on salvage work in the Arctic at upcoming Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association's (WISTA - USA) 2013 AGM & Conference. TITAN Salvage's Lindsay Malen, director of business development, is scheduled to speak on a panel about salvage work in the Arctic at the event –  “Pacific Northwest – Gateway to the Arctic,” scheduled for May 14 and 15, 2013, in Seattle, Wash. WISTA’s mission is to support women in management positions in maritime transportation and related industries worldwide with networking…

The Jack-up Rig: Photo credit Inland Salvage Inc.

Arduous GoM Drill Rig Salvage Accomplished

Inland Salvage successfully delivers salvaged jack-up drill rig which sank last winter in the Gulf of Mexico. In mid-December 2012 a retired jack-up drill rig under tow from Fourchon, LA to be dismantled in Texas began taking on water. Despite being in the crowded waters of the oilfield, the tow captain was able to maneuver the sinking rig into a little used section of the Vermillion Block where the seas finally washed over the main deck and forced the rig to the ocean floor.

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