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56th ISU General Meeting, Nice, France The International Salvage Union held its 56th General Meeting in Nice, France, 21-22 September 2010, with more than 90 delegates and their guests from the ISU’s 58 member companies in attendance. The meeting was hosted by French ISU member company, Les Abeilles. The meeting, chaired by ISU President, Todd Busch, was updated on the business of the ISU, its executive committee and professional advisers during the past year. ISU General Manager, John Noble, reported on developments in the review of the SCOPIC equipment rates.

and Special Casualty Representatives’ Committee meetings that have taken place during the year. Delegates also heard about the work of the Society for Underwater Technology and revisions to key BIMCO contracts as well as being shown the ISU’s refreshed and re-designed website; the results of the 2009 pollution prevention survey and other salvage industry statistics. Commenting on the proceedings,

ISU President Todd Busch said: “It is a pleasure to have had such a good attendance at this year’s general meeting. As usual we have covered a lot of ground dealing with both formal business and in informal discussions. These remain uncertain times for salvors. But it is gratifying to see the commitment that our members have to dealing with the issues that we face. And it is encouraging to see our members’ commitment to this industry which is vital to the shipping community and wider society.”

And, attending his last AGM as ISU Legal Adviser, Archie Bishop reported on international maritime matters; the work of the Comité Maritime International; environmental salvage and introduced his successor, Rob Wallis. Mr Bishop and ISU Secretary General, Mike Lacey, also reported on the discussions of the Lloyd’s Salvage Group and the SCOPIC

ISU President Todd Busch and delegates at the 2010 General Meeting.

ISU UPDATE New Executive Committee Members

LOF update

The ISU is pleased to welcome Fokko Ringersma, the Managing Director of Mammoet Salvage, and John Halfweeg, the Director of Salvage, SMIT Salvage, as new members of the ISU Executive Committee. It brings the committee to its full complement of 12 members.

Lloyd’s, ISU and others support the publication of Awards but, as yet, this has not been finalised by Lloyd's. In addition, a decision is awaited from Lloyd’s regarding the wording of a guarantee they will require from salvors before releasing any LOF Arbitration Award.

Salvage Conference ISU General Manager, John Noble, chaired and gave the keynote address at the ACI Maritime Salvage Conference in London in early September. The 51 delegates, including representatives from ISU members, considered the position of salvors as first line casualty responders and the investment made by salvage companies in purchasing, storage and maintenance of equipment. Manpower and training issues were also discussed together with the ever increasing safety regimes required in many jurisdictions.

has suggested shipowners should provide security – this is not favoured by owners. Similarly, LOF users are trying to find a way to streamline the procedure for notifying unrepresented cargo interests with the suggestion that notification to the relevant insurer should be sufficient.

There is concern that the Fixed Cost Arbitration Procedure (FCAP) is not being used as much as it might be. It is thought to be because the cap is too low and it is to be raised to US $2million.

New member

The issue of obtaining financial guarantees from cargo interests in containership cases continues to be difficult. Seeking security from the many thousands of different cargo interests is a great administrative burden and costly.


Suggestions have been made on modifications to the arrangements but no agreement has been reached. ISU 1

The ISU welcomes Teras Offshore to full membership.

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MEMBERS’ NEWSROUND who has over 30 years experience in international shipping, most recently in oil spill response in Singapore and conducting crisis response.

DONJON Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., has been awarded a competitively bid Marine Transportation Services contract to move all New York City Department of Sanitation Recycling Barges from distribution points in New York City to a number of facilities in the area. Donjon moves at least one barge of recycled material per day, 365 days per year. The contract runs to 2015. Donjon-SMIT, LLC’s Board of Directors has announced that its new Salvage, Lightering and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) services package is now complete and includes an innovative new Coast Guard-approved and International Group of P&I Club–accepted contract.

Ajay Prasad

Providing the first-of-its-kind rate sheets and a funding agreement, Donjon-SMIT believes vessel owners will benefit from the extent of the contract which fairly protects the interests of both shipowner and salvor. The venture has moved its principal office to larger facilities at 909 North Washington Street, Suite 300, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 USA.

Anuj Sahai

RESOLVE has also opened a New Orleans base of operations at 643 Magazine Street, Suite 304. It strengthens RESOLVE’s commitment to the maritime industry in the US Gulf states and expands the marine salvor’s reach along the Gulf Coast and into the Mississippi River corridor.

All phone numbers, including the emergency number, remain the same. The main office number and 24/7 emergency number is: 1-703-299-0081. Fax: 1-703-299-0085. E-mail

Heading RESOLVE’s New Orleans base is former Coast Guardsman Matthew Hahne who joins the company as Director of Regulatory Affairs and will focus on OPA-90 implementation, offshore immediate response regulations, and tank barge response, among other marine services for tanker, cargo and other large commercial vessels.

BISSO T&T BISSO announced the appointment of Mauricio Garrido as President. In his new position, Garrido will undertake the direct oversight of T&T BISSO’s worldwide business activities as well as the hands-on oversight of the company’s global offices. Garrido joined T&T BISSO in 2008 as general manager of the Americas and Europe. He is President of the American Salvage Association.


John C. Baker has joined BISSO MARINE as Director of Quality and Compliance and Joe Campbell as General Manager of Diving and Subsea Services.

TITAN has formed an exclusive partnership with Perrott Salvage of Cairns, which will serve as TITAN’s regional representative. A stockpile of specialist salvage equipment in Cairns, along with strategic partnerships with key Australiabased subcontractors and TITAN’s established worldwide network of salvage resources will help expand the company’s global reach.

TITAN Salvage continues its expansion with the recent addition of a new salvage base and depot in Australia. The facility is located in Cairns, Queensland to respond to marine and environmental disasters threatening the Great Barrier Reef and other marine casualties throughout the Australasia and South West Pacific regions.

“We are very excited about this new partnership and look forward to offering TITAN’s world class salvage and wreck removal support to this region of the world,” said Dan Schwall, managing director, TITAN. Joe Campbell

The new Australian company will operate under the name TITAN Maritime (Australia) Pty Ltd.

John C. Baker


Resolve Salvage & Fire (Asia), a unit of RESOLVE MARINE GROUP, Inc., has expanded its presence in Singapore, recruiting Ajay Prasad as Operations and Technical Director. He has worked in the marine industry for 17 years. Previously, he was with the Eitzen Group as Marine-QE Superintendent and most recently Senior Operations Manager (Commercial). He joins Resolve’s Managing Director, Singapore, Anuj Sahai, 2

TSAVLIRIS’ tug HELLAS received the following compliments following their Annual Survey Inspection from the Panama Flag Authorities: “Captain Villanueva and his crew were very professional, motivated and most helpful with all my requests to see equipment, documents and drills. Many thanks for all your assistance with this inspection. I had a very good impression of the crew, vessel and company.”

Bulker fire in Scotland In early July the self-discharging bulk carrier YEOMAN BONTRUP reported a serious fire whilst moored at the remote Glensanda SuperQuarry in Morvern, opposite the Isle of Lismore in Scotland. A fierce fire had broken out in the conveyor belt system on the 100,000 dwt ship during loading operations. Due to the remote location, the UK Coastguard Emergency Towing Vessel (ETV) Anglian Sovereign (one of four ETVs operated by J P Knight (Lowestoft) Ltd on behalf of the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency) was tasked to attend. Local authority firefighters were transported to the scene by helicopter and boat. There were no serious casualties but the remote nature of the Glensanda berth made transport difficult for all of the land-based emergency services. The fire spread from the conveyor to the accommodation and the top of the engine room, resulting in an explosion caused by liquids detonating in the steering compartment. A joint salvage agreement was signed by ISU members Smit Salvage and J P Knight (Lowestoft) Ltd and a salvage team mobilized from Rotterdam.

Five Oceans operations The Bulker ST EFREM, 15,000 dwt and built in 1977, laden with 14,000 tonnes of bagged sugar, was immobilized off Santos, Brazil due to auxiliary engine failure. She was on a voyage from Paranagua to Abidjan.

Considerable effort was required to reduce and eventually extinguish the fire. ANGLIAN SOVEREIGN carried out ‘boundary cooling’ to help prevent the spread of fire and further hull damage and provided a base for the salvage team. Two harbour tugs from the Clyde were contracted to stand by to hold the ship in position.

and taken to a safe anchorage.

After several days of round-theclock cooling and firefighting, the 13-strong salvage team succeeded in extinguishing all of the fires onboard. With the situation stable, the discharge conveyor was swung back onboard and the casualty moved clear of the berth

The passage around the north of Scotland, with the damaged and heavily loaded bulk carrier, was slow but YEOMAN BONTRUP was re-delivered to her owners at the end of July and work started to remove the 70,000 tonnes cargo of stone before a full inspection and subsequent repairs.

of various tanks and one of her cargo holds. She was subsequently beached in the river to prevent her from sinking.

lightering 20,000 tonnes of cargo and pulling, the vessel was successfully refloated and taken to Villa Do Conde where she was discharged and patched before redelivery to her owners. The operation was completed on 23rd of August.

A LOF was signed with FIVE OCEANS SALVAGE on 18th July and a 20-strong salvage team, two local tugs and a lightering vessel were mobilised. By

A LOF was signed with FIVE OCEANS SALVAGE on 4th August 2010. The salvors contracted the local tug PEGASUS to stand by the casualty while the AHTS RED SEA FOS was mobilized from her salvage station in Abidjan to assist.

After further work to improve the vessel’s condition and prepare it for towage, the ship was towed to Ijmuiden using the contracted ITC-owned tug, BOULDER (inset above) and with the J P Knight tug KEVERNE to assist with steering.


The casualty was towed to Abidjan by the tug RED SEA FOS, arriving at her destination at the end of September. The MV HELLENIC SEA, a Panamax vessel built in 1991 and laden with bauxite, touched the river bed in the Amazon while en route from Trombetas to Villa Do Conde and suffered bottom damage which resulted in the flooding 3

ASSOCIATES’ NEWSROUND Deeptek Deeptek’s Moya Crawfrod advises that on 14th December 2010 the Salvage & Decommissioning Committee of the Society for Underwater Technology will host a conference: “Identifying the Synergies between Decommissioning and Wreck Removal - the What, When, Where and How of dealing with large Steel Structures.” The event is at 80 Coleman St, London, EC2R 5BJ. Registration 0930 for 1000 start.

Redwise Delivery firm Redwise has delivered the new build Z-tech tug CALOVéBORA, one of 13 to be delivered this year and next for the Panama Canal Authorities. The 5844 bhp vessel had its fuel capacity provisionally extended to safely transit from its Hong Kong yard to Panama. Other deliveries currently under way or imminent are new build ASD tug SMIT KOONGO from Izmit, Turkey to Gladstone, Australia via the Panama Canal to avoid piracy attacks. The tug LIVERPOOL, 3492 bhp, is presently on her way from the UK to Nigeria. Tug STANE is en route from Sullom Voe, UK to Nigeria. Recently completed deliveries include the new build ASD tug FREY from Galatz, Romania to Cartagena, Colombia. The SMIT YERWA was delivered to Panama from Takoradi, Ghana.

International Bunker Industries Association (IBIA) IBIA has awarded Certificates of Competency to the first graduates of its Professional Training Programme for Bunker Cargo Officers. Chen Chao, Mohamed Riszuan and Shahrizal Mohamad were presented with their certificates by IBIA Chief Executive, Ian Adams, at the IBIA Asia Forum in Singapore. The graduates are the first to successfully complete the three month Bunker Cargo Officer Course, which has been approved by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). The course, jointly developed by

IBIA’s Asia Branch, Wavelink Maritime International (WMI) and bunker industry stakeholders in consultation with the MPA, aims to raise professionalism through recognised industry qualifications.

Dockwise Dockwise’s Q2 2010 results showed revenues of US$ 112 million with earnings (EBITDA) of US$ 48 million. The heavy lift specialist also announced a string of awards for heavy marine transport projects including an FPSO, two jack-up rigs and a power barge. It also announced the sale of the type IV vessel MV ENTERPRISE to focus its fleet on premium cargoes. Dockwise also completed the first of two float-overs for the Vyborg Project in Korea (see above). It involved moving two 15,000 tonne semi-sub hulls and two topsides that weigh approximately 19,000 tonnes each. These pieces were constructed in locations more than 27,000 km apart and the Dockwise vessel BLACK MARLIN was used successfully to load the first of two topsides for transport to the float-over location in Korea. The project included designing and installing the pre-laid anchor spread, hooking the hull to the spread and ballasting the hull to its mating draft.

The American Salvage Association (ASA) ASA is celebrating its 10th anniversary with special events including a celebratory luncheon in November to be 4

attended by industry and government guests. The ASA has achieved much in its first decade. Its members were involved following the devastation of the World Trade Center after 9-11; during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike. More recently, ASA members mobilized to earthquake-stricken Haiti to help clear the harbour and restore port operations. ASA continues to raise awareness in Congress and elswhere of the threat of oil contained in wrecks throughout the coastal zones of North America in the Wreck Oil Removal Program (WORP). “Our Association has continued to gain momentum and achieve key milestones for the improvement of marine casualty response and environmental protection in North America. An increasing membership, coupled with an increased operational efficiency, our distinguished group of salvors and affiliate and associate members have created a new chapter for moving forward,” said ASA President Mauricio Garrido.

ABR The Book of Papers for ITS 2010 Vancouver will be published in October. The 300-plus page, hardbound volume contains complete papers and discussions from the convention, the names and addresses of all delegates and exhibitors, plus pictures. All speakers will be sent a complimentary copy, and delegates and exhibitors can obtain a copy at a 50 per cent discount. For those not at the convention, the publication is available through priced £100 plus p&p.

Honour for French salvor

Mr Quillivic, a first class captain of the French merchant navy, has been with Les Abeilles for over thirty years. He has also captained a reserve frigate. Mr Quillivic has great experience of salvage operations – cases include the container ship MING FORTUNE in the English Channel, the STENA CHALLENGER which beached at Calais in 1995 as well as the salvage of the DARFUR and HAPPY FELLOW where there was great risk of explosion.

Christain Quillivic, Director General of French ISU member, Les Abeilles International has received the French honour of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. The award was presented to Mr Quillivic at a ceremony in Paris by the French Secretary General for Maritime Affairs, M.Jean-Francois Tallec, who reports to the Prime Minister. (See above)

shore to the Harvey Canal at Moss Point, Mississippi. Separately, the 560 ton hull was lifted from the Pascagoula River and set ashore at a fabrication yard. The crew had to ballast the 700ton derrick barge so it could squeeze under the 40-foot clearance of the nearby Interstate 10 bridge.

Mr Quillivic has also worked with solicitors to prepare over 150 cases - many of which were for Lloyd’s arbitration.

BISSO heavy lift BISSO MARINE successfully performed two heavy lift jobs involving a 200ton vessel and a 560-ton hull. Both operations used the Derrick Barge CAPPY BISSO. The crew launched a 200-ton crew boat (pictured right) from

Obituary David Parrot 1945 - 2010 David Parrot founded TITAN in 1980. It started as an undercapitalized, one-tug towing firm, struggling to expand and to make a name for itself. In 1982 TITAN’s tug NESTOR and her crew were hired as sub-contractors to assist one of the Dutch firms on a salvage/wreck removal in the Caribbean. When the job was no longer economically feasible for the Dutch firm, TITAN successfully took over the operation. The achievement was a milestone for the company; the first of a long series of salvages and wreck removal jobs, which continues to this day. During the 1980s the company acquired more tugs, barges and cranes, enabling it to build a regional salvage and wreck removal business in the Caribbean. Parrot’s long-time business partner Dick Fairbanks joined the company in 1988 and brought a high degree of technical expertise and business acumen to TITAN which recognised the realities of scale and led to TITAN’s sale of its tugs and most of its floating equipment in 1992. It was part of a strategy to expand TITAN’s operating area worldwide by using vessels of opportunity near the site of a casualty and by flying in TITAN’s own expert salvors and specialized equipment. TITAN became independent

of its own floating equipment and was able to incorporate the senior masters and engineers into highly trained and mobile salvage teams. Over the years, Parrot and Fairbanks found that it was often safer and more efficient to sub-contract certain highly specialized services than it was to provide those services themselves. They accelerated the company into salvage on a worldwide basis and it was acquired in 2005 by Crowley. Paying tribute to David Parrot, Tom Crowley, Jr., Crowley Maritime Corporation’s 5

chairman, president and CEO. Said: “He was a remarkable man who founded and helped build TITAN into one of the premier marine salvage and wreck removal companies in the world today. He will be missed by many for his vision, determination and countless contributions, but most of all, for his friendship.” David Parrot passed away in September in Maine. He is survived by his loving wife Penny, sons Hunter and Gage, and an enormous network of friends and family.

Archie Bishop steps down ISU Legal Adviser Archie Bishop has stepped down following the conclusion of the 2010 AGM. Archie Bishop has served the ISU since 1982 and has been central to its activities during that period. Mr Bishop started his career at sea and spent seven years as an officer with P&O before joining solicitors Holman Fenwick and Willan in 1960. He rose to be the firm’s senior partner before retiring in 2000.

much-respected lawyer in the shipping markets. We are honoured that he is joining us and that he will bring his 35 years of maritime law experience and expertise to bear on issues of common interest to marine salvors.” Mr Wallis is a Law graduate of Leicester University and qualified as a UK solicitor in 1975 and joined the law firm of Elborne Mitchell specialising in Maritime Law, particularly “wet” work - salvage and collision - as well as aspects of marine insurance and re-insurance. In 1988 Mr Wallis joined the London office

Todd Busch said: “I greatly appreciate and value the contribution made by Archie Bishop to the International Salvage Union and the salvage industry as a whole.

At the same time, Mr Busch welcomed Mr Rob Wallis as the ISU’s new Legal Adviser: “I am delighted Rob is joining us. He also has great experience of salvage law and is a well-known and

A large part of Mr Wallis’ work has been in practice of Common Law salvage, Lloyd’s Open Form (LOF) and other forms of salvage contract. He has lectured on salvage matters and been a representative of the Admiralty Solicitors Group (ASG) for 25 years and its Chairman for the last seven years. Mr Wallis served on the ASG advisory body set up to assist Lloyd’s with the amendments to LOF and has worked with most of the International Group of P&I Clubs.

Singapore clean up

“I am grateful that he will be available to consult on issues when necessary – especially in reviewing the Salvage Convention and the work of the CMI. We hope that Archie and Annie enjoy their increased leisure time together and we wish them well.” New Legal Adviser

ISU’s new Legal Adviser. Archie has been a wonderful servant to the salvage industry and I am really looking forward to taking up the reins and to serving the whole of the industry through the ISU.”

The tanker BUNGA KELANA 3 was in collision with bulk carrier WAILY off Singapore. She was loaded with crude oil and the collision resulted in a spill of around 2200 tonnes.

of Hill Dickinson as a Partner and was Chairman of Hill Taylor Dickinson from 1999 to 2004 prior to the re-merger with Hill Dickinson in 2007.

POSH Semco and its sister company Singapore Oil Spill Response Centre (SOSRC) were immediately called by the owner to mobilise spill response resources.

Commenting on his appointment Mr Wallis said: “It is a privilege to be the

ARAS new craft ARAS Salvage, based in Istanbul/Turkey has extended and strengthened its fleet with new assets: the floating sheerleg SEKA AK-1 with lifting capacity of 490 tons and flat top barge NETA with 3750 ton loading capacity; followed by self propelled crane ship BARBAROS-3 with 250 ton lifting capacity purchased last year. And, in addtion to its ISO 9001:2008, Quality Management System, ARAS reports that it has also recently been certified for ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System and OHSAS 18001:2007 Occupational Health & Safety Management System by Lloyd’s Register.

Within hours, six of POSH Semco’s vessels were deployed with containment booms, oil skimmers and dispersant spraying equipment. Initially the strategy was to spray the slicks with dispersant, but after the first day or so the oil became too viscous for the dispersant to be effective. Booms and skimmers were deployed, particularly at the casualty location, to contain and recover as much of the oil as possible before it hit the shores of Singapore. Despite the efforts at sea, strong currents meant some oil came ashore and the focus of the response gradually changed from “at sea” work to shoreline cleanup. After some ten days of skimming, collecting of oiled natural debris and even scrubbing of submarines, the work was completed.


Captain D.C. “Danny” Betts – 30 years and still going strong By Captain Ian Merriman, Master In 1979 at the age of 32 Danny Betts joined the then Safmarine Tug Division (known as Saftug) to begin a long and successful career as Master of the JOHN ROSS – with her sistership, WOLRAAD WOLTEMADE, one of the two most powerful, and, I believe majestic, ocean going tugs. I can only surmise what went through this young man’s mind at the time as he was dropped off at the tug’s berth in Cape Town – but I have little doubt that ‘dumbstruck’ and ‘awe inspired’ could have been part of it as he stood in front of this menacingly powerful and beautiful vessel. He was in action with the tug a day or so later.

Thirty years on, Danny is still with the company - now Smit Amandla Marine. Apart from doing odd tours of duty aboard the sister tug Wolraad Woltemade he has commanded the JOHN ROSS (renamed SMIT AMANDLA) ever since. The name of Danny Betts is synonymous with that of JOHN ROSS/ SMIT AMANDLA. During his tenure as Master he has always shown extreme professionalism. A very modest man, with a great sense of humour, Danny has the respect of all who have sailed with or worked alongside him. Sometimes it’s difficult to understand his broad Yorkshire dialect (especially for us South Africans) but one can be assured that words of wisdom normally prevail. I am sure that all who know Danny, in whatever sea or shoreside occupations they follow, would join me in congratulating him for the long and SMIT AMANDLA

Captain “Danny” Betts (left) and Captain Ian Merriman. outstanding service he has given the towage and salvage industry. Captain Okke Grapow asked me the question, “why do you Masters stay so long on these tugs?” I believe the answer lies in the fact that these two vessels are perhaps the finest tugs ever built, with great sea-keeping qualities, and to my knowledge, they are still the fastest tugs ever. And more importantly, they are certainly manned and maintained throughout their long service by some of the most conscientious and professional personnel around. In a nutshell, why would anyone not want to be the Master of these legendary vessels – even for 30 or 20 years? Such opportunity might not come again.

Resolve update RESOLVE MARINE GROUP was awarded a LOF for the salvage of the 331-foot CLIPPER ADVENTURER cruise ship that ran aground on uncharted rocks near Nunavut in Canada’s Northwest Passage. On arrival, RESOLVE’s salvage master and salvage engineer began assessment of damage following evacuation of passengers by the Canadian Coast Guard.

OPA 90 client tankers. In the first case Resolve refloated a 22,377dwt chemical tanker which had grounded in Galveston Bay, Texas. The vessel was laden with approximately 15,000 tonnes of cargo. RESOLVE, the named salvage and marine firefighting provider in the ship’s Vessels Response Plan, promptly mobilized a salvage master, Francis Leckey and naval architect, who directed the internal cargo transfers

Plans were developed to remove fuel and perform temporary repairs to breaches in the hull in preparation to refloat and tow the vessel to Cambridge Bay. RESOLVE worked closely with the Canadian Coast Guard and other authorities to undertake the salvage. RESOLVE’s unit Resolve Salvage and Fire (America) inc responded to two 7

and de-ballasting, enabling the ship to re-float with the assistance of four local tugs providing 275 tons bollard pull. RESOLVE also responded to a 44,999dwt fully laden product tanker that was taking on water in her engine room, at the southern Galveston Anchorage. A salvage master, dive team and pump technician were mobilized. The water ingress was stemmed, repairs effected and the vessel continued on its voyage.

Donjon goes back in time Donjon Marine, Co., Inc., served as the lead salvage contractor to the U.S. Navy to coordinate the locating and initial archeological investigation of the USS SCORPION, the flagship of a U.S. Navy fleet known as the Chesapeake Flotilla during the War of 1812. Phase 1, recently completed, was designed to locate and conduct preparatory work for the more extensive archeological work to be done in concert with the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812. Phase 2 and 3 will involve installing a cofferdam so that the USS

SCORPION recovery and excavation can be done in the dry. The USS SCORPION was a ship designed to navigate the shallow waters of the Patuxent and to harass the British, whose Royal Navy was threatening towns from Havre de Grace to Norfolk. The Chesapeake Flotilla harried the larger British squadron, delaying their advance on Washington DC by scuttling the fleet across the Patuxent River 20 miles east of Washington DC in Upper Marlboro, MD.

to touch a part of history at the same time,” said John A. Witte, Jr., Donjon’s Executive Vice President.

“Donjon was very fortunate to be a part of this archaeological project and


vessel, BALTICA, owned by state fleet, Sovcomflot, and carrying 70,000 tonnes of gas made the passage. It was by far the largest vessel to make its way through. The journey has been enabled by retreating Arctic ice thought to be the result of global warming. The cargo was ex-Murmansk bound for Ningbo in China - a voyage of 13,000km instead of the 22,000km it would have taken if routed through the Suez Canal. ISU member ITC’s parent company Tschudi Shipping of Oslo also arranged the North East Passage of the first nonRussian flagged vessel, the bulk carrier NORDIC BARENTS in September.

United Kingdom The outcome of the UK’s strategic defence review is expeced in October. There are intense discussions about the future size of the Royal Navy. Decisions will be taken about the future of its two new aircraft carriers and their warplanes as well as the replacement of the submarine-launched Trident nuclear missle system and the size and scope of the surface fleet which includes the new destroyer HMS Daring (above). China China and Japan have been in dispute after Japan seized a Chinese fishing boat. It has created the biggest diplomatic incident between the two states for many years. The incident stemmed from a collision between the fishing boat and two Japanese patrol vessels in disputed territory in the East China Sea in early September. The Japanese ambassador to China was summoned to explain what Chinese

officials called the illegal detention. For their part, the Japanese complained that the boat had rammed their vessels and that the Chinese had linked the issue with other unrelated matters. The disputed area is believed to contain hydrocarbon deposits.

Russian officials hope that the changing climate and increasing length of the summer season in high latitudes and the construction of small supporting ports on the Russian north coast will encourage further traffic.

Greece Russia For centuries European traders searched out the fabled “North West Passage”- a supposed short cut from Europe to the riches of the Indies. In the same way a “North East Passage” has long been sought through Russia’s Arctic seas to create a short cut from Europe to the Far East. The passage is blocked by pack ice all winter and only smaller vessels have managed to navigate between the ice floes for a short period each summer. This summer, however, a Russian 8

Holidaymakers were injured when a catamaran twice crashed into the harbour as it tried to dock on the Greek island of Kos. 25 passengers were taken to hospital with injuries such as broken bones and cuts caused by broken glass from shattered windows. The incident was said to be caused by a technical failure on the catarmaran which had travelled from Turkey. The Greek authorities are investigating.

Gulf of Mexico clean-up ISU members have been in action following the loss of the Deepwater Horizon and subsequent oil spill. T&T MARINE SALVAGE responded with manpower and equipment to help clean the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “Our crews have been working 24 hours

a day, seven days a week to assist in the Gulf of Mexico cleanup effort,” said T&T MARINE SALVAGE Vice President, Kevin Teichman. “We have flown in personnel and equipment from our response bases around the world.” Equipment used includes spill containment boom, response vessels, skimming vessels with a total capacity of more than 20,000 GPM, offshore offloading equipment, vacuum trucks, pumping systems and heavy machinery. Operations include inland and offshore skimming, offshore oily debris recovery, offshore offloading of smaller skimming vessels, protective booming and beach cleaning.

T&T Gulf operations

the gulf region. The group is working for several different clients in multiple capacities: the vessels RESOLVE PIONEER and LANA ROSE were engaged in offshore skimming operations; a number of crane barge platforms provided skimming vessels with support and offshore boom deployment. Ground and small vessel crews handled inland and coastal booming operations. RESOLVE Gulf operations

RESOLVE MARINE GROUP has also been engaged in the response to the Deepwater Horizon since the start of the firefighting operations and continued by deploying personnel and equipment to

Coaster holed by fishing vessel

JANINA under tow (Sky Photos)

MULTRASHIP has successfully brought the 1,258 dwt cargo vessel JANINA to safety after it was holed by a fishing vessel while at anchor at Buitenbanken, near Rotterdam. The collision resulted in a crack in the ship’s hull, leading to immediate flooding of the engine room and water entered the ship’s accommodation. The ship’s master ordered the crew to take to the lifeboats. The ship developed a 15-degree list and the Dutch lifeboat association, KNRM, sent three rescue boats. Having secured the salvage contract, MULTRASHIP sent its tugs MULTRATUG 18, MULTRATUG 9, and MULTRATUG RESPONDER to

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the casualty. MULTRASHIP’s specialist salvage team, managed to keep the JANINA afloat and it was towed to the Scheldepoort Shipyard, where a diving inspection was carried out and pumping continued. Still making water, the ship was moved into drydock.

principally in the River Scheldt area in a harbour towage and salvage role. She has a maximum bollard pull of 94.7 tonnes; overall length of 32.14 m; beam of 13.29 m and is capable of 14.3 knots.

New tug MULTRASHIP has added to its fleet of specialised tugs and multi-purpose vessels with the addition of the Damen newbuilding ASD 3213 tug MULTRATUG 3. The vessel, built by Damen, will be delivered from Vietnam to Terneuzen, The Netherlands. It will be employed 9



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