Ardent Partnership Creates New Salvage Leader in Eastern Mediterranean

Global maritime salvage company Ardent has teamed up with one of Greece's largest providers of tugs and a leading expert in pollution control in the region to provide emergency response services in the Eastern Mediterranean. The partnership combines the expertise of Ardent and two Greece-based companies, Vernicos Tugs and Salvage and Environmental Protection of … [Read more...]

Marine Salvage Legend Rich Habib Killed in Snowboarding Accident

A marine salvage legend well known for his role in raising the Costa Concordia has past away following a freak snowboarding accident in Utah. gCaptain has learned that former Salvage Master and managing director of TITAN Salvage, Captain Richard Habib, was killed January 10th on an inbounds ski slope at Park City Mountain Resort in Park City, Utah. According to … [Read more...]

MV Smart Salvage Wraps Up in South Africa

  The salvage of the capesize coal carrier MV Smart in Richards Bay, South Arica has been completed more than two years after the ship ran aground, the North P&I Club and the South African Maritime Safety Authority said in a joint statement Tuesday. The complex salvage was carried out by Titan Salvage, now part of Ardent following a merger between Titan and … [Read more...]

Titan Salvage, Svitzer Salvage to Merge Under New Company

Crowley Maritime Corp. and Svitzer have agreed to merge their salvage divisions to create a new company named “Ardent.” The company will be equally owned by Crowley and Svitzer, and will commence operations on May 1, 2015. Svitzer Salvage is part of Svitzer Group - part of A.P.Moller – Maersk Group - with headquarters in Ijmuiden, the Netherlands. The company is known for … [Read more...]

SMART Bow Scuttled Off South Africa [PHOTOS]

The bow section of the bulk carrier MV Smart has been refloated and scuttled off the coast of South Africa about 17 months after the ship wrecked. Houston-based Titan Salvage, part of Crowley Corp., said it successfully refloated the largest and most challenging section of the wrecked bulk carrier. The section was than towed out to sea and scuttled as planned. The 151,279 … [Read more...]