Titan Salvage Receives NAMEPA Environmental Award

Nick Sloane, the South African Salvage Master who has led the operation for the U.S.-Italian contractors consortium Titan-Micoperi. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
The salvage of the Costa Concordia was led by South African Salvage Master, part of the U.S.-Italian contractors consortium Titan-Micoperi. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) has announced that Houston-based TITAN Salvage, a subsidiary of Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corp. and part of the salvage team for the Costa Concordia shipwreck in Italy, is the recipient of its 2014 Corporate Marine Environment Protection Award. The prestigious 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. We are both humbled and honored to receive NAMEPA’s Corporate Marine Environment Protection Award and look forward to participating in NAMEPA’s annual conference later this year.”

Peterson will accept the award on behalf of the TITAN team at NAMEPA’s New York City conference on October 29. Lindsay Malen, TITAN’s director of business development, will also attend the conference and participate in a risk management roundtable discussion with other leaders from across the industry.

“TITAN is a proud member of NAMEPA,” Malen said. “We will continue to support the organization’s efforts to protect our seas and lead by example.”

Earlier this year, TITAN marked the completion of the largest maritime salvage job in history when the Costa Concordia cruise ship was safely moored at the Port of Genoa Voltri, Italy after spending almost two and a half years shipwrecked on the island of Giglio. The project required 48,000 engineering man-hours and 1,200 total workers, and more than 22,000 dives totaling 30,000 hours.

“Every aspect of the project was handled with the utmost professionalism and of the highest caliber of calculation and planning,” said Peterson. “Our team’s goal was to accomplish the project with safety, ingenuity and detail; we truly believe that we did just that.”