Resolve Maritime Academy to Host

by resolveadm on April 21, 2011
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 Resolve Maritime Academy, the maritime training subsidiary of RESOLVE Marine Group, will host the 10th annual Damage Control Olympics on April 26th at Port Everglades on April 26, 2011 from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  
 
WHO:    RESOLVE Maritime Academy instructors and personnel  will host  officers, sailors and damage control men and women of the Navy and Coast Guard vessels visiting Port Everglades during Fleet Week 2011.  
 
WHAT:   The full-day Damage Control Olympics program of maritime safety training exercises and competitive activities will be attended by teams of service men and women from each of the participating ships. The teams will compete against each other in a series of practical, hands-on training exercises and shipboard emergency response scenarios, including interaction with live fire, and smoke- filled environments. The exercises were developed by RESOLVE Maritime Academy to enact real life emergencies that a sailor may face onboard a vessel at sea.  As in real shipboard life, teams may be penalized for safety violations!
 
Sailors will enjoy the challenging, competitive activities as well as fun and relaxation with  other service men and women. The live band “Riverdown” will entertain, and breakfast and lunch buffets, refreshments, massage stations, and a visit from the Red Bull Girls are also planned .  
 
The complete program of events is attached. This is not a public event. Invited military service personnel, and members of the media may attend.
 
WHEN:   Tuesday, April 26, 2011
9:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Competitions  9:00 – 12:00pm
Lunch/break
Competitions  1:00pm – 4:00pm
Interviews with participants 11:30 – 1:30  or  3:00 – 4:00
 
WHERE:  RESOLVE Maritime Academy’s Gray Manatee Shipboard Firefighting Simulator
3305 SE 19th Avenue
Port Everglades
Fort Lauderdale, Florida   
 
WHY:     The DC Olympics is produced by RESOLVE Maritime Academy in appreciation for military men and women who serve at sea. The program provides them an opportunity to hone skills during drills or training sessions, and  in live fire situations that are not available in drills at sea.
 
Contact:   Martha Lord, RESOLVE Marine Group, o: 954-764-8700 / c:  954-257-2868
                 mlord@resolvemarine.com.  Members of the media are invited to attend and will
     be able to interview and photograph  DC Olympics activities.   
Damage Control Olympics Program
 
EVENT 1:  P-100 Fire Fighting Drill
Each team will consist of 1 pump operator (with hearing protection) and 5 hose personnel (2 on each hose and one team leader). The team will be required to rig a P-100 pump, don complete fire fighting ensemble and discharge water via two (2) 1 ½ fire hoses to attack a live fire. This will be a timed event.  Time will stop when team is effectively applying fire fighting water to the fire. 
 
Once the pump is running and water has been “test discharged” from the nozzle, there will be a safety pause (Stop watch will stop) for Staff to ensure all team members are prepared to approach the fire. The safety pause will be no longer than 10 seconds.  Teams requiring more than 10 seconds to be ready will be penalized the extra time. 
 
The team will approach the fire and sweep it out.  Fire will go out when Lead Instructor has determined fire-fighting effort is successful, and time will stop. 
 
EVENT 2:  Dress-Out Drill / SCBA Relay Race 
 
Each team will consist of 4 personnel; two (2) personnel will dress out in complete fire fighting gear.  The other two will assist in the dress out.  The two teams will be approximately 50 feet apart. They then will be required to assemble 1 SCBA, don the SCBA and face piece, run / jog to next team member who will be approximately 50 feet away, and remove SCBA. Next member will don the SCBA, run back to starting point and remove SCBA. On their second run, the team member will be required to change out SCBA cylinder, don SCBA and run to next team member, then remove SCBA. Last team member will then don SCBA and run back to start / finish point. This will be a timed event.  Staff will not allow team members to advance to next point if SCBA is not donned properly. 
              
Time will be added for incomplete or improper dress out at 10 seconds per violation. Time will stop when the final team member crosses the line for the second time.
 
EVENT 3: Pipe Patch Drill
This event will be a combination timed and leakage rate evolution. Teams will consist of 2 personnel and
will be required to isolate water flow through a piping system. They then will have 30 minutes to complete a soft patch on the pipe rupture (1). At the 30 minute mark, the isolation valves will be opened and Staff will determine the winner by the leakage rate. NO EWARP Kits 
 
Bonus points will be awarded for completing this drill in less than 30 minutes:  ½ point for each 5 minutes early.
 
EVENT 4:  Timed Port-side Interior Fire Attack
 
This event will require all team members (no more than 10) to participate. Team members will assemble on main deck, the event will start, and all team members will dress out in fire fighting ensembles, S.C.B.A., etc. Hose will be rigged and entry made into the structure, then hose will be advanced to the top of the post office ladder. Hoses will be  lowered down and the fire team will proceed down the ladder. A second hose will be laid out and charged, but does not have to be used. The team then makes entry into the engine room, then to the crew lounge and attacks the fire.  Staff will observe hose movement and fire attack. Once fire is determined to be extinguished by Staff, the fire team backs out of crew lounge, exits via the Post Office ladder, and backs hoses out to the main deck. This event will be a timed evolution, with Staff observing for safe practices
 
Damage Control Olympics Program
EVENT 5: Search & Rescue Drill
 
This event will require 4 team members (2 teams of 2).  Team members will dress out in full gear and S.C.B.A., enter the Officers Quarters area and perform a search for a victim. Once found, the first team evacuates and the second team enters and performs a rescue and removal of victim/s to a safe area.  Staff will observe teams for safe practices, proper search patterns, and safe movement in a zero visibility compartment. Teams will be judged on proper search patterns, proper team movement, and proper movement of victims. This will be a timed event and speed is of vital importance.
 
Tie Breaker
 
In the event of a tie between two vessels, the winner will be declared by the following timed event:
 
A 4-member team will close the OS&Y valve to the fire main system, rig a wye gate, 50 feet of 1-1/2 hose, inline educator, another 50 feet of 1-1/2 hose and then a nozzle.  Water supply will then be opened and team will establish foam flow.  Time will stop when a blanket of foam is established over the fire area. 
 

Firefighting competition onboard the T/V Gray Manatee at DC Olympics 2010.
 
Contact:   Martha Lord, RESOLVE Marine Group, o: 954-764-8700 / c:  954-257-2868
                 mlord@resolvemarine.com.  Members of the media are invited to attend and will
     be able to interview and photograph  DC Olympics activities.   
 

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RESOLVE MARINE GROUP Adds Suhaili Ocean Towage and Salvage Tug to Worldwide Fleet

by resolveadm on April 13, 2011
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Lauderdale, FL, April 13, 2011 – RESOLVE Marine Group, a leading marine salvage and emergency response company with worldwide operations, has acquired the Tug RESOLVE SUHAILI, 102 TBP.  Previously owned by ITC, the ocean towage and salvage tug is presently located in Freeport, Bahamas.
 
Damian Allan, RESOLVE Director of Business Development announced the acquisition, stating “RESOLVE SUHAILI is a great asset for our fleet worldwide. She will complement and support our core activities in the areas of Salvage, Wreck Removal and Emergency Towage.”  As an OPA90 Salvage & Marine Firefighting primary resource provider, RESOLVE maintains Salvage and Emergency Response vessels and equipment in 16 operations bases in the U.S., as well as in Singapore, the U.K., Mumbai and Shanghai.
 
Inquiries about RESOLVE SUHAILI or other RESOLVE towage and salvage assets and capabilities may be directed to Damian Allan, dallan@resolvemarine.com  or Peter Robinson, probinson@resolvemarine.com.
 
RESOLVE MARINE GROUP is a multi-faceted marine services group specializing in marine salvage, firefighting, emergency response, wreck removal and maritime training, worldwide.  Dedicated to the protection of life, property and the marine environment, RESOLVE delivers OPA90 Vessel Response, Marine Salvage & Wreck Removal, Marine Firefighting and Marine Services through its three divisions: RESOLVE Salvage & Fire, RESOLVE Marine Services, and RESOLVE Maritime Academy. To learn more about RESOLVE, visit www.resolvemarine.com

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RESOLVE MARINE GROUP Refloats Sunken Drydock in Guam Shipyard

by resolveadm on March 16, 2011
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

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Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 16, 2011  --  RESOLVE Marine Group has successfully raised and refloated the “Machinist” drydock at Guam Shipyard in Apra Harbor, Guam. The 825 ft drydock sank on January 2, 2011 during a rough weather event.  RESOLVE, a marine salvage and emergency response company with extensive worldwide experience -- including prior experience raising drydocks,-- was the successful bidder for the job.  RESOLVE began the salvage job on January 31 and successfully refloated the drydock on March 3.


RESOLVE’s Salvage Master, Salvage Engineer, and salvage divers first conducted a comprehensive casualty assessment to determine the structural and watertight conditions of the drydock and to ascertain the status of drydock systems.  A detailed engineering analysis was undertaken and a Salvage Plan was developed and implemented, involving extensive preparatory work both topside and underwater. Given the deep submergence of the drydock well beyond normal operating limits, great care was taken to minimize hydrostatic pressures on tank boundaries during the refloating, and to keep global hull stresses and stability within allowable limits.  The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy reviewed and approved the complex salvage plan.
Due to the extensive maintenance being performed on the drydock prior to sinking, a large portion of its pumping system was inoperable. To overcome this challenge, RESOLVE mobilized 12 high-capacity electric salvage pumps.  Additionally, numerous gauging systems were established to monitor tank pressures and condition throughout the refloat operation.  “Large sunken drydocks are notorious for testing your skill and tenacity, and this was no exception,” said RESOLVE Salvage Master Todd Schauer.  “We were fortunate to have the support of an outstanding team including our client Guam Shipyard, as well as Heger Drydock and Mako Diving.” 
RESOLVE Marine Group is a leading, multi-faceted marine services group specializing in marine salvage, firefighting, OPA90 SMFF emergency response, wreck removal and maritime training  worldwide. RESOLVE delivers comprehensive marine services through its three divisions:  RESOLVE Salvage & Fire, RESOLVE Marine Services and Resolve Maritime Academy. RESOLVE maintains fully equipped operations bases in the United States, Europe and Asia. To learn more about RESOLVE Marine Group and the full range of services offered, visit www.resolvemarine.com.

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RESOLVE MARINE, PENCO TEAM UP FOR SMFF IN HAWAII

by resolveadm on March 16, 2011
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Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 15, 2011 -   On February 2nd, 2011, a team of emergency responders from RESOLVE MARINE GROUP and PACIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL CORPORATION (dba PENCO)/AMERICAN MARINE CORPORATION, demonstrated their marine fire fighting capabilities in Honolulu Harbor. The highly trained crew of locally and internationally recognized professionals conducted an equipment deployment exercise, utilizing pumps and fire fighting monitors stored at the PENCO/AMERICAN MARINE facilities on pier 13, and operated from the deck of the M/V AMERICAN ISLANDER. The exercise was part of a vetting process, whereby the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington DC and in Honolulu  accepted RESOLVE, teaming partner T&T Bisso, and  PENCO/AMERICAN MARINE as providers of OPA90 Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting services (SMFF) in the 14th Coast Guard District.
RESOLVE MARINE GROUP and PENCO/AMERICAN MARINE have previously teamed to successfully deliver timely response and “in-water” repairs to marine casualties in Hawaii, including the foundering M/V TONG CHENG and the grounded M/V VOGETRADER. Together, RESOLVE MARINE GROUP and PENCO/AMERICAN MARINE meet or exceed the criteria for SMFF providers enumerated in the new regulations, and continue to be proactive in meeting maritime industry needs in the Pacific.
RESOLVE Marine Group comprises RESOLVE Salvage & Fire, RESOLVE Marine Services and RESOLVE Maritime Academy.  An innovative leader in marine salvage, fire & hazard response, and maritime training, RESOLVE Marine Group maintains operations bases in the USA, the UK and Singapore. RESOLVE Maritime Academy in Port Everglades, Florida, is accredited by the USCG, the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, Det Norske Veritas, and the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency. To learn more, visit www.resolvemarine.com.
PENCO is an OSRO in the 14th Coast Guard District, Honolulu, and is a well known marine, hazmat and emergency response contractor in the Hawaiian Islands and spanning the Pacific, south to American Samoa and north to Alaska. PENCO/AMERICAN MARINE works closely with Hawaii’s CLEAN ISLANDS COUNCIL and other local resource providers to meet or exceed requirements for trained response crews in Hawaii.
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RESOLVE MARITIME ACADEMY to Open New Simulation Training Center in 2012

by resolveadm on March 7, 2011
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 28, 2011 - Resolve Maritime Academy (Academy), a subsidiary of RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc. (RESOLVE), announced the expansion of its maritime safety course offerings, and plans for the opening of a new Simulation Training Center in early 2012. The Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Resolve Maritime Academy is RESOLVE’s maritime training division, specializing in shipboard fire, safety and hazardous materials response training. The Academy offers maritime certification courses for cruise line, tanker and cargo vessel personnel and private yacht crew. 
 
The Academy  is the only maritime training facility which  incorporates actual in-house emergency response experience into the curriculum, thus adding a level of realism and practical experience unmatched by other training facilities.  Academy instructors have responded to many vessel fires and worked on numerous salvage and recovery jobs and special projects undertaken by RESOLVE, and bring hands-on relevant experience to the courses they teach.
 
At the heart of the Academy training program is the T/V Gray Manatee, a 140' LOA shipboard firefighting simulator designed specifically for marine firefighting training.  The fully compartmentalized vessel simulator has over 20 separate compartments, connected by  horizontal and vertical passageways. Additionally, the multiple watertight doors and hatches, an engine room complete with a marine power plant, galley, catwalks, and other features provide the student with a challenging training environment.
 
In addition to an array of course offerings, and in response to industry demand, the Academy works with clients to meet specific training needs, such as:


 

Mobile training team (Classroom at client’s site/practical at Resolve’s Fire Fighting Trainer)
Customized classroom/practical instruction (To satisfy client Standard Operating Procedures)
On-board training (Basic & Advance Firefighting, CPR/1stAid/AED, Train the Trainer)
Shipboard inspections (Fire Hazards & Assessments)
Review and development of Shipboard Fire Fighting Procedures

 
Since its inception, the Academy has grown to become a world-renowned institution that is a Det Norske Veritas Certified Marine Training Center utilizing the ISO-9000 guidelines.
In addition to Det Norske Veritas, Resolve Maritime Academy is approved or certified by numerous internationally recognized agencies including the United States Coast Guard, UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate.  All Academy programs are administered through a rigorous Total Quality Management program. 
 
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
 
Resolve Maritime Academy is focused on the future training needs of maritime industry clients. Its proximity to Port Everglades and the ports of Miami and Palm Beach position the Academy to expand training offerings to meet the needs of the marketplace.  For example, in the area of safety training, the Academy will add a Mass Evacuation System Course to be offered at Port Everglades. 
 
In addition to safety training, the Academy will open a new Simulation Training Center in early 2012 featuring a state-of-the-art suite of simulators and classroom facilities, combined with “industry leading Maritime Human Factors Training”.  The Training Center will be located at RESOLVE’s new corporate headquarters, adjacent to Port Everglades.
 
The Simulation Training Center will initially house two DNV certified Class ‘A’ Full Mission Bridge Simulators, which offer training including:
 

Full Mission Bridge Simulator Training;
Bridge Resource Management (BRM) Engine Resource Management (ERM) training, with or without simulation;
Communication & leadership development for all ranks and employees;
Skill training for different systems as ECDIS, ARPA, DP, etc.;
Train the trainer courses incorporating aviation training principles meeting STCW demands;
Firefighting and Rescue courses, including Leadership, Command and Communication element; and
Other customized training to meet client requirements.

 
Future Simulation Training Center plans include Engine Room, Mobile Offshore Drill Unit (MODU), Anchor Handling Tug, Fast Rescue Boat and Lifeboat, and expanded safety training facilities with additional space to accommodate increasing student enrollment.
 
RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc. is a leading, multi-faceted marine services organization specializing in marine salvage, firefighting, OPA90 emergency response, wreck removal, maritime training and offshore services, worldwide. RESOLVE is ISO-9000 certified. 
To learn more visit www.resolvemarine.com and www.resolveacademy.com

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RESOLVE Achieves ISO9001 Accreditation

by resolveadm on February 10, 2011
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


RESOLVE's Quality Management System for Emergency Response, Salvage, Marine Firefighting and Lightering Services Conforms with International Standards.


Fort Lauderdale, FL, January 25, 2011- RESOLVE Marine Group, Inc., the marine salvage and firefighting company has announced its accreditation under ISO9001:2008 International Standard for Quality Management systems (QMS). To earn the certification, RESOLVE was required to:


• Monitor all operational and business processes to ensure effectiveness;
• Maintain records for all processes;
• Monitor processes for defects and take action where necessary;
• Review processes and the quality system itself for effectiveness, and
• Facilitate continual improvement.


RESOLVE's clients now have the added assurance that service delivery processes are continually reviewed and improved. Through the ISO9001 accreditation process, RESOLVE deepens its commitment to client satisfaction and timely, effective and efficient response to any maritime emergency.

RESOLVE Marine Group is an industry leading marine salvage and emergency response provider serving the shipping industry in U.S. waters and worldwide.

Visit RESOLVE at www.resolvemarine.com

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RESOLVE Salvage & Fire (AMERICAS) is USCG Approved for OPA90 Salvage & Marine Firefighting Compliance

by resolveadm on February 9, 2011
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


New OPA90  Compliance Deadline Looms for U.S. Bound Tankers
 Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 9, 2011 – RESOLVE Salvage & Fire (Americas), the emergency response division of international maritime emergency services contractor RESOLVE Marine Group, announced today that the U.S. Coast Guard has approved RESOLVE to help oil tanker vessel owners comply with new OPA90 requirements by the February 22, 2011 deadline. 
 
The USCG has already begun issuing Interim Operating Authorizations (IOA) for tank vessels that cite RESOLVE in their OPA90 Vessel Response Plans.  With an IOA in hand, RESOLVE client vessels will be permitted to continue carrying  petroleum cargoes in U.S. waters after February 22, when the new, more stringent OPA90 regulations become effective.  Vessel owners who have not yet filed Vessel Response Plans can comply with the impending USCG requirements by citing RESOLVE as their Salvage and Marine Firefighting responder and still expect timely approval of their plans by the deadline.
 
RESOLVE has pre-positioned equipment and personnel in many Captain of the Port Zones , to rapidly deploy for any tank vessel fire or other marine casualty event, anywhere in U.S. waters.  RESOLVE’s Salvage and Marine Firefighting coverage is available to tank vessel owners at no charge through 2011.
 
RESOLVE Marine Group is an industry leading marine salvage and emergency response company offering comprehensive marine firefighting, lightering, and wreck removal services as well as marine emergency response training  and reefing services worldwide. RESOLVE Marine Group comprises RESOLVE Salvage & Fire, RESOLVE Marine Services and RESOLVE Maritime Academy. To learn more, visit www.resolvemarine.com.
 

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RESOLVE, T&T Bisso Form Firefighting Coalition

by resolveadm on February 8, 2011
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Tankers and Ports to Benefit from Increased Capacity

Fort Lauderdale, FL, January 31, 2011 -- RESOLVE Marine Group and T&T Bisso have announced their coalition for Marine Firefighting services in U.S. waters. This agreement combines both companies' extensive firefighting infrastructure to produce overlapping coverage and higher volume firefighting capacity throughout the U.S. This coalition was crafted specifically to help tank vessel operators fully comply with the new Oil Pollution Act of 1990 regulations that will be effective on February 22, 2011.

The regulations require that all tanker and tank barge owners operating in U.S. waters update their existing USCG-approved Vessel Response Plan (VRP) with a Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) plan. Tank vessel owners must certify they have pre-contracted firefighting services, equipment, and trained response personnel. During the past three years, both RESOLVE and T&T Bisso developed comprehensive in-house firefighting response systems which include newly purchased, custom-built equipment and networks of trained maritime firefighters to meet any vessel response needs.

"These new regulations required a substantial capital investment just to meet the minimum planning requirements," said Captain Farhat Imam, COO of RESOLVE. "When RESOLVE talked with T&T Bisso, we both agreed that meeting the minimum regulatory requirement just wasn't enough. By combining and strategically locating our firefighting equipment - equipment owned and operated by RESOLVE and T&T Bisso -- we can assure tanker operators realistic, operational coverage for any emergency event."

Mauricio Garrido, President of T&T Bisso: "Shipboard fires don't occur that often, but when they do you must have the best gear and trained personnel available. The T&T Bisso-RESOLVE team achieves just that. The decision to pool resources was catalyzed by several tanker operators who opted to list both RESOLVE and T&T Bisso so as to ensure the best possible coverage and the reluctance of most public fire departments to support the tanker industry. We know that - together - T&T Bisso and RESOLVE have the most concrete and realistic coverage available."

The RESOLVE-T&T BISSO coalition has been well-received by the USCG during their unprecedented vetting of firefighting in each and every port. This partnership is a positive outcome of the regulatory process. Neither company reduced their outlay of equipment. Instead, where a port was double-covered, equipment was moved to outlying ports to provide faster and more effective coverage. The T&T Bisso-RESOLVE coalition pre-positions 45 high-volume marine fire pumps throughout the coverage area and makes over two million gallons of firefighting foam available throughout the U.S.

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Qatar Firefighters Learn Emergency Response at Resolve Maritime Academy

by resolveadm on December 8, 2010
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

dsc00599_400Fort Lauderdale, FL, December 8, 2010 – RESOLVE Maritime Academy,  the U.S. - based maritime emergency response training center, graduated seven students from Qatar on November 23.  The graduates, who are land-based firefighters, came to RESOLVE’s South Florida facility for a customized program of marine- oriented fire, hazardous materials and safety courses.  The  program was organized in cooperation with the National Academy for Professional Training (NAPT) in Qatar.
The students attended classes at RESOLVE Maritime Academy’s Port Everglades, Florida facilities from October 4 through November 25.  The training involved classroom time, hands- on firefighting and hazardous materials, and shipboard training aboard RESOLVE’s T/V Gray Manatee shipboard simulator during the intensive eight-week program, and included:


• 40 hr Hazwoper training
• Basic Firefighting;
• Shipboard Helicopter Fire Fighting Team
• Marine Fire Fighting for Land Based FireFighters
• Theory and Practical Training in Basic Damage Control Operations
• USCG Basic and Advanced Marine Firefighting
• 20 hr orientation to emergency salvage response course
• Elementary first aid
• USCG Personal survival
• PSSR Personal Safety & Social Responsibility
• First aid CPR/AED

The graduates, who received certificates in each of these areas, are now prepared to effectively deal with an array of maritime emergencies and mentor others in the principals and techniques learned throughout the program. RESOLVE planned the customized program with SIS-7, delivers specialized security and other training programs for government or military- sponsored  personnel worldwide. 
RESOLVE Maritime Academy specializes in shipboard firefighting, safety and hazmat response training and provides a variety of maritime certification courses for crews of tankers, cruise ships, private yachts and other vessels as well as land-based firefighters.  The Academy trains more than 1700 maritime personnel each year; more than 17,000 have been trained to date. RESOLVE Maritime Academy is a division of RESOLVE Marine Group, the industry leading marine salvage and emergency response company offering comprehensive marine firefighting, lightering, and wreck removal services as well as marine emergency response training, worldwide. To learn more, visit www.resolveacademy.com or www.resolvemarine.com.
 

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RESOLVE MARINE GROUP Stations Emergency Response Vessel in Key West

by resolveadm on December 8, 2010
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


pioneer_w_plume_400Fort Lauderdale, FL, December 6, 2010 – RESOLVE Marine Group, the U.S.-based marine salvage and firefighting company,  announced today that the RESOLVE Pioneer, has been stationed in Key West, Florida, USA.  
The Resolve Pioneer AHTS, a multi-service vessel with ice class hull and 80-ton bollard pull, is stationed in Key West for an indefinite period -- for emergency response and salvage standby for tanker and other commercial vessel casualties in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S. east coast.  The Pioneer had recently been deployed to support skimming operations throughout the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), arriving shortly after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion to lend assistance with the firefighting effort.  After the rig sank, the Pioneer was outfitted and engaged in offshore skimming operations throughout the Gulf from April until the fall of 2010.   RESOLVE Marine Group managed a fleet of 120 vessels during the GOM clean-up operations.
Since demobilization in the Gulf, the Pioneer was fitted out for enhanced fire-fighting capabilities to satisfy FiFi-1 requirements.  Two specially designed through-hull suction wells were installed to support the vessel’s on-deck firefighting equipment. The unique 16” diameter well design delivers proper flow to the vessel’s fire pumps even while underway or operating in a seaway, something difficult to achieve with typical, temporary “hose over the side” installations.  The wells provide each of the vessel’s 14” fire pumps with over 5,200 GPM of flow. 
The Pioneer is standing ready in Key West to respond to any commercial tanker, container, or bulk cargo vessel or cruise ship that might have an emergency such as a grounding, oil spill,  shipboard explosion or fire, or otherwise threaten the sensitive Keys, Caribbean, Gulf or Atlantic marine ecosystems.  It is unusual for a salvage company to pre-position a vessel like the Resolve Pioneer for “dedicated salvage” standby, with no other service retainers or assignments. The strategic positioning of the Pioneer in Key West is part of RESOLVE’s commitment to provide salvage and marine firefighting coverage in all U.S. waters.  The Pioneer is just one of the RESOLVE fleet of emergency response vessels that are standing by for rapid deployment in the event of maritime casualties in U.S. waters.  
RESOLVE has floating assets, equipment depots, and a network of emergency response providers in all major U.S. ports and COTP zones to meet the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) new requirements for Salvage and Marine Firefighting response for tanker vessels. RESOLVE meets all salvage and marine firefighting requirements for Vessel Response Plans (VRP), for full compliance with the newly amended Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90 ) regulations.   The revised USCG OPA90 regulations, with more stringent requirements for oil tanker vessels trading in U.S. waters, are effective February 22, 2011.  
By that date, tanker vessels that trade in U.S. waters will be required to name RESOLVE or another salvage and marine firefighting company in their Vessel Response Plans to comply with the new regulations.  The OPA90 regulations were designed to prevent marine casualties like the Exxon Valdez from occurring, by having emergency responders and equipment standing by for immediate deployment in all U.S. waters. RESOLVE is one of a few marine salvage companies that respond to oil tanker vessel casualties, and is the named responder for more than 1000 tankers that trade in U.S.waters. 
RESOLVE Marine Group is the industry leading marine salvage and emergency response company offering comprehensive marine firefighting, lightering, and wreck removal services as well as marine emergency response training and other services, worldwide. To learn more, visit www.resolvemarine.com.

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Resolve Marine Group Specialists Respond to an Implosion on a Ship Anchored South of the Verrazano Bridge

by resolveadm on October 26, 2010
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MIAMI- A concerted response by technical experts from US Coast Guard (USCG), New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and Resolve Salvage & Fire (Americas), Inc. averted the risk of a toxic material release from a chemical carrier anchored in Gravesend Bay near Brooklyn last week.The 135 -meter chemical parcel tanker Sichem Defiance experienced a cargo tank rupture while loading ethanol at Gravesend Bay anchorage in New York Harbor, creating a volatile situation involving highly flammable cargo.   The rupture involved significant structural damage to the deck and cargo tank boundaries as well as ethanol transfer into numerous ballast tanks that were not designed to contain flammable cargo.  The breached deck also enabled flow of ethanol vapors onto the deck of the tanker, creating a very hazardous and flammable environment, with a high risk of explosion.RESOLVE managed the sensitive operation by first conducting temporary repairs to seal the deck openings and control the flow of vapors from the affected tanks.  A plan was then developed to transfer cargo away from affected/damaged tanks in order to gain access to the damage for thorough inspection.  This included internal transfers using the ship's pumps as well as over the top transfers of ethanol using RESOLVE’s portable hydraulic chemical transfer pumps.  RESOLVE assisted in engineering the detailed transfer sequence to minimize hull stresses in way of the damaged section.  Throughout the job, RESOLVE staff conducted continuous air monitoring throughout the vessel and maintained firefighting equipment at the ready, in coordination with the New York Fire Department.
Resolve Marine Group Inc. provides emergency response around the world to vessels in distress. RESOLVE Salvage and Fire (Americas)Inc. specializes in Emergency Lightering, Firefighting, Vessel Response Plan Assistance, and OPA 90 Salvage & Marine Firefighting coverage. For more information, please visit www.resolvesalvage.com.

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RESOLVE MARINE GROUP Bucks Trend, Foregoes OPA-90 SMFF Retainer

by resolveadm on October 4, 2010
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

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Fort Lauderdale, FL, October 4, 2010 – RESOLVE Marine Group, the marine salvage and firefighting company, announced today that they will forego charging their OPA-90 clients retainer fees through 2011.  While other salvage and marine firefighting companies have announced  per vessel fees of $250 or $500 per year, RESOLVE guarantees their policy of “no retainer or administrative fees through 2011”.
 
Captain Farhat Imam, Chief Operating Officer at RESOLVE said, “We expect the OPA-90 response business sector to stabilize before we make any decision regarding 2012 fees.  RESOLVE assures the industry that any retainers the company may charge in 2012 through 2015 will be extremely competitive, and never the highest.” 
 
The USCG OPA-90 regulations finalized requirements for salvage and marine fighting response (SMFF) on December 31, 2008.  February 22, 2011 is the deadline for most Vessel Response Plans to include a SMFF section with a named and contracted primary responder.  The USCG issued further guidance on this implementation September 27th with NVIC 2-10.  RESOLVE completed a thorough review of NVIC 2-10 and adapted their response posture to better serve any plan holders contracting with RESOLVE.
 
“RESOLVE is at the forefront of this new regulatory implementation.  We are ensuring that plan holders who cite RESOLVE in their vessel response plans are meeting every letter of the new law.  RESOLVE has already issued a number of Funding Agreements, and we are ramped up to review vessel pre-fire plans through the February 22 deadline.  Some of the first plans being reviewed by the USCG since September 1st have named RESOLVE Marine Group as their primary SMFF responder,” said RESOLVE’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, Matt Hahne.
 
RESOLVE has resources and equipment depots in all major U.S. ports and COTP zones to meet the USCG’s requirements for SMFF response, under the new OPA-90 regulations.  RESOLVE personnel and equipment are located for rapid deployment to any vessel fire or casualty that could result in an oil spill, anywhere within United States waters.  With its increased capacity, RESOLVE meets all salvage and marine firefighting requirements for Vessel Response Plans (VRP), for full compliance with the newly amended Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90 ) regulations. 
 
RESOLVE Marine Group is the industry leading marine salvage and emergency response company offering comprehensive marine firefighting, lightering, and wreck removal services as well as marine emergency response training, worldwide. To learn more, visit www.resolvemarine.com/opa90

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Resolve Marine Group Opens New Orleans Operations

by resolveadm on September 14, 2010
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New Orleans, LA, September 13, 2010 – Resolve Marine Group (RESOLVE)  has opened a New Orleans base of operations at 643 Magazine Street, Suite 304.  The marine salvage, firefighting and emergency response company is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, FL and maintains operations in Theodore, Alabama, as well as London, UK and in Singapore. The New Orleans location strengthens Resolve’s commitment to the maritime industry in the Gulf states and expands the marine salvor’s reach along the Gulf Coast and into the Mississippi River corridor. Since April, RESOLVE has operated a fleet of more than 100  vessels out of Theodore, AL in support of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill skimming and related operations in four Gulf states and offshore, as a subcontractor to BP.
 
Heading RESOLVE’s  New Orleans base is former Coast Guardsmen Matthew Hahne. Hahne 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.
 
 “Matt brings to RESOLVE more than 20 years’ experience in the commercial maritime industry. He is a veteran emergency responder in south Louisiana, where he was the Navy’s liaison to the State during Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and other storms. With four  of the United States’ top fifteen ports here in the Mississippi corridor, we are well positioned to meet the emergency response needs of commercial vessels throughout the Gulf and lower Mississippi.
 
 A New Orleans presence was the logical next step in our company’s growth”,  said Joe Farrell, President and Founder of RESOLVE.
 
Hahne was most recently with the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Eighth District where he was instrumental in developing commercial ship decontamination plans for the Deepwater Horizon spill response.  While with the USCG, Hahne was recalled by the Navy Reserve to be the interim Haitian Port Director for Operation Unified Response following the 2010 earthquake.  Hahne led a multi-agency, international government-commercial team in rebuilding Haitian ports.  RESOLVE Marine Group was among those commercial team members arriving with relief supplies, and later worked with Hahne to clear obstructions and rebuild the ports.
 
Resolve Marine Group is an industry leading marine services organization with a primary focus on salvage and emergency response, worldwide.  RESOLVE offers comprehensive salvage and marine firefighting services including Emergency Response, Lightering, Towing, Cargo Recovery and Wreck Removal services, --and emergency response training through Resolve Maritime Academy.  Its divisions include Resolve Salvage & Fire (Americas), Inc., a Primary Resource Provider for ship owners and operators, that fulfills all U.S. Coast Guard OPA-90 requirements for marine salvage and firefighting in U.S. waters. RESOLVE also provides coastal recovery and reefing services. For more information, please visit  www.resolvemarine.com   www.coastalrecovery.org   www.resolvefire.com.

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Resolve Responds to Clipper Adventurer

by resolveadm on September 7, 2010
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Fort Lauderdale, FL, September 2, 2010 -
 
Cipper Adventurer

RESOLVE Marine Group, the Florida-based marine salvage, firefighting and emergency response company with worldwide operations, has been awarded the salvage of the 331-foot Clipper Adventurer cruise ship that ran aground on uncharted rocks near Nunavut in Canada's Northwest Passage on Friday, August 27.
 
The Miami-based ship owner/operator International Shipping Partners awarded RESOLVE the Lloyds Open Forum salvage contract Wednesday. The P.I. Club for the vessel is Steamship Insurance Management Services, Ltd.
 
RESOLVE's salvage master and salvage engineer arrived on the ship August 29 and immediately began assessment of damage to the 35-year-old ship, following evacuation of passengers by the Canadian Coast Guard. Plans are underway to remove fuel and perform temporary repairs to breaches in the hull in preparation to refloat and tow the vessel to Cambridge Bay. RESOLVE is working closely with the Canadian Coast Guard and other authorities to expedite the salvage.
 
Equipment from RESOLVE's Fort Lauderdale, FL and Mobile (Theodore), AL operations centers is being flown in to Cambridge Bay and Tuk, Northwest Territories and loaded on tugs for deployment to the stranded vessel. Salvage personnel will fly in from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
 
Resolve Marine Group is an industry leading marine services organization with a primary focus on salvage and emergency response, worldwide. RESOLVE has offices in New Orleans, Theodore (Mobile), London, and Singapore as well as Fort Lauderdale. RESOLVE offers comprehensive salvage and marine firefighting services including Emergency Response, Lightering, Towing, Cargo Recovery and Wreck Removal services, --and emergency response training through Resolve Maritime Academy. Its divisions include Resolve Salvage & Fire (Americas), Inc., a Primary Resource Provider for ship owners and operators, that fulfills all U.S. Coast Guard OPA-90 requirements for marine salvage and firefighting in U.S. waters. RESOLVE also provides coastal recovery and reefing services. For more information, please visit :
www.resolvemarine.com       www.resolveservices.com       www.resolveacademy.com

 

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RESOLVE Marine Group Begins Salvage of Clipper Adventurer

by resolveadm on September 3, 2010
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Fort Lauderdale, FL, September 2, 2010 -  RESOLVE Marine Group, the Florida-based marine salvage, firefighting and emergency response company with worldwide operations, has been awarded the salvage of the 331-foot Clipper Adventurer cruise ship that ran aground on uncharted rocks near Nunavut in Canada's Northwest Passage on Friday, August 27.
 
The Miami-based ship owner/operator International Shipping Partners awarded RESOLVE the Lloyds Open Forum salvage contract Wednesday. The P.I. Club for the vessel is Steamship Insurance Management Services, Ltd. 
 
RESOLVE’s salvage master and salvage engineer arrived on the ship August 29 and immediately began assessment of damage to the 35-year-old ship, following evacuation of passengers by the Canadian Coast Guard. Plans are underway to remove fuel and perform temporary repairs to breaches in the hull in preparation to refloat and tow the vessel to Cambridge Bay.  RESOLVE is working closely with the Canadian Coast  Guard and other authorities to expedite the salvage.
 
Equipment from RESOLVE’s Fort Lauderdale, FL and Mobile (Theodore), AL operations centers is being flown in to Cambridge Bay and Tuk, Northwest Territories and loaded on tugs for deployment to the stranded vessel. Salvage personnel will fly in from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
 
Resolve Marine Group is an industry leading marine services organization with a primary focus on salvage and emergency response, worldwide.  RESOLVE has offices in New Orleans, Theodore (Mobile), London, and Singapore as well as Fort Lauderdale.  RESOLVE offers comprehensive salvage and marine firefighting services including Emergency Response, Lightering, Towing, Cargo Recovery and Wreck Removal services, --and emergency response training through Resolve Maritime Academy.  Its divisions include Resolve Salvage & Fire (Americas), Inc., a Primary Resource Provider for ship owners and operators, that fulfills all U.S. Coast Guard OPA-90 requirements for marine salvage and firefighting in U.S. waters. RESOLVE also provides coastal recovery and reefing services. For more information, please visit  www.resolvemarine.com   www.coastalrecovery.org   www.resolvefire.com.
 
 

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RESOLVE Expands Singapore Presence

by resolveadm on August 16, 2010
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 RESOLVE SALVAGE & FIRE (Asia) Pte Ltd./RESOLVE MARINE GROUP EXPANDS SINGAPORE PRESENCE
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA,  August 13, 2010 -  Resolve Salvage & Fire (Asia), a division of United States based Resolve Marine Group, Inc., has expanded its presence in Singapore with the addition of Ajay Prasad, Operations and Technical Director. Prasad joins Resolve’s Managing Director- Singapore, Anuj Sahai, in the company’s Singapore office at #34-11 Centennial Towers, 3 Temasek Avenue, Singapore 039190. In addition to emergency and crisis response services, Resolve provides consulting services for operational and safety excellence to the international shipping and cruise industries, worldwide.
 
Resolve’s Singapore operation delivers a variety of services including: hands-on regional support for shipping interests in Asia; expert advice and counsel on the new United States Coast Guard’s OPA-90 requirements for all tanker vessels in U.S. waters; salvage matters; emergency crisis and response, and related training for shipping industry clients. Recently Resolve Salvage & Fire  (Asia) managed the oil spill response for the Bunga kelanatiga following a collision in the Singapore Straits, utilizing Resolve’s Asia network of emergency response suppliers and resources.
 
Capt. Anuj Sahai, Managing Director of Resolve Salvage and Fire (Asia) Pte Ltd., is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in international shipping. He has most recently been involved with an oil spill response in Singapore, and conducting Crisis Response, Risk Management and Human Factors Incident Investigation workshops for marine clients in Asia. He was previously Head, Risk and Human Factors Services with Lloyd’s Registers (MCS).
 
Capt.Ajay Prasad, Director,Operations & Technical at Resolve, has worked in the marine industry for 17 years. Previously, he was with the Eitzen Group as Marine- QE Superintendent, Chemical Tanker Operations Superintendent and most recently Senior Operations Manager (Commercial). Prasad’s focus has been operational safety reviews of chemical tankers transporting toxic and dangerous chemicals and providing expert advice to tanker masters for cargo related and other emergencies; he has led various investigations of serious marine casualties and been involved in major incident casualty responses.
 
Resolve Marine Group is an industry leading marine salvage and emergency response company offering comprehensive marine firefighting, lightering, and wreck removal services as well as marine emergency response training  and reefing services worldwide. A Primary Resource Provider for ship owners and operators, Resolve Marine Group fulfills all United States Coast guard OPA-90 requirements. For more information, please visit our websites:   www.resolvemarine.com  www.coastalrecovery.org

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Resolve Marine Joins Forces with Five Oceans Salvage

by resolveadm on July 28, 2010
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 27, 2010 - Resolve Marine Group and Five Oceans Salvage presented the new United States' OPA-90 regulations governing all tank vessels entering U.S. waters, on July 14, 2010 in Athens, Greece. Tanker and cargo ship owners, representatives and managers attended a reception hosted by Athens based Five Oceans Salvage and a presentation by Resolve Marine Group, a U.S. based salvage and marine firefighting company, to learn about the new requirements which are effective February 22, 2011. All tank and cargo vessels entering U.S. waters as of the February deadline must have filed a comprehensive Vessel Response Plan (VRP) with the U.S. Coast Guard. Captain Farhat Imam, Chief Operations Officer of Resolve Marine Group, described the specific requirements and procedures for a Vessel Response Plan in his presentation. In addition to naming a Qualified Individual, a Spill Manager and an Oil Spill Response Organization, shipping entities must name a Salvage, Firefighting and Lightering company to manage emergency and crisis response services. Resolve Marine Group presented their Funding Agreement, a pre-approved contract governing relationships with subcontractors who provide essential equipment and services in emergency response situations. The Funding Agreement effectively prevents delays in emergency response that could occur while contacts are negotiated. Resolve's Funding Agreement encompasses all necessary Salvage, Towage and Firefighting capabilities, is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard, and conforms with the International Group guidelines for salvor contracts within Vessel Response Plans. Resolve is equipped and prepared to manage all Salvage, Firefighting and Lightering requirements of OPA-90 regulations in U.S. waters. OPA-90 regulations were created in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill which had been the worst oil spill in U.S. history until the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Resolve Marine Group has been delivering a variety of services in support of oil spill skimming and clean-up activities in the Gulf since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig. Resolve also supported the firefighting response to the explosion. Resolve Marine Group is an industry-leading marine salvage and emergency response company offering comprehensive marine firefighting, lightering and wreck removal services as well as marine emergency response training, reefing, and maritime satellite-based tracking services worldwide. A primary resource provider for ship owners and operators, Resolve Marine Group fulfills all OPA-90 requirements. For more information about Resolve Marine Group, visit www.resolvemarine.com. Five Oceans Salvage specializes in salvage, towage, anchor handling and wreck removal operations worldwide. FOS has substantially invested in tugs and equipment and currently owns a fleet of six anchor handling/salvage tugs. FOS personnel combine expertise and experience in all types of casualties, and have successfully completed salvage operations and numerous anchor handling/supply and offshore support operations in Africa and Southeast Asia. For more information, visit www.fiveoceansalvage.com.




 





Resolve Marine Group and Five Oceans Salvage team members (L-R) Capt. Farhat Imam, COO and Martha Lord of Resolve, XP Constantinides, President of Five Oceans, Joe Farrell, President of Resolve, Nikolaos Pappas, Managing Director and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Commercial Director of Five Oceans.



 


Attendees listening to the presentation.






 





Nikolaos Pappas of Five Oceans welcomes attendees.



 


Capt.Farhat Imam of Resolve presents new OPA90 regulations to attendees.






 
 




Capt. Farhat Imam explains OPA-90 regulations.



 
 


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Resolve Marine Group Responds to Collision in Port Arthur, Texas

by resolveadm on March 31, 2010
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Port Arthur, TX - January 2010
 
Resolve Marine Responds to Eagle OtomeEagle Otome Accident Oil Spill

On January 23rd, an emergency response team from Resolve Salvage and Fire (Americas), Inc. responded to a call from an OPA 90-client after a crude oil tanker collided with a barge at Port Arthur in the Sabine-Neches Waterway. The barge had penetrated two of the tanker's forward cargo tanks. Locked together and grounded across the narrow channel, the casualty vessels blocked supply shipments to local refineries. Several nearby communities had begun evacuation.
 
500,000 bbl capacity oil tanker transiting inbound in the ship channel at Port Arthur, Texas loaded with crude oil had a steering failure and collided with an inland tank barge and came to rest aground and sideways in the channel with the bow of the barge stuck in the bow of the ship. The damaged breached the No. 1 S cargo tank and approx. 10,000 bbl of crude oil was spilled from the tank. The crude oil had a high hydrogen sulfide content (a very lethal gas) and resulted in the evacuation of surrounding communities. The hydrogen sulfide gas created a very hazardous environment for working on and near the ship.
 
Developed immediate plan for fire suppression and fire standby including high capacity bulk foam capability and 24 hr standby with fire teams. Stabilized the vessel in place using 4 tugs - ship and barge separated during a shift in current and were thus stabilized separately. Developed salvage plan to include lightering of cargo from through the side damage and from the wing ballast tank to drop the level of crude well below the damage to enable a safe transit condition out of the ship channel. Brought lightering barge alongside and commenced lightering operation - all salvage crew in protective air breathing apparatus and fire suits. Utilized high flow fire monitors for hydraulic ventilation to direct hydrogen sulfide vapors away from area during operations.
 
After lightering plan, developed transit plan and shifted the vessel to safe anchorage at Sun Terminal. Engineered offload sequence to minimize hull stressed in way of damage. Continued to provide FF standby and supported operation to remove hazardous cargo from all ballast tanks and clean tanks and prepare ship for transit to shipyard.
 
Resolve Marine Group, Inc provides emergency response around the world to vessels in distress. The Salvage and Fire division specializes in Emergency Salvage Response, Lightering, Marine Fire-Fighting, and can be cited in OPA 90 vessel response plans for salvage, marine firefighting and lightering coverage. For more information, please visit www.resolvesalvage.com.
 

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Deep Water Recovery

by resolveadm on February 9, 2010
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PORT EVERGLADES, FL - On December 18th Resolve Marine undertook a search to recover an anchor and over 1,000 feet of chain lost by C.V. Cap Mondego in the Port Everglades Anchorage two miles off the Fort Lauderdale beaches.

Using side scan sonar and magnetometer technologies and starting from coordinates provided by the ship, Resolve's search pattern ultimately covered approximately two square miles in waters 550 ft. deep. The electronic survey revealed several substantial anomalies in the vicinity of the point where the anchor was reportedly lost.

Based on the survey's findings, salvage tug Resolve Pioneer was outfitted with a large anchor hawk and grappling gear sized for the lost anchor and chain, an estimated weight of almost 60 tons. The tug started the physical search on January 2nd. After two days searching the area and raising several large masses of wire rigging, the tug raised a long length of heavy chain to the surface. A dive survey verified that the object hooked was indeed part of an anchor rode. Using the tug's shark jaws and main tow winch, 12 shots of chain and a ship's bow anchor were raised to the work deck. Search and recovery were completed in only a few hours.

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Resolve Marine Haiti Relief Efforts Underway

by resolveadm on January 19, 2010
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MIAMI, January 19, 2010 - Resolve Marine salvage tug Resolve Pioneer and crane barge RMG-300 carrying a team of salvage technicians, equipment and humanitarian supplies departed for Haiti early this morning. Resolve is prepared to provide services to reopen Port-au-Prince including underwater survey, wreckage removal, cargo unloading and any other assistance that may be required. The team is scheduled to arrive later this week. "We are eager to get there and help. After seeing the images of destruction and the desperation on the faces of the people on the news we knew we had to do something," said CEO Joseph E. Farrell while supervising the load out in Port Everglades, Florida. In addition to crews, specialized equipment, and support materials, Resolve is carrying aid supplies on behalf of Food for the Poor and Agape to the devastated city. Resolve is looking to help clear berthing areas for cargo shipments arriving at the main seaport in Haiti. Ships containing food and medical supplies have been forced to dock elsewhere due to the damage left by the earthquake. Reopening the central port facilities should improve logistics. Resolve has had frontline experience operating in emergency situations including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the Value Jet 592 recovery effort. Resolve Marine Group Inc. provides emergency response around the world to vessels in distress. The Marine Services division specializes inconstruction, harbor clearance, remediation of environmental damages and the restoration of biological diversity. For more information, please visit www.resolvemarine.com.

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RESOLVE Awarded Tender to Remove Fuel from Capsized Vessel in India

by resolveadm on November 2, 2009
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Salvage crews from international salvage company Resolve Marine Group, Inc. have begun recovery work this week on the iron ore carrying vessel ‘Black Rose’ which sank last month in the Bay of Bengal, India.
 
Resolve’s team was awarded the tender by the Paradip Port Trust and will be pumping some 925 tonnes of fuel oil and 50 tonnes of diesel oil, as reported by officials, from the stricken ship which sank with the loss of one life 5km off the Paradip coastline on September 9th. The accident spot is close to the Gahirmatha marine sanctuary, one of the world’s few remaining nesting sites for the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.
 
The Mongolian flagged vessel was carrying about 25,000 tonnes of iron ore fines as well as 975 tonnes of fuel oil & diesel oil, which is believed to be secure within a double bottom tank.
 
Resolve has dispatched a team of seven personnel to complete the task and will utilize local dive resources when possible. The team arrived last week and is already well underway as of this week. This team consists of a select group of salvage masters, engineers, and commercial divers who were chosen for their familiarity with this environmentally delicate project.
 
Furthermore, due to the environmentally sensitive nature of this project, the proximity to the nature preserve, and the highly flammable contents being removed, Resolve is doing everything in its power to assure that proper precautions are taken. The most environmentally friendly & proven techniques are being utilized and the pollutants will be removed in the most expeditious timeframe possible.
 
Resolve anticipates that the project will last approximately four to six weeks baring any unforeseen setbacks. Currently, the only variable Resolve can foresee as an issue is the weather in the area. There is a small window of relatively calm weather in which Resolve plans to complete this project. If there are any variations from the current forecasts or projections, Resolve will work diligently to assure its completion date is minimally altered.
 
Resolve’s project scope entails the removal of the fuel oil and diesel oil from the vessels tanks only. The capsized condition of the vessel and the remaining 25,000 tonnes of iron ore prevent the vessel from being refloated and will be treated as a wreck removal. The wreck removal will be a separate project that Resolve hopes to be tasked with given their familiarity with this project thus far.
 
Paradip Port Trust authorities chose Resolve to carry out this work because of the company’s “vast experience in salvaging fuel from sunken ships,” according to PPT chairman Mr. Raghuramiah.
 
Captain Farhat Imam, Chief Operations Officer for Resolve Marine Group, was quoted as saying,
“Given the sensitive nature of this undertaking, we want to make it noted that the Paradip Port Trust has been absolutely crucial in facilitating and expediting our efforts on this project and the cooperation, thus far, from local authorities has been excellent.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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RESOLVE MARINE Coral Shows Extensive Growth

by resolveadm on March 20, 2009
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Resolve coral Oct. 23rd, 2007 Resolve coral January 23rd, 2009
(Left) The Resolve Coral Project began Oct. 23, 2007; (Right) The Resolve Coral Project shows extensive growth as seen here on January 13, 2009











January 13th, 2009 Broward County, Florida


On a recent dive survey off of Broward County, FL, RESOLVE coral expert Clay Backus and consultant Mike Haley conducted the most recent iteration of measurements in support of the Coral Growth Project.


The findings revealed extensive growth over the 15 month project span, especially when compared to adjacent natural assemblages. Based on the successes to date, Resolve is currently exploring options to expand the scope and scale of the project in partnership with RSMAS (Rosenthiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science), University of Miami.

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RESOLVE MARINE’S Augmented Reality Training Unit (ART) Mobilizes to East Coast

by resolveadm on March 20, 2009
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December 19th, 2008 Long Beach, CA -- After another successful training season on the U.S. West Coast, Resolve's mobile Augmented Reality Training Unit (ART) is being relocated to South Florida for its seasonal rotation at Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) and the Port of Miami. The West Coast training season included training the U.S. Navy Submariners in Bangor, WA, the U.S. Marine Corp at Camp Pendleton, and numerous fire departments throughout the Western states.

The "mobile training unit" is being delivered to the U.S. East Coast to commence HazMat training for the Cruise Ship Industry during the winter months at the Florida ports.

Along with the South Florida Cruise Ship market, the ART Unit will also serve as an important training tool along the Eastern Seaboard.

The ART Unit is a technologically advanced mobile training facility that provides at your door service. For more information, please contact Mike Holloway at mholloway@resolvemarine.com

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RESOLVE MARINE Transports Azipods in Bahamas

by resolveadm on March 20, 2009
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January 10th, 2009 Freeport, Bahamas




Resolve Marine Group successfully transported a large Azipod in the Bahamas for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. The Azipod, which is a marine propulsion unit consisting of electrically driven propellers mounted on a steerable pod, weighs approximately 180 Tons. It was transported via Resolve's RMG 400 crane barge, which had to undergo ballasting and counter-weighting to ensure the safety of the project.



Leading the efforts for Resolve was Project Manager Troy Caras, Crane Operator Matthew Gaspard, barge crewmen Wes Woessner, Pedro Gonzales, Desmond Newman, and Michael Bailey and boat captain Kim Thompson.



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RESOLVE Removes Wreck in South Padre, TX

by resolveadm on January 27, 2009
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The vessel on the jetty On the jetty


(Both) The fishing vessel is hard aground the jetty


December 18th, 2008 - South Padre Island, TX


A Resolve Marine Group team has successfully removed the remains of a fishing vessel in South Padre Island, TX.


The vessel was forced onto the end of the south jetty at the south end of South Padre Island on November 23rd, 2008 during rough seas. Due to the continued exposure to large waves on the vessel, the hull eventually gave way and the vessel was broken in two.





(Left) The vessel is broken in half; (Right) The two halves are pulled from the water


Resolve's team, led by Project Manager Tim McKinnis and Troy Caras, successfully removed the two halves via crane barge. Remarkably, this project was completed without incident or any pollution.



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Double Hull Tank Barge

by resolveadm on January 19, 2009
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On November 11th, 2005 a double-hulled tank barge struck underwater debris which gouged a 35 x 6 hole in the vessels starboard bow, puncturing both hulls and damaging the number one cargo tank. The vessel was carrying approximately 5 million gallons of #6 fuel oil when it capsized approximately 30 miles offshore.

Resolve was called upon to provide a detailed salvage plan as well as all resources and expertise required to lighter the cargo and bring the hull safely afloat and deliver it to safe harbor. Resolve has built its reputation by taking on this type of unique project and was thus the most qualified emergency salvage contractor to tackle this job.

The Resolve Team of Salvage Masters, Divers and Technicians provided a heavy weather mooring plan, dive surveys, damage control, systems design and installation, dewatering, selective ballasting, contaminated ballast control, refloating, debris recovery, pollution control and safe towing of the vessel to port while minimizing the risk of any further oil leakage or pollution. (Further details can be found under our "Projects" Page.

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RESOLVE Baltimore Project Update

by resolveadm on January 5, 2009
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Workers clean one of the oily holds The cleaned holds of the SEAWITCH


(Left) Workers cleaning oily water from one of the holds; (Right) The cleaned holds of the SEAWITCH



December 2nd, 2008 - Baltimore, MD USA


Resolve's ongoing project is now a step closer to completion after the SEAWITCH was successfully moved from her dockage at the old Kurt Iron and Metal Factory to the graving dock at Sparrow's Point.

The SEAWITCH moving to her final home The SEAWITCH being pushed into the graving dock at Sparrow's Point


(Left) The SEAWITCH being pushed to her new home; (Right) The SEAWITCH entering the graving dock at Sparrow's Point.



The SEAWITCH is tied up at Sparrow's PointAfter months of preparation and cleaning, she was moved to a graving dock at Sparrow's Point and will undergo further cleaning before she can be cut up and scrapped.



To read the official USCG Unified Command press release, please click the below link:


http://www.seawitchcleanup.com/go/site/1925/









SEAWITCH Dry-docked The SEAWITCH being cut up for disposal


(Left) View of the bow of SEAWITCH; (Right) The SEAWITCH is dry-docked at Sparrow's Point where it is being cut up for disposal.


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RESOLVE Called to Costa Rica to Refloat Grounded Dredge

by resolveadm on December 12, 2008
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Waves crashing over the dredge


(Left and Right) Fifteen foot swells continue to batter the stranded dredge


Puerto Limon, Costa Rica- Nov. 20th, 2008







Resolve Marine Group, Inc. was activated on November 20, 2008 to send a Salvage Team to Costa Rica to make a fuel transfer and refloat the stranded dredge. The vessel broke free of its anchorage during rough weather that saw swells reach 5 meters.










(Left) The vessel is being pushed onto the rocks; (Right) Heavy seas continue to surround the site of the casualty








Resolve's team continues to battle rough seas that have made the project difficult at times. Dive surveys and defueling operations are underway and the team is testing all of the vessels compartments by dewatering and/or inducing air into them.


The salvage team is led by Salvage Masters Frank Leckey and Rich Habib, Salvage Officer Ray Fortin, Project Coordinators Eric Shelley and Clay Backus, and Divers Mike Carista, Andrew White, and Bill Rittenhouse.



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RESOLVE Responds to Grounded Barges at Foot of Active Volcano in Montserrat, Lesser Antilles

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Grounded barge in Montserrat Montserrat from offshore


(Left) One of the barges aground due to the effects of Hurricane Omar; (Right) The active volcano on Montserrat


Montserrat, Lesser Antilles-Oct.17th 2008







Resolve Marine Group, Inc. was called upon to respond to two grounded barges in Montserrat at the foot of an active volcano.



The barges were being towed via tug when the effects of Hurricane Omar caused them to break away and run aground.








The 230' tank barge high and dry Grounded barge in Montserrat


(Left and Right) The 230' tank barge sitting high and dry 60 feet from the shoreline





One of the barges was refloated within a few days of the hurricane and taken to anchorage, while the other remained high and dry, approximately 60 feet from the shoreline until Resolve's team could assess the situation and refloat it.


The Volcano at night


(Left) The glowing volcano at night; (Right) Progress can be seen on the jobsite


This grounded 230' tank barge was carrying approximately 30 tons of heavy fuel residuals and was resting at the foot of the active volcano making its location difficult to access. The volcano was last active as recent as August of 2008, prompting Resolve to have vessels on standby in the event of an eruption.











(Left) The roller bladders placed under the barge; (Right) Creating a ramp/launch-way for refloating the barge


Using "roller bladders", which were placed underneath the barge and a tug which pulled the barge off of the beach, the barge was successfully refloated and taken to anchorage on November 6th, 2008.





(Left) The barge is in the last stage of the final refloat process; (Right) Roller bladders placed under the barge





(Both) The barge entering the water as it is refloated





(Left) The barge entering the water; (Right) The barge is completely refloated


Resolve's Response team was led by Senior Salvage Master Frank Leckey, Salvage Techs Clay Backus, Beau Hartwick, and Salvage Divers Wes Woessner and Michael Carista.


Less than one month later, on November 28th, the volcano erupted again with a pyroclastic explosion that sent ash 40,000 ft into the air and decimated the area where our salvage team was working.



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Load-Out Completed by RESOLVE

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The Navy tugs waiting to be loaded


(Left) The Navy barges await to be loaded; (Right) Resolve's team secures the self propelled barge to crane rigging




Mobile, AL- November 20th, 2008




Resolve Marine Group recently completed a heavy lift project in Mobile, AL. The load-out entailed loading and securing 10 side-loading warping tugs for the Navy that weighed approximately 100 Tons each.






(Left) One of the Navy tugs being loaded onto the barge; (Right) The loaded tugs on the ocean going barge

Using the RMG 250 Crane Barge, Resolve was able to lift the "tugs" onboard an ocean going barge. Leading the efforts for Resolve was Troy Caras and crane operator Danny Horning.




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Montserrat Salvage

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High and dry


(Left) Interesting job removing barges at the foot of an active volcano!; (Right) One of the grounded barges


The barge high and dry A tank barge grounded after Hurricane Omar


(Left) The barge is high and dry, 60 ft from the shoreline; (Right) The barge was grounded due to the effects of Hurricane Omar


View of the Work Site


(Left) The barge seen from the inbound supply vessel; (Right) Coming upon the site





(Left) A flyover reveals progress on the job site; (Right) Some of the equipment used on the job, "roller bladders" can be seen in the background





(Both) The roller bladders have are being placed under the barge in anticipation of the refloat





(Left) The roller bladders under the barge; (Right) A dozer excavates/grades the shoreline to create a launch-way for refloating





(Left) The barge is in the final stage of the refloat process; (Right) The roller bladders underneath the barge





(Both) The barge enters the water as it is refloated





(Left) The barge entering the water; (Right) The barge is refloated and headed to anchorage



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RESOLVE President Recognized by Seafarer’s House

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RESOLVE Finishes Derelict Vessel Removal in Louisiana

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(Left) One of the vessels being lifted out of the water; (Right) A Resolve team member torch cutting one of the derelict barges





Lake Pontchartrain, LA - December, 2nd 2008




Resolve Marine Group, Inc. has finished an ongoing project in the waterways surrounding New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, LA. The project, which had ran from August 14th through December 1st, entailed the removal of 13 derelict vessels that remained in and around Lake Pontchartrain after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.




The badly deteriorated vessels, which ranged from crane barges to shrimp boats, were partially submerged and had been posing pollution and/or navigational hazards where they were located.

Resolve's team removed the vessels from the waterways via a crane barge. Once they were removed and placed on the barge, they vessels were cut up and dismantled.




Making this 3 1/2 month project a success were Salvage Masters Tim McKinnis and Todd Duke, Asst. Salvage Master Ben Bailey, Crane Operator Danny Horning, Logistics Coordinator Jen Riefler, Dive Master Robert Tyson, Divers Bill Rittenhouse, Wes Woessner, Wayne Maichak, Ricardo Ormeno, Troy Caras, Trent Varnish, Adam Lincoln, and Daniel Ciotta, Salvage Techs Brad Bryars and Dirk McKinnis, and Capt. Robert Stamps.



Read the article associated with the video clip from The Times-Picayune at this link:


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Capt. Rich Habib and Bill Crothers, CPA Join Resolve Marine

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Resolve President Joseph Farrell welcomes Capt. Rich Habib Resolve President Joseph Farrell welcomes CFO Bill Crothers


Resolve President Joe Farrell welcomes Capt. Rich Habib (pictured left) and CFO Bill Crothers (pictured right)





December 1st, 2008- Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA


Resolve Marine Group of Fort Lauderdale has announced that Capt. Rich Habib, Senior Salvage Master and Bill Crothers, Chief Financial Officer have joined the company.


Rich brings over 30 years of experience in the Emergency Response and Salvage industry. He is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and has a degree in physical oceanography. He has successfully completed various significant salvages worldwide and is known throughout the industry as one of the premier Salvage Masters.


Bill brings 20+ years of financial and accounting experience with national and regional public accounting firms at a time when strategic plans for worldwide growth and unsteady economic times require careful planning and financial acumen. He is a graduate of Colgate University with a degree in economics and has been a Florida Certified Public Accountant since 1993. He spent the last three years at the firm McGladrey-Pullen prior to joing Resolve.


Resolve specializes in marine emergency response operations, contingency training and project management support to the marine shipping, offshore oil industries, the global marine insurance community, and the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy. Resolve is the named provider of salvage services in nearly half of the vessel response plans on file with the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Dive Team Commences Underwater Painting Project on Beau Rivage

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One of the 35 nodes to be painted under the Beau Rivage A diver's helmet, taped up to keep the helmet from getting painted



(Left) One of the 35 nodes to be painted under the Beau Rivage; (Right) A diver's hat is taped up to keep it from getting painted during the project









A three man Resolve dive team consisting of Ricardo Ormeno, Trent Varnish, and John Hancock began the second phase of work at the Beau Rivage casino/hotel in Biloxi, MS today.

Utilizing a specialized underwater paint, the team will begin painting 35 nodes under the water line on two of the five submerged barges. (A node is the area where all the I-beams meet on the topside of the barge) The team will begin by pressure washing, then sandblasting before the paint can be applied to the nodes.





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RESOLVE Completes Load-Out

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(Both) The RMG 250 Crane Barge lifts the modules onto the ocean going barge.


Resolve Marine Group, Inc., was recently hired to load and secure 12 modules onboard an ocean going barge in Theodore, AL. The modules were actually side loading warping tugs for the Navy.

This project was completed using Resolve's heavy lift crane barge RMG 250 and 110 Ton crane barge KS 5002. Resolve's team, led by Oscar Lopez, included crane operator Danny Horning, riggers Chris Bailey, Frank Vaughn, Michael Newburn, Matthew Lucious, and Mark Workman.




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RESOLVE PIONEER Delivers Tanker Ahead of Storm

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RESOLVE Successful in Emergency Refloat

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The barge hard aground The barge hard aground on the levee

The barge is hard aground on the levee

Resolve Marine Group, Inc. was recently hired to refloat a large launch barge in Louisiana.

Pulling her off the leveeThe Pioneer pulling the barge off of the levee for refloat

(Left & Right) The RESOLVE PIONEER pulling the barge off of the levee


The 245 foot barge was hard aground on a levee in the Michoud Canal, which is in the surrounding New Orleans area. There was a major concern that the barge might be pushed through the levee due to the possible threat of Hurricane Ike.


This time sensitive mission was led by project managers Todd Schauer and Troy Caras, salvage/dive technicians Wes Woessner, Bill Rittenhouse, and Rudy DeJesus, and Capt. Bill Stetcher, Robert Stamps, Marty Dempsey, Matt Logan, Andy Moon, Al Breed, and Ed Champagne of the RESOLVE PIONEER and tug LEWIS M.



Initially Resolve was going to secure the barge with multiple anchors. Instead the team ballasted her down on one side and refloated her. The RESOLVE PIONEER was used to tow the barge off of the levee and down the canal while the tug LEWIS M assisted at the stern.

The Pioneer towing the barge in the canalThe Pioneer towing the barge in the canal

(Left & Right) The Resolve Pioneer tows the barge away from the levee in the canal as the tug Lewis M assists at the stern


Once again, Resolve has proven that it has the equipment and staff to be readily available for any emergency response 24/7.

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RESOLVE Refloats Grounded Container Ship in Miami

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The grounded container ship Lifting the pump from the support vessel to the container ship


(Left) The container ship grounded at Government Cut; (Right) Lifting the pump onto the vessel


The grounded vessel off the shipping channel


-Miami, FL U.S.A.


Resolve Marine Group, Inc. was called upon to refloat a grounded container ship at the entrance to the Port of Miami. The vessel lost power and steering capabilities which caused it to run hard aground just off the shipping channel at Government Cut at the entrance to Port of Miami, FL.
The vessel sustained a 1 inch by 2 inch hull breach in way of the engine room which was secured by divers. Although the breach had been secured, the engine room had suffered substantial flooding; a half meter above the engine room deck, and needed to be pumped out before the vessel could be refloated.

The Resolve team included Frank Leckey, Peter Robinson, Bill Novillo, Clay Backus, Sean McFadden, and Ryan Morrison. After several hours of pumping the engine room, the high tide came in and with the support of two tugs, the vessel was successfully refloated around 8:45 p.m. on Thursday the 14th of August.

The flooded engine room




















The vessel was then "pushed" via tug to a terminal at Port of Miami where the remainder of the water in the engine room and cargo hold, which had taken on water, was pumped out.

















Once the engine room and cargo hold had been pumped out, a clean-up team was sent to power wash and clean the polluted compartments.














































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RESOLVE Crew Dismantles Platform in Mobile Bay

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(Left) The lower section of the platform is rigged for lifting; (Right) Two of the three platform sections on the barge


Mobile, AL-Oct. 11th 2008


A Resolve team recently completed dismantling a satellite platform in Mobile Bay.




The platform was taken apart in three sections, each weighing in at an estimated 100 tons. Resolve's crew used the RMG 250 Crane Barge to lift each section onto the barge after each pile had been cut.




Resolve's team included Crane Operator Danny Horning, Riggers Chris Bailey and Frank Vaughn, and Night Watchman Brad Jackson.





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RESOLVE Successful in Complex Refloat of SEAWITCH in Baltimore

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The SEAWITCH prior to refloating After refloat


(Left) The SEAWITCH prior to refloating; (Right) The SEAWITCH after refloating

On Sunday September 14, 2008 Resolve successfully re-floated the remains of the C/V SEAWITCH. The refloating of the SEAWITCH was divided into two shifts. The day shift was responsible for starting the process and removing the bulk of the water from the wreck. The night shift took over from where the day shift left off and stripped the tanks of any remaining water.




Prior to refloat After the refloat





(Left) The hull of the SEAWITCH is full of water before refloating begins; (Right) The vessels hull is emptied of water after the refloating process


During the day it took about 10 hours to empty the water from the holds and forward ballast tanks. The refloat plan was developed by a joint team effort between Resolve engineers and Glosten Associates. Our team of engineers included Roger Guerard, Kody Kurtz, and Todd Schauer. Glosten Associates was represented by Brad Lamkin. The Pump sequence was designed to minimize the stresses incurred within the hull during the refloat. The pumping was divided into two teams; the forward pump team led by Ray Fortin, the project's salvage master, and the aft pump team led by Todd Schauer. The two teams were comprised of Peter Brause, Jeff Thompson, Ron Pushak, and Brad Jackson.


In addition to using pumps, Resolve also implemented chain pullers to stabilize the vessel during refloat. The chain pullers, one on each side of the vessel, were connected to chains that ran underneath the vessel. The purpose of the chains was to prevent the vessel from rolling during refloat. The chain pullers were operated by Mike Carista, Timothy Hartwick, Beau Hartwick, Ivan Perez, James Hartwick, and Tom Crawford. Each chain puller was assisted with a crane to help move the chain. Each crane was skillfully operated by Ken Bradford and Jeremy Pulliam. Other members of the crew were on site helping out where ever a helping hand was needed. Both the project manager, Mike Morris, and the Manager of the staging area, Sean McAleer, could be found helping the pump teams lifting pumps and securing lines. Leah Broadwater, the project

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Resolve Team Refloats Hurricane Ike Casualty

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Barge aground Crane assisting with roller bladders


(Left) The Resolve team prepares for roller bladder placement; (Right) A crane assists in moving a roller bladder


Oct. 11th 2008, Port Arthur, TX




Resolve Marine was hired to refloat a 297' tank barge which was forced ashore due to Hurricane Ike. Because the barge was mostly ashore on solid ground, the Resolve team was faced with the task of using roller bladders which were placed under the barge and filled with air.



The roller bladders under the barge for refloating The barge being moved into the water







(Left) The roller bladders in place under the barge; (Right) The barge, aided by the roller bladders, a tug, and a bulldozer is in the final stages of being refloated





The team refloated the barge using the roller bladders under the barge, along with a bulldozer which pushed the barge on land towards the water, and a tug which pulled the barge into the water.





Heading the Resolve team was Project Manager/Salvage Master Ray Fortin, Project Coordinator/Salvage Tech Clay Backus, and Diver/Salvage Tech Shawn Hampton.




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RESOLVE Continues Derelict Vessel Clean Up

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Resolve Mobilizing equipment from the U.S. Gulf Facility in Mobile Resolves 60 Ton American 7720 Crane lifting the vessel out of the water


(Left) Resolve mobilizes equipment to Louisiana from its U.S. Gulf Response Facility in Mobile, AL; (Right) The 60 Ton American 7720 Crane lifts wreckage out of the water











Resolve on the job site

Resolve was recently hired by the USCG to clean up a number of derelict vessels in the waterways surrounding New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. The vessels have remained in their current conditions since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Having removed hundreds of similar hurricane casualties, Resolve is very familiar with removing derelict vessels of the size, type, and number that are involved in the operation.







What makes this job so challenging is that the vessels are in very shallow waters, making it impossible for the larger tug to access. Therefore, Resolve is using a truckable sized tug of shallow draft that can be mobilized on the deck of the RMG 60 Crane Barge and deployed via the crane barge.












Resolve mobilized the RMG 60 Crane Barge using the tug Lewis M until it reached the draft area. Thereafter the tug Joey took the RMG 60 the rest of the way to the various job sites. All of the derelict vessels are currently posing pollution and/or navigational hazards where they are located.



















Resolve has continued to pull vessels and debris from the water over the past few months. After they are pulled out of the water, they are cut up onboard the support barge.





Lifting the wreckage onto the barge


(Left) One of the derelict vessels is lifted onto the barge; (Right) A Resolve crewmember cuts a derelict vessel barge up with a torch.




Resolve is led by Project Manager Tim McKinnis, Project Coordinator Jennifer Riefler, crane operator Danny Horning, divers, Wayne Maichak, and Robert Tyson, and salvage technicians Brad Bryars and Dirk McKinnis.


Read the article associated with the video clip from The Times-Picayune at this link: http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2008/11/fema_pays_to_clean_waterways_o.html




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RESOLVE Performs Underwater Construction and Repairs to Neptune Memorial Reef

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Abundance of marine life that Resolve monitors Plaques of loved ones resting at Neptune Reef One of the many sculptures at the Neptune Memorial


(Left) Abundance of marine life which Resolve has been monitoring; (Middle) Final resting place for cremated loved ones; (Right) One of the many sculptures at the project area













Resolve Marine Group recently sent a team of marine biologists and commercial divers to the Neptune Memorial Reef off of Key Biscayne. The Neptune Reef is a man-made memorial which serves as a final resting place for cremated loved ones and as a sanctuary for marine life.

More drilling on the Neptune Reef Holes Resolve has drilled to facilitate stabilization A Resolve diver drilling on the Neptune Reef


(Right & Left) A Resolve diver drills on the Neptune Reef; (Middle) Eight inch holes Resolve has drilled out to facilitate stabilization of the reef structure




The Resolve team has been cutting, welding, and drilling to facilitate stabilization of the underwater structures, as well as conducting ongoing biological monitoring to assess the quality of the marine life surrounding the Neptune Reef.

The most recent dive included marine biologists, Dr. Mike Haley and Clay Backus, as well as members of our commercial dive team, Wes Woessner and Rudy DeJesus. Check back for updates as this is an ongoing project.

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Bob Umbdenstock Joins RESOLVE

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Joseph Farrell and Bob Umbdenstock


(Left to Right) President Joseph E. Farrell welcomes Bob Umbdenstock to Resolve










Resolve Marine Group of Fort Lauderdale has announced that Mr. Bob Umbdenstock, marine response industry executive and consultant, has joined our team.



Bringing 30 years of management experience in heavy marine salvage, wreck removal, and spill response operations, Bob will focus on the development and marketing of the emergency response capabilities that Resolve offers to vessel owners and managers for compliance with national planning requirements as well as Resolve's worldwide strategic growth.



Resolve specializes in marine emergency response operations, contingency training and project management support to the marine shipping, offshore oil industries, the global marine insurance community, and the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy. Resolve is the named provider of salvage services in nearly half of the vessel response plans on file with the U.S. Coast Guard.

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RESOLVE at 18th Annual Clean Gulf Conference and Exhibition

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Representing Resolve Marine Group


(Above) Representing Resolve from left to right; Todd Duke, Ryan Morrison, President Joseph Farrell, and Todd Schauer


San Antonio, TX- Oct. 28th-30th 2008





Resolve Marine Group, Inc. attended the 18th Annual Clean Gulf Conference and Exhibition held at the Henry B. Gonzales Conference Center in San Antonio, TX last week.





The conference focused on Oil and Haz-Mat Spill Prevention, Response, Environmental, Port Security, and Marine Fire & Hazard issues as well as real challenges, trends, and solutions that are experienced in the industry.





Resolve impressed the 2,000 plus attendees by showcasing its wide variety of services and very unique portfolio that is growing every day.





Representing Resolve was President Joseph Farrell, Todd Schauer, Bob Umbdenstock, Todd Duke, and Ryan Morrison.

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RESOLVE Barge and Crane Complete Offshore Project

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The 100 Ton American 999 Crane lifting pilings The American 999 lowering a piling for placement Some of the pilings in place


(Left) Crane lifting piling; (Middle) Lowering piling for placement; (Right) Pilings in place





Resolve Marine Group was recently hired by a Louisiana firm to assist in an offshore project. The job requires the use of a Resolve support barge and the 110 Ton American 999 crane which were sent from Resolve's U.S. Gulf Coast Response Facility.




The crane will support in the loading and placement of pilings for an oil rig platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Among the Resolve team members are Danny Horning, Ben Bailey, and Chris Bailey who are currently working 24 hour shifts until the job is complete.

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Resolve Transplanted Coral Shows Rapid Growth

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Resolve's work on coral reef restoration (together with Coastal Recovery by Farrell), has so far yielded excellent results. Resolve has placed artifical ceramic structures on the ocean floor to restore 3 dimensional structure, and then transplanted live coral onto the artificial reef structures. Over time, the coral overgrows these structures, gradually transforming an artificial creation into a thriving natural coral reef .

Staff Marine Biologist Dr. Michael Haley has been working with University of Miami biologists to rehabilitate damaged corals and restore live corals to damaged sites in South Florida. Mike and his team have been harvesting corals growing on the Osborne Tire Reef off Ft. Lauderdale, which consists of more than 2 million tires put down in the 1970s, and which is slated for removal. Resolve/Coastal Recovery carefully removes the corals growing on top of these tires and transports them to the University of Miami's laboratory on Rickenbacker Cay, one of the only facilities in the country that can successfully rear and fragment corals. Resolve has now transplanted corals grown in the lab. back into the sea to study how this technique can help damage from ship groundings.


So far, this study has yielded excellent results. The branching coral transplanted on the ceramic structures has increased in size by more than 67% in three months, a rate of growth that equals corals kept in the laboratory under ideal conditions, and actually exceeds the growth of the same species growing in the wild nearby. At current growth rates, the artificial reef structures will be overgrown by live coral in 1-2 years, and therefore this technique shows that coral reefs can be restored using this technique. Resolve and Coastal Recovery are the only private companies in the US that has now demonstrated the ability to restore coral reefs after they have been damaged.

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RESOLVE Completes Extensive Project for BORCO in Bahamas

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Resolve Pioneer on the jobsite Offshore Jetty


RESOLVE PIONEER at the project The Offshore Jetty

Resolve Marine Group recently finished yet another challenging job that was met with many engineering feats featuring the recovery and repair of the BORCO Offshore Jetties.

Lowering a piling One of the supports for the catwalks


(Left) A piling being lowered; (Right) One of the catwalk supports




Resolve was hired by BORCO (Bahamas Oil Refining Company) to dismantle existing bridge supports of the Old Small Jetty offshore platform and then to fabricate and install new leg braces.



RMG 300 placing a catwalk on the support Vessel docked at the Jetty

(Left) The RMG 300 and American 11320 placing a catwalk section; (Right) A vessel docked at the jetty

The Old Small Jetty was submerged and was resting atop several supply pipelines. The estimated dead weight of this platform was 1,423,236 lbs and an unknown amount of additional burden from accumulated sand, sediments, marine growth, etc. The salvage included chain cutting and recycling the segments.Resolve also removed nine damaged pipelines in the vicinity of the Old Small Jetty.

Once the Old Small Jetty portion of the project had been completed, Resolve installed 15 catwalks on the New Large Jetty. This was accomplished by using the RMG 300 Barge and the American 11320 Crane to support and lift the catwalks and pilings into place. The operation, though difficult at times proved to be another Resolve success.

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RESOLVE Begins Challenging Job in Baltimore

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An arial view of the SEAWITCH The SEAWITCH seen from the dock


(Left) An arial view of the SEAWITCH; (Right) The SEAWITCH seen from the the dock







Resolve Marine Group, led by Project Manager Todd Schauer, recently began a challenging job assessing and remediating the derelict vessel SEAWITCH at the site of the former Kurt Iron and Metal facility in Baltimore, Maryland. The SEAWITCH was used for oil storage during the scrapping of naval and commercial vessels while the facility was in operation.




Resolve's LANA ROSE towing the RMG 300 Resolve's RMG 300 barge and 400T 11320 crane lifting a piling Resolve diver ready to be washed off


(Left) The Lana Rose mobilizing from The Bahamas to Baltimore; (Middle) The 450 Ton American 11320 Crane lifts a piling out of the water; (Right) A Resolve diver following an assessment dive





Todd Schauer, Joe Farrell III, and Todd Duke

The remediation plan calls for a systematic refloating and surface cleaning of the vessel to bring it to a visually clean and verifiable condition. Before this can be accomplished multiple dive assessments and water tests will be conducted to ensure the most environmentally friendly outcome.




With a 100% success rate, Resolve is known as the industry leader in site remediation and derelict vessel cleanup. This will prove to be another success we can add to our resume.







Below is an interesting bit of history about the SEAWITCH


From Professional Mariner Magazine:






Loss of steering led to fiery collision in New York's Verrazano Narrows



The SEAWITCH before her accident


The SEAWITCH before her collision


The fire aboard the tanker The SEAWITCH after her collision


After the collision, the crude oil aboard the tanker caught fire, creating a ball of flames that licked the car deck of the bridge 228 feet above the water's surface. [Associated Press photos]

John Delach






Just before midnight on May 30, 1973, CV Sea Witch left Staten Island, N.Y., carrying 445 containers below deck and 285 containers above deck. Built by Bath Iron Works in 1968, it was small by today's standards. Sea Witch had a length of 610 feet overall and a gross tonnage of 17,902. The bridge and officer's quarters were located forward of the holds, while the machinery spaces and crews' quarters were aft, giving the ship the appearance of a fat Great Lakes boat.


John T. (Jack) Cahill, the pilot, active since 1948, took charge as the ship sailed east toward St. George, Staten Island. In addition to Cahill, Capt. John Paterson and three other members of the vessel's crew occupied the compact bridge. Paterson had also positioned the chief mate and two seamen on the forecastle to help spot other marine traffic and to be ready to lower the anchors should an emergency arise.


Twenty-nine minutes after midnight, Cahill ordered the speed increased to full harbor speed of 13.4 knots. With the ebb tide traveling at approximately 2 to 3 knots, Sea Witch's actual speed was about 15 knots. As the ship passed the ferry terminal at the tip of St. George, he directed the helmsman to bring the ship to a heading of 167_ in order to begin transiting the Narrows separating Staten Island from Brooklyn. Seven minutes later he corrected the course to 156_.


When the ship did not respond as expected, the helmsman told the captain that Sea Witch was no longer steering. Paterson remarked, "That damn steering gear again." He attempted to correct the problem by transferring steering control from the starboard system to the port system. Cahill also took corrective action ordering, "Hard left rudder."


Both the captain's and the pilot's attempts proved futile. The port and starboard units fed into a single mechanism controlled by a faulty "key," a device similar to a cotter pin that had come undone. Without it, all steering control was lost, and Sea Witch was being forced out of the channel toward Staten Island.


Cahill immediately ordered the engines to full astern and the crew on the bow to let go the port anchor. He blew a series of short rapid blasts on the ship's whistle signaling that Sea Witch was in distress and ordered the general alarm bell rung to alert the crew, many of whom were in their quarters.


The tanker Esso Brussels lay anchored in the southernmost Narrows anchorage just north of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The tanker carried 319,402 barrels of light Nigerian crude destined for Exxon's Bayway Refinery. Esso Brussels was a handsome ship built in 1960. At 25,906 grt, it retained classic tanker lines with its bridge and the officer's quarters located amidships, while the engines and aft deckhouse were located toward the stern.


Capt. Constant Dert commanded a mixed European crew of 36 men and one woman, Gisele Rome, the first steward.


The bow crew on Sea Witch couldn't release the port anchor. By now, it was closing in on Esso Brussels and Cahill locked the whistle to sound continuously. The first mate ordered his men to release the starboard anchor. They freed the windlass, but the chain would not run. Cahill and Paterson ordered them off the bow, and they retreated behind the forward superstructure. Only two and a half minutes after the pilot and captain realized the ship was out of control, Sea Witch was a mere 200 feet from the starboard side of Esso Brussels. Cahill advised Paterson to clear the bridge, and they made it as far as the boat deck behind the forward superstructure when the night exploded.


About two minutes before impact, the mate standing watch on Esso Brussels's bridge heard Sea Witch's whistle. His first thought was that the disabled ship would pass astern of his tanker, but as it continued to veer in his direction he sounded the alarm, awakening the crew.


Sea Witch rammed its reinforced bow into the starboard side of the tanker between the midship and aft deckhouses, piercing three cargo tanks. The conflagration was instantaneous and flaming oil began to spread rapidly. Capt. Dert supervised the crew as they lowered the motorized aft port lifeboat. Despite the chaos, the crew managed to launch the boat, only to have trouble releasing it from its lines. That accomplished, a mate tried to turn a hand crank to start the engine, but the space needed was filled with terrified crew, making this impossible. A last attempt to row away from the advancing fire was thwarted by the engines of Sea Witch, now in reverse, which pulled both ships down the Narrows despite the resistance from the tanker's anchors. The movement created suction, pinning the lifeboat against the tanker and forcing the crew to jump in a desperate hope of escaping the flames that rounded the stern.


The fireboat Firefighter arrived minutes after the collision. The Firefighters could not tell that two ships were involved as both vessels were enveloped in a sea of flames that extended 3,000 yards in front of them.


The inferno began to create havoc on board Sea Witch as the contents of the on-deck containers quickly caught fire and began to explode. Aerosol cans of hair spray, shaving cream and spray paint exploded, turning into lethal projectiles that tore through the air.


The crew first took shelter near the stern, outside the aft deckhouse, but the heat, smoke and blast effects of exploding containers drove them inside. Their cabin of refuge had a half-inch fire hose that they used to spray the bulkheads, deck and overhead. They watched in horror as the water evaporated into steam. Without the fire hose, they would have been baked to death, because the fire department didn't find them for almost an hour and a half. The hose kept them alive, but they had to endure a hurricane of noise and pressure that assaulted their senses and sanity as containers, their cargoes and the ship's own gear erupted.


By then the life and death struggle of Esso Brussels's crew had played itself out. Tugs rescued the survivors, but 13 of the crew were lost.


Flames from the burning oil radiated 200 feet out from both ships and rose so high that as the ships passed under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, they scorched the bottom of the bridge, 228 feet above the water's surface. Fortunately, the wreck passed under the bridge quickly, preventing the steel from suffering heat damage. South of the bridge, the ships grounded in Gravesend Bay.


Firefighters tackled the fire blazing on the port side of Esso Brussels. Amazingly, despite the intensity of the blaze, none of the oil that remained in the vessel's intact tanks caught fire. It was only when the Firefighters extinguished the fire on the port side that they realized the bow of Sea Witch was embedded in the starboard side and that two vessels were involved in the inferno. They then proceeded along the port side of the container ship toward its stern.


Fires onboard Sea Witch continued to spread as the contents of more and more containers caught fire or exploded. Breathing was an ordeal even though the trapped crew covered their faces with wet towels and knelt down on the deck. Sensing that their desperate plight was not improving, Cahill took the initiative to signal rescuers. He grabbed a blanket, had it soaked with the hose, wrapped it around himself and stepped outside waving his flashlight toward Firefighter. The crew spotted Cahill and, using their water cannons, fought through the flaming water to reach the stern. Two ladders were raised from the fireboat, allowing the 30 trapped men to descend to safety.


The fires on Esso Brussels were mostly under control once daylight arrived and the Coast Guard and fire department agreed to have tugs separate the vessels. After the tanker was refloated, the fireboats easily extinguished what little oil continued to burn.


Sea Witch was in much worse condition, as almost all the on-deck containers were still burning. Four fireboats were ordered to use maximum water power to put out the fires. This caused a list of 25_ and forced the firefighting crews to reduce their efforts to two nozzles from a single fireboat. Containers burned or smoldered for several days before the fire was declared under control.


Exxon worked with the Coast Guard and fire department to unload the remaining cargo from the tanker into barges that carried it to the refinery. Once empty, Esso Brussels was towed to the Bethlehem Shipyard in Hoboken, N.J., to await disposition.


The Coast Guard estimated that of the 319,000 barrels of oil the tanker carried, 16,000 barrels escaped after the collision. What didn't burn washed up on Staten Island, Bay Ridge and Coney Island, but the same low flash point that made this crude so volatile also caused most it to evaporate.


Salvage of the containership was far more complicated. It wasn't until June 14 that a salvage crew was able to pump out enough water from below decks to bring the vessel back to an even keel. CO2 was pumped into the holds to stabilize the contents of the containers stored under deck, and the remaining fires in the on-deck containers were extinguished. Sea Witch was offloaded, and then towed to a pier at the former Brooklyn Navy Yard, where it would remain for eight years.


Coast Guard hearings opened on Monday, June 4, and it quickly came to light that Sea Witch had had frequent steering problems. The investigation revealed that 10 incidents involving the steering had occurred since 1969. The immediate response from the Coast Guard was to advise all operators of vessels with similar steering systems to modify the mechanics to prevent a failure.


Exxon sold the tanker to the Greek ship owner John D. Latsis on an "as is where is" basis. He had the vessel towed to Piraeus, Greece, where it was rebuilt and sailed under a variety of names for several of his companies until it was withdrawn from service and scrapped in 1985.


Various American maritime firms expressed interest in salvaging the stern sections of Sea Witch. It was finally towed to Newport News Shipbuilding's yard in Virginia. All spaces forward of the engine room deckhouse were cut off and scrapped. They were replaced by a new fore body built at the yard. Converted to a Jones Act U.S.-flag chemical carrier, it was renamed Chemical Discoverer and still sails today as Chemical Pioneer.


John Delach worked in the marine insurance industry for over 30 years as a claims agent, steamship representative, surveyor and broker. Since retiring in 2000, he has been pursuing a second career as a writer.










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