RESOLVE Team Drydocks Tug

by resolveadm on August 25, 2008
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The tug FRANCES STEVENS being lifted out of water The tug being moved towards the dock The tug being lowered to the blocks


(Left) The FRANCES STEVENS being lifted out of water; (Middle) The tug being moved towards the dock; (Right) The tug being lowered to blocks on the dock




Resolve Marine Group, Inc. was contracted by Construction Solution to assist in dry docking the tug FRANCES STEVENS earlier today.







Resolve used its crane barge RMG 250 to lift the tug out of the water and place it on blocks located on the dock so that the vessel could have work done on its hull.







The Resolve team of Ben Bailey, Chad Bennet, and Chris Bailey made this operation a success.

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RESOLVE Finishes Silo Transport in Bahamas

by resolveadm on August 18, 2008
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The silos prior to being lowered and transported A silo being lowered A silo layed down in preparation for loading





(Left) The silos prior to lowering;(Middle) A silo being lowered; (Right) A silo is layed down in preparation for loading on the barge














Led by Frank Leckey and Ray Fortin, Resolve was hired to transport two cement silos, which are 90 feet tall and weigh approx. 90 tons each, from Paradise Island to Arawak Key, Bahamas where they were to be reinstalled on a new foundation.








The 450T crane walking off of the barge A silo being set upright before final installation The silos installed on the new foundation


(Left) The 450 Ton crane is seen walking off of the RMG 300 barge; (Middle) A silo be raised for final installment; (Right) The second of two silos being set on the new foundation














The job consisted of walking the 450 Ton 11320 American Crane off of the RMG 300 barge and utilized a second crane to assist in lowering the silos on their sides so they could be set on the barge for transport to Arawak Key. Once they arrived at Arawak Key, they were unloaded from the barge and successfully set upright on the new foundation.

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Texas Clipper Now the Newest Artificial Reef in the US

by resolveadm on August 13, 2008
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The Texas Clipper awaiting its resting spot at the bottom of the Gulf of MexicoCeramic modules on deck of the Texas Clipper


Resolve Marine Group, Inc. recently sunk the 473 foot, 7,000 ton U.S.T.S. TEXAS CLIPPER. Built by Bethlehem Steel in 1944, she was first named the U.S.S. Queens, after the New York City borough. Over six decades, she sailed some 1.3 million miles, including to Japan in World War II. She was then named the S.S. Excambion and was used as a luxury liner. She was then reaquired by the federal government and then loaned to Texas A&M. For the next 30 years of her life she was a merchant marine training vessel for Texas A&M students.


The Texas Clipper on its way downTexas Clipper sinking listingTexas Clipper going under


The Texas Clipper is also the first vessel ever sunk with Resolve's ceramic artificial reef modules. The modules are meant to replicate Antler Coral and will help the local marine life ecosystem. In fact, within 48 hours of her sinking, Pinfish were seen on her.

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170 Meter Bulk Carrier

by resolveadm on August 12, 2008
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The Clipper Lasco on a reef off of Ft. Lauderdale, FL



Resolve Marine Group, Inc. and their partners SvitzerWijsmueller, mobilized to assist a 170 meter Bulk Carrier which grounded on a protected coral reef off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The team conducted an assessment of the vessel and her cargo. An engineering and environmental protection plan was developed by Resolve, the vessel was lightered of 2,000 metric tons of cargo and refloated.


The Clipper Lasco being lightered

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Texas Clipper

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The Texas Clipper prepared to be


The Texas Clipper prior to cleansing


In October 2006, Resolve Marine was awarded a contract from the State of Texas for the remediation and prepartion for sinking of the Texas Clipper, a retired Texas A&M University Training Vessel, off the coast of south Texas. Resolve will tow the vessel to Brownsville, Texas where she will undergo remediation in accordance with the EPA's Best Management Practices, to remove all hazardous materials including PCB's, asbestos, hydrocarbons, mercury, etc. The vessel will also be made safe for divers and will be prepared for sinking without the use of explosives. Upon final approval of the State of Texas and the US Environmental Protection Agency, the vessel will be towed off the coast of Texas for sinking as a diving and fishing attraction.

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RESOLVE Introduces the Latest in a Line of Resolve Responders

by resolveadm on August 12, 2008
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At 207 feet the RESOLVE PIONEER is not a small vessel by any means and is the first of five in a strategic plan to place these vessels in key response locations around the continental US. To put it simply, the Resolve Pioneer is not a typical anchor handling tug supply vessel. In fact, this vessel is a true multi-purpose response and salvage vessel. The Resolve Pioneer is extremely maneuverable and capable of providing emergency towing and firefighting response. Additionally, this vessel can be used to house personnel and serve as a base for dive / salvage operations, utilizing the four point mooring system. Yet, there is still plenty of open space on the back deck to load essential equipment.

The Resolve Pioneer was originally built for service in the extreme conditions of northern waters. The vessel is currently Ice Classed and the hull is constructed of reinforced steel plate, measuring 1-1/4" thick, and extending from the main deck elevation, down to the 19' waterline. The Resolve Pioneer holds a current COI and meets all the requirements of the ISM code. Additionally, the vessel carries a full complement of electronics, including satellite communications. The Resolve Pioneer is a truly versatile vessel, capable of working in the most demanding conditions.

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RESOLVE Completes Multi-Task Mission on Research Dive off Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Joe Farrell III (A 2006 graduate of Mass Maritime Academy-licensed Third Asst. Engineer), son of the Resolve President, is seen testing and perfecting his underwater control lift program with which he will earn his Master's Thesis at Florida Institute of Technology. Clay Backus, a recent graduate of FL Inst. of Tech, and who has his Master's degree in Biological Oceanography assisted Joe. Clay has joined Resolve Marine Group on a full-time basis.





During the same dive Resolve's coral expert and Phd. Doctor Michael Haley can be seen inspecting and measuring coral that we have transplanted to compare against the growth rate of these same corals we have under a controlled environment in the Univ. of Miami Lab.


Also on the same dive event our R.O.V. team of Eric Shelley and Troy Caras operated the company's newest R.O.V. on a training mission by recording all events with the vehicle.

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RESOLVE Underwater Welders Certified in Miami

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Resolve divers practice underwater welding techniques at a recent certification course


Resolve Marine recently sent a group of its underwater welding team to Miami for welding certification. The course which took place within a 36,000 gallon indoor tank, certified each diver in Welder Performance Qualification (WPQ) and AWS D3.6-93 Specification for Underwater Welding as recognized by Lloyd's Register of Shipping.









The dive team, which traveled from Resolve's U.S. Gulf Response Facility in Mobile, AL, consisted of Ed Yenni, Bill Rittenhouse, Aaron Nahapetian, T.J. Hartwick, and Michael Carista.


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Underwater Welding Repair in Bahamas

by resolveadm on August 7, 2008
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Resolve diver welding rebar within the piling Resolve diver working inside a 45 inch steel piling





A Resolve Towing and Salvage dive team recently completed a challenging underwater repair project in Freeport, Bahamas. The repair was accomplished to a damaged 48 inch diameter steel dock support piling.




Underwater Welding Resolve diver performing underwater welding





In order to assure a proper repair was made to this load bearing piling and with no access from above, the divers had to build an entire 20 foot high internal steel cage made of 1 1/4 inch steel rebar. This cage, which weighed approx one and a half tons had to be hand built and welded up inside the damaged pipe by divers. Then the 3/4 inch steel plate patch, approx 10ft x 6ft, had been contoured, rolled, lowered, fitted, and then welded to the exterior of the pile. Once this was accomplished, 12 yards of concrete was pumped into the piling.

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RESOLVE PIONEER Hired by Transocean

by resolveadm on August 6, 2008
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Resolve Marine Group, Inc. was recently hired by Transocean, one of the largest offshore deep water drilling companies in the world, to provide support for a challenging offshore project.



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Resolve Pioneer loaded with the Celtic Sea in the background The Celtic Sea

(Left) Resolve Pioneer fully loaded, Celtic Sea seen behind; (Right) The Celtic Sea


The fully crewed 10,000 HP AHTS Resolve Pioneer set out from Resolve

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RESOLVE Delivers on Tight Deadline

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When the world's largest offshore drilling company needs last minute fabrication and engineering design Resolve delivers.

Transocean contracted Resolve Marine Group to assist with removing six thrusters from the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Celtic Sea using Resolve's newly upgraded AHTS Resolve Pioneer

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RESOLVE Begins Work Under Beau Rivage

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The Beau Rivage Casino/Hotel

The Beau Rivage was the only casino left standing in Biloxi, MS after Hurricane Katrina


The Beau Rivage, a waterfront casino in Biloxi, MS, is a very unique structure in that it sits on five submerged barges that are 300 ft long by 100 ft wide. The barges, which are empty of water, are actually held under water by an ingenious array of moorings.

A supporter lowering the Toyo underwater hydraulic submersible pump Resolve team members strategizing at the com station Diver about to dive under casino


(Left) A Resolve supporter lowering the Toyo underwater hydraulic submersible pump; (Middle) Resolve Team Members strategize at the com station; (Right) A Resolve diver prepares to dive under the casino


As a result of Hurricane Katrina, there was a substantial amount of debris that settled under the casino barges. The Resolve Dive Team consisting of divers Bill Rittenhouse, Ricardo Ormeno, Wayne Maichak, and Project Manager Tim McKinnis will utilize our 6 inch submersible pump to dredge 22,000 cubic yards of the silt and mud that has settled under the barges.


The completed dual chambered pontoon flotation device


Resolve fabricated the dual chambered pontoon flotation device


Due to the weight of the pump, approx. 3,000 lbs, coupled with the fact it needed to be floated under the barge, Resolve fabricated a dual chambered pontoon flotation device with controlled buoyancy which allowed the pump to be accessed under the casino's barges. Check back for progress reports on the job!

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RESOLVE Attends 11th International Coral Reef Symposium

by resolveadm on July 15, 2008
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Artificial Ceramic Coral Module with 5 year growthex USS Oriskany sinking off of Pensacola, FL for artificial reefing


Resolve Marine recently attended the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium which was held at the Broward County Convention Center from July 7th to July 10th.

The world's major coral reef science meeting, the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS), is held every 4 years. The last time it was held in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale was in 1977.

Resolve made a great impression on the 3,000 plus attendees by showcasing its artificial reef making capabilities, which include sinking decommissioned vessels and the use of ceramic modules used to remediate coral reefs damaged by grounded vessels. Of the five largest vessels intentionally sunk in the United States, Resolve has been responsible for three of them: the USS Oriskany, the USS Spiegel Grove, and the USTS Texas Clipper; which received praise from all who have dove on them. Resolve looks to build from this conference and continue to grow its reputation as the leader in artificial reef creation.

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RESOLVE’S Joshua James Center Hosts First RCCL Class

by resolveadm on July 15, 2008
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JJ CENTREFirst RCCL CLassJoshua James Exterior ViewJoe Farrell, Capt. Wright, and Lou Costello

Resolve Marine Group is happy to announce that it has successfully hosted its first Royal Caribbean Cruise Line class at the new Joshua James Response Center. The class taught was "Train The Trainer". This is only the first of many classes that Resolve will teach at it's new facility. Doing away with the old dry-erase board, the use of the new technologically advanced "smart board" enables the instructor to teach his class more efficiently by creating presentations and course materials that can be directly downloaded to each students computer. This state of the art technology and expert instructors help make the Joshua James Response Center the #1 maritime shipboard training facility in the United States. If you are interested in crew training, please don't hesitate to contact Mike Holloway at 954-463-9195.


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RESOLVE Exhibits at Posidonia in Greece

by resolveadm on June 23, 2008
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Resolve Marine Group sent four individuals to the 2008 Posidonia Shipping Exhibition in Greece from June 2-June 6th and proudly represented the American Pavilion. Industry leaders from around the globe attended this year's show making it a huge success. Posidonia is the Int'l Shipping Exhibition which occurs every other year and is the show of all shows. Resolve plans on attending the 2010 exhibition and will hope to improve on this year's success.




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RESOLVE Receives Letter of Commendation from Admiral

by resolveadm on June 18, 2008
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05 May 2008


Dear Mrs. Anderson,

I would like to extend my personal gratitude to you for the superb support you provided to me , my staff, and our ships during Fleet Week 2008 Port Everglades, 28 April-2 May 2008. I am particularly appreciative of your positive attitude and outstanding initiative.

The assistance you provided with coordinating the Damage Control Competition was nothing short of outstanding! I know our Sailors enjoyed the different drills which included hose rigging, dress-out, and search and rescue to name a few. As you know, DC Training is a vital part of the Navy and Coast Guard.

Karen, this week would not have been a success without you and your expertise. You can be justifiably proud of that. Your hard work and dedication is noted and appreciated. I commend you for a job exceptionally "well done!"


Sincerely,


D.P. Holloway, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy

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RESOLVE Appears in Professional Mariner Magazine

by resolveadm on June 12, 2008
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logoIssue Date: Issue #114, Jun/Jul 2008
Resolve Marine to open $3.2 million training center in Florida

Rich Miller


Resolve Pioneer

Resolve Pioneer is the first of five vessels Resolve Marine plans to place strategically around the United States to better respond to maritime incidents.

Responding to the increasing demand for qualified personnel across the industry, Resolve Marine Group will expand its maritime training division by christening a $3.2 million classroom facility in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

The Joshua James Response Center will be located in a 43,000-square-foot building that houses the company's ship salvage and marine firefighting equipment. Named in honor of a renowned 19th-century maritime lifesaver, the facility has been completely renovated and will include the latest in university-style network technology.
"Joshua James is really an unspoken hero among mariners, and Resolve looks to follow his example with this new training center," said Joseph Farrell, president and founder of the company. Resolve Marine specializes in marine salvage, wreck removal and fire and hazard response.
Courses will include "Train the Trainer" and "Fast Rescue Boat," along with instruction in "Standards of Training Certification" and "Watchkeeping - Basic Safety Training." Resolve will expand into another high-demand area of the industry by providing training for cruise-ship personnel.

Todd Butler, marketing coordinator for Resolve, said the company is planning to construct a 360-degree bridge simulator with an interface system that will incorporate multiple cruise-ship designs.
"We also have mock lifeboat and escape-chute training done in a simulated environment within the safety and control of our facility," he said.
Courses will run from one day to slightly longer than one week, with up to 24 hours of hands-on field instruction depending on the course. Participants will receive certification or licensing upon the successful completion of their program of study, Butler said.
Joshua James, whose mother and sister died in the sinking of the schooner Hepzibah off the New England coast when he was a boy, is credited with helping to save more than 600 lives in the 60 years he patrolled the shores of Hull, Mass.

James participated in his first rescue at age 15 as a member of the Massachusetts Humane Society. He died in 1902 at age 75 while on duty with the U.S. Life-Saving Service. He received many medals of commendation, including the Congressional Gold Lifesaving Medal for his actions during the Great Storm of 1888.

"Out of respect for Capt. James and his legacy, we have gone to great lengths to ensure the authenticity of our dedications to him," Farrell said. "Our signs above the building have been hand-carved using true Nantucket artisans, the colors of his medals have been matched and confirmed by local maritime historians, and all who train here will be taught the story of this facility's namesake. This training center will truly be a model for future maritime safety facilities."

A christening ceremony for the new center will be held in the fall. Officers from the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard are scheduled to be among those in attendance.

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RESOLVE Receives Letter of Commendation

by resolveadm on June 11, 2008
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logoMay 10, 2008


Dear Mrs. Anderson,


On behalf of the Officers and Crew of USS RAMAGE (DDG 61), I wanted to personally send a hearty Thank You for your kindness and generosity in setting up the Damage Control Olympics during Fleet Week. We all enjoyed Fort Lauderdale's hospitality and appreciated all the hard work that goes into making a successful Fleet Week. We look forward to returning to Fort Lauderdale if the opportunity comes again.


Again, thank you for supporting our Sailors.


Sincerely,

R.W. Dykes, Commander, US Navy, Commanding Officer

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2008 RESOLVE DC Olympics a Huge Success

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Resolve Fire Girls Opening Ceremony Running an Event 1st Place USS Iwo Jima


On April 29th Resolve Marine Group hosted its annual Damage Control Olympics. This year was the best yet! Featuring the newly introduced Resolve Fire Girls. Each girl represented one of the six Navy and Coast Guard vessels and helped cheer them on throughout the day. They were an instant hit with the Damage Control participants and all in attendance. The six vessels that participated included the USS Iwo Jima, the USS Mitscher, the USS Vella Gulf, the USCGC Reliance, the USS Ramage, and the USS Carter Hall.



This years First Place Winner was the USS Iwo Jima, who scored an impressive 46. They also broke a Resolve record in the firefighting event, finishing the event in 3:41 which beat the previous record of 4:00. In Second Place was the USS Mitscher, finishing with a score of 27. Third Place was the USS Carter Hall with a score of 25, Fourth was the USCGC Reliance with 14, Fifth was the USS Vella Gulf scoring 8, and Sixth was the USS Ramage which scored 6 points.


We hope all that attended enjoyed the day and the events and we look forward to continually improving the DC Olympics. See you in 2009!

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Look for RESOLVE at a Trade Show Near You

by resolveadm on March 15, 2008
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In 2008 Resolve plans to make its presence known across the board. Between our newest vessel (Resolve Pioneer), our new training facility (Joshua James Response Center), our new Augmented Reality Fire Trainer, and our many coastal recovery and environmental projects; Resolve is taking its business plan to the next level and wants its worldwide introduction to be met with as much enthusiasm as had by those who helped bring Resolve to where it is today.


This year we will be attending several big shows and would love to see you there!


Below is a list of shows being attended by Resolve this year:


UNDERWATER INTERVENTION
1/29/2008


C-PORT
2/1/2008


INDUSTRIAL FIRE
2/6/2008


CRUISE SHIPPING
3/10/2008


CMA (shipping) 2008
3/17/2008


FDIC
4/7/2008


INTERNATIONAL OIL SPILL CONFERENCE
5/4/2008


INTERNATIONAL TUG & SALVAGE
5/19/2008


POSIDONIA
6/2/2008


CLEAN GULF
10/29/2008

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RESOLVE now offers R.O.V. Services

by resolveadm on March 15, 2008
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Resolve Marine is pleased to announce it is moving into the ROV era with our new Video Ray Pro III XE GTO. The acronym ROV stands for Remotely Operated Vehicle and is a valuable tool that can assist divers or even eliminate the necessity for a diver when conducting underwater surveys in a potentially dangerous environment.

Five Resolve employees, Darrell Wallace, Troy Caras, Eric Shelley, Aric Barker and T.J. Hartwick (Pictured), were chosen for the initial operators training course and have since been called to several jobs requiring its use. The course was proctored by Steve Van Meter and has been operating Video Ray ROV's since they were first introduced 7 years ago. The training included basic operating instruction, deployment exercises and maintenance education.


The unit is based in Resolve's Ft. Lauderdale facility with the capability to be deployed anywhere at any time. Even though five members were chosen to become designated operators, this unit is easily transported and operated with 1 to 2 people. With the ability to operate from a multitude of power sources, and its compact design, this ROV can go anywhere Resolve will go.


If you wish to inquire about our rates for hiring our ROV (+ Operator) Please call us today! +1 954-764-8700


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Resolve joins SECOORA

by resolveadm on February 6, 2008
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Resolve Marine Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that we are now a member of SECOORA (Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association) and hold a seat on the first Board of Directors. Membership encompasses North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida and is comprised of various members of academia, research laboratories and private industry.


SECOORA is one of eleven regional associations under the Integrated Ocean Observing System. The integrated system under SECOORA will function as a regional System of Systems that will effectively link ocean observing system elements operated by separate entities and funded by a variety of sources within the southeastern United States. System links will enable detecting and forecasting oceanic climate variability; safe and efficient marine operations; national security; managing resources; preserving and restoring marine ecosystems; predicting and mitigating against coastal hazards and ensuring public health. Government Agencies involved include NOAA, Navy, USCG, etc.

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Resolve Crews Respond to Vessels Affected by Katrina/Rita

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Resolve Marine Group, Inc. has deployed crews and assets to the Gulf Coast region in response to hundreds of vessel casualties resulting from the onslaught of Hurricanes Katrina/Rita. As soon as just days after the Category 4 storm plowed through the Louisiana/Mississippi coastlines, Resolve crews were on hand to respond to a 198-meter vessel grounded in the Mississippi River.


Due to the high volume of vessel casualties, Resolve has planned to be very busy in the Gulf region for several weeks to come. Aside from the hundreds of thousands of people Hurricane Katrina left homeless in the region, the storm has crippled shipping operations in the Mississippi River, causing spikes in the gasoline prices and other goods reliant upon the steady flow of the river.


Resolve is committed to helping those ship owners who have entrusted us to with the salvage of their vessels and we remain devoted to doing our part in ensuring the timely resumption of shipping operations in the area.

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Resolve Marine Group, Inc. Responds to Grounded Vessel in Texas

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Resolve Towing and Salvage, Inc., a division of Resolve Marine Group, Inc., deployed its assets in response to a grounded vessel near the Texas coast. The 691-foot Integrated Tug and Barge (ITB), which was transporting 330,000 barrels of premium and regular unleaded gasoline to Port Everglades, Florida ran aground 1.5 miles from the Sabine Pass Jetties.


Upon arrival of Resolve's Salvage crews, surveying and engineering assessments were made and it was determined that nearly a third of the cargo needed to be carefully removed from the vessel in order to refloat it. Under the guidance of Resolve Salvage Master, Frank Leckey, the nine man team transferred the product, developed the refloat plan and hired additional floating assets. The seven-day evolution resulted in the successful transferring of 100,000 barrels of gasoline to a barge, after which five tugboats towed the grounded ITB back into the Sabine Pass Channel.


Upon refloating the ITB safely, Resolve's Salvage Master returned custody of the vessel to the ship's pilots. Integrated Tug and Barges are barges that are pushed by specially-configured tugboats. When the tug and barge are connected, the two form a single unit that functions as a ship. There were no reports of accidents, injuries or discharges of pollution as a result of the incident. Inspectors determined the vessel showed no signs of damage as a result of the grounding.


The cause of the incident is being investigated by the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office of Port Arthur, Texas. Resolve Marine Group, Inc. has been in business nearly 25 years and offers such services as emergency marine salvage, towing and lightering services. The company also facilitates dozens of marine special projects annually, including the sinking of artificial reefs.

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Katrina Boats Fished from New Orleans Marina

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Resolve Marine is fishing for boats that Hurricane Katrina deposited at the bottom of one of the city's largest marinas where as many as 200 boats are submerged at Municipal Yacht Harbor. Resolve Marine is expected to finish the job in about a month.



The city of New Orleans did not ask for help at the marina until last summer, and it has taken until now to complete the environmental assessments and get through the state bidding process, Hammatt said.



Resolve will also remove an estimated 300 tons of debris from wood pilings to refrigerators to splintered boat parts from the harbor bottom.


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Salvage Technicians / Divers Remove 777D Truck from Lake

by resolveadm on December 12, 2007
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A crew from Resolve Marine Group, Inc., from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., successfully recovered a Caterpillar 777D Off-Highway Truck from a lake on Pennsuco Quarry in Medley, Florida. The 777D, an 80 ton haul truck, ended up at the bottom of the lake after a driver lost control of the vehicle.


The lift came on the heels of a comprehensive plan which included underwater dive surveys and fashioning a specially-made device to lift the truck. The means by which the truck was lifted was especially important, due to the fact that the truck's steering mechanism had to remain undisrubed at the request of officials investigating the cause of the accident.


Given these demands, the Resolve team quickly went to work to design the device, which had to be made sturdy and large enough to fit over the truck's front and rear ends. The appliance was built by Resolve master welder, Jim Hartwick at the Resolve warehouse in Fort Lauderdale. The massive vehicle, which sank upright on a rock bed, was sitting in an estimated 80 feet of murky water. The jagged rocks lining the lake, coupled with the lack of visibility due to the depth and cloudiness of the water, made the project more difficult than what was initially assessed.


Conditions further worsened with the passing of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 25, but the crew of commercial divers, marine salvage technicians and crane operators persevered. Just four days after returning to the worksite, the crew, demonstrating exceptional teamwork, successfully extracted the vehicle with the steering mechanism unscathed. The truck was then returned to the owners for further investigation.

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2007 Damage Control Olympics

by resolveadm on December 12, 2007
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Fleet Week 2007 once again began with the Resolve Fire & Hazard D/C Olympics. As with all good ideas, that receive the commitment they deserve, it soon becomes a tradition and the Damage Control Olympics are no exception. With the continued support of Joe and Mary Beth Farrell and the Resolve Family, the Olympics have celebrated their 6th year.


A widely anticipated and appreciated intramural event; the D/C Olympics are open internationally to all Naval and Coast Guard Damage Control Teams during Fleet Week USA. The competition consists of 6 scored events which incorporate various skills from the damage control disciplines.


Results of the 2007 Olympics were as follows: 1st Place - USS Forrest Sherman 2nd Place - USS Gunston Hall 3rd Place - USS San Jacinto Damage Control teams from the USS Kearsarge, USS Ponce, and the USS Memphis also participated in the Olympics.


Despite the fierce but good natured rivalry each of the teams was willing to share their best tips and techniques with the competition. Congratulations and thanks to all participants!




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A Golden Milestone

by resolveadm on December 12, 2007
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Joseph Farrell, President of Resolve Marine Group, Inc., was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2005 award for Florida in the "Services" category. The award recipients and finalists were celebrated for their skill, influence, farsightedness, and ability to be creative and successful at their distinctive business ventures. Ernst & Young acknowledged the finalists as being "the back bone to our country's economy and the successors to our nation's long tradition of business innovation."

The Florida awards banquet was held at The Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida on June 23, 2005. It was a black tie affair with a cocktail reception prior to dinner and an awards presentation ceremony. There was a Champagne toast honoring the Finalists and a dessert reception following the award presentations.

H. Wayne Huizenga of Huizenga Holdings Incorporated Ft. Lauderdale Florida, and the 2004 World Entrepreneur of the Year Winner, attended the awards dinner. Mr. Huizenga was named the 2004 World Entrepreneur of the year on May 28th, 2005 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. He generously extended an invitation to Joe and his guests to fly to and from Orlando with him on his personal executive jet for the Florida EOY awards.

This EOY award is a tremendous honor for Joe. The Judging process is pretty intense: Seven to ten award recipients are selected in several award categories by Ernst& Young's independent panel of judges. The Judges look for a nominee who shows accelerated growth, leadership, a good business plan, high morals and ethics, innovation and a certain level of personal risk.

Joe will move on to strive for the next prestigious honor in this class: the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of The Year Award, which will be held in Palm Springs, California (November 17-20, 2005). The overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner will join other Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year winners from around the world next May in Monte Carlo for the annual World Entrepreneur of the Year awards.

The Staff of Resolve Marine Group and Resolve Fire and Hazard sends Joe an immeasurable amount of best wishes.

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Resolve Fire & Hazard Extinguishes Smoldering Wood Pump Fire on Bulk Tanker in Alaska

by resolveadm on December 12, 2007
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Firefighters from Resolve Fire & Hazard Response, Inc. led a fire attack team from the US Coast Guard and a municipal fire department to extinguish a smoldering wood pulp fire aboard the M/V Star Eagle off the coast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The fire occurred on April 8, 2005 at 1300 hours in the ship's number one cargo hold. The Star Eagle is a 589-foot Norwegian flagged, open-hatch single deck bulk carrier that was headed for Japan.


It took four days to completely extinguish the fire. The cargo hold was filled with wood pulp, the final raw product before made into paper. The tough, cardboard-like sheets were baled together into wired bundles, packed 80 feet deep in the 40 x 80 foot cargo hold. The Star Eagle was built in 1981 for Star Shipping, a Norwegian forests products carrier and has nine holds with combined pulp bale capacity of 42,000 cubic meters.


Resolve sent a response team of three firefighters on April 9. Resolve's responsibility was to make sure the fire was completely out, leaving the ship in a safe manner. Todd Duke, Vice President of Resolve Fire & Hazard Response, acted as Marine Fire Officer and Chief of Operations on the Star Eagle fire. "We met with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), local officials, and ship crew," Duke said. Then we created an operational plan to begin temperature monitoring to determine the temperature of the cargo hold. Resolve utilized equipment and personnel to fight the fire provided by the Unalaska Fire Dept (UFD) and the damage control team from Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau, a California based 378-foot high endurance cutter, on patrol in the area to fight the fire.


Duke assessed the scene with the USCG, made recommendations to fight the fire, and provided a salvage plan. "Safety was always our first priority. We took it slowly, and the ship remained at Hog Island anchorage most of the time." The attack team included Duke and two other Resolve firefighters, in addition to two firefighters from Morgenthau, and two firefighters from UFD. Resolve conducted a visual survey of the exterior of cargo hold #1, and a visual survey of the hold from the port ballast tank utilizing confined space entry techniques on April 10. Resolve conducted atmospheric monitoring of the port and starboard tunnels, measuring oxygen levels, explosive gases, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon dioxide. "We made sure the oxygen levels were safe for our personnel, and that the flammable gases would not create a bigger fire. Then we released eight more cylinders of carbon dioxide and continued temperature monitoring through the night," Duke said.


Resolve continued putting more carbon dioxide in the cargo holds on April 11 to smother the still smoldering pulp. Duke's team loosened access on the cargo holds for entry the next day. Then dock space was identified to set up operations and open the hold up, to completely extinguish the fire and remove all the burnt products. The Star Eagle was brought alongside on April 12 for another site safety briefing with the Morgenthau's damage control team and the local fire department. Duke established a unified command on the bridge of Star Eagle, which included the USCG federal on scene coordinator, Frank Leckey, Resolve salvage masters, the vessel's master, the chief of the UFD and the Morgenthau's engineering officer.


In the spirit of cooperation, the UFD provided the engine and ladder company, as well as a medical unit. The Morgenthau damage control team conducted boundary cooling on port and starboard sides of cargo hold to cool the steel. The water supply was established with the ladder truck set to the #2 cargo hold. "We utilized compressed air foam (CAFS) and pumped the foam up the ladder pipe and down through our nozzles," Duke said. CAFS was used because it has very little water in it. Wood pulp absorbs water. Upon swelling, it could have burst the sideshells of ship. As the small access hatch in the cargo hold was opened, no flames or combustion were observed and the atmosphere was tested. The small access hatch was replaced and a larger inspection hatch was opened, providing a better view of the area with char marks on the bulkhead, closer to where the fire was.


Upon observation, visible damage was present but only a few hot spots were detected. Then the hatch was safely lifted. With no visible flame or combustion inside, the hatch was taken off cargo hold #2. "We entered the cargo hold, checked the bundles for hot spots and then removed them," Duke reported. The attack team checked the thermal engine temperature monitor as the bundles were removed. There was a 60 degree temperature difference between the outside air (25 degrees Fahrenheit with sleet) and the bundles (80-90 degrees Fahrenheit). Duke said the bundles were still warm two days after cargo hold opened. The warm bundles provided the potential for tunnel, where slow combustion can occur due to the slow smoldering generating heat in the middle of the bales. "We couldn't be sure the fire was 100% out unless the bundles were disassembled," Duke said. The USCG removed the damaged bundles from the cargo hold and placed them in a container on deck for transport to their final destination. About 100 bundles were ruined and removed from the cargo hold.


According to the USCG, the cause of the fire was determined to be clad welding in an adjacent ballast tank. At an impromptu debriefing to Dutch Harbor's city council and other public officials, Duke reiterated that the team spent significant time dumping carbon dioxide before opening the cargo hold. "We wanted the fire out before opening cargo hold," Duke said. The carbon dioxide soaks into the cargo and let the fuel cool down. It takes time to extinguish a fire, as the carbon dioxide displaces the oxygen. "We don't want a reflash," Duke said. "It takes time, even though it was a small incident." Duke reported that everything went safely and according to plan with no injuries or problems.


Over 5000 ships are under contract with Resolve to formulate vessel response plans in the event of an emergency or fuel spill as required by the USCG under OPA 90. Resolve Marine Group employs a staff of 100 marine damage control professionals providing salvage, firefighting, wreck removal, pollution control, artificial reefing of large ships, and training services to the maritime community, with a majority of its operations taking place in the Caribbean. It responds to the highest profile disasters, including the 1996 search and recovery of ValuJet Flight 592, which crashed in the Florida Everglades. It was lauded as the most difficult recovery in the history of aviation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSA).


Certified by a host of flag states including the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the United Kingdom's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Resolve's Port Everglades based training center is approved by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) as a Certified Marine Safety Training Facility. Resolve brings real experience to its world class training facilities and offers a full marine firefighting and emergency response curriculum to professional mariners and firefighters around the world. Resolve recently expanded that curriculum to include onboard training for the crews of yachts, cruise ships and commercial chemical tankers. The company also has response equipment in Los Angeles to provide rapid response to the west coast based marine incidents.

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Vessel in Chesapeake Bay Re-floated

by resolveadm on December 12, 2007
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Resolve Towing & Salvage, Inc. responded to a 712 foot cargo ship which ran aground in the Chesapeake Bay near Sharps Island, Maryland. The vessel was carrying 74,000 metric tons of coal. Resolve responded with tugs, barges and cranes to remove several tons of coal to refloat the vessel which was successfully accomplished March 7, 2007.


Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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USS ex-Oriskany

by resolveadm on December 12, 2007
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May 17th, 2006 will mark the one year anniversary of Resolve's successful efforts to sink the first U.S. Aircraft Carrier (ex-Oriskany CV-34) as an artificial reef. The ex-Oriskany was built after World War II and had decorated service in the Korean War and Vietnam War eras. This vessel was chosen by the US Navy's Inactive Ships Program as the first of its kind to be disposed of as an artificial reef in accordance with the EPA's Best Management Practices for reefing ships.

Resolve, along with a partner company, was chosen as the contractor to perform this important environmental remediation and sinking support. This project was truly ground breaking and the first of its kind as a large scale US Navy funded artificial reef project. For more details see our "Projects" Page.

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Obsolete Pipeline Removal

by resolveadm on December 12, 2007
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Resolve Towing and Salvage completed the removal of 11 miles of natural gas pipeline from the sea floor of the Gulf of Mexico under the direction of Mr. Todd Duke, Vice President of Operations. Working from shoreline to 11 miles offshore in up to 48' of water, Resolve crews endured many days of poor weather as cold front after cold front passed across southern Texas and the Gulf of Mexico.


Weather ranged from freezing rain, sleet, lighting, tornados in the area, high winds and seas, dense fog and even an occasional sunny day. Resolve designed and built a custom removal device that was used aboard the derrick barge RMG-400 to pick up the pipe, cut it into 40 foot sections recover any contents in the piping, and load it on to another Resolve barge for storage and transport ashore.


Due to the significant amount of live pipelines in the immediate vicinity of the obsolete line, Resolve had to pinpoint every mooring deployment, thus each relocation of our recovery barge required us to deploy 4 anchors with each anchor being placed on an exact latitude and longitude to avoid fouling of rupturing live pipelines. Additionally since this pipeline had been down for over 30 plus years we had to remove it from under four live pipelines. This was done by finding the pipeline crossings and cutting both ends of the dead pipeline and pulling them out from under the live or hot ones. These live pipelines where passing gas and oil thru them.


Working with Fugro, we were able to safely accomplish this nerve wracking aspect of the operation without incident. The operation also involved running our diver teams around the clock which involved hundreds of dive hours without diver injury. A total of 90 people were employed by Resolve on this project at one time or another including boat crew and maintenance personnel. In addition to various subcontractors, Resolve provided a total of 4 vessels, 2 derrick barges, and one deck barge which were used in support of the project. Once again, Resolve completed its contracted mission safely and without any pollution incidents.

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RFHR – 2007 Damage Control

by resolveadm on December 12, 2007
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Preparations are underway for Resolve Fire & Hazard Response, Inc., a Resolve Marine Group. Inc., company, to host the 6th Annual Damage Control Olympics at their world-renown Shipboard Firefighting Training Center in Port Everglades, Florida on May 1, 2007.

The event, held in conjunction with annual Fort Lauderdale Fleet Week USA and McDonalds Air & Sea Show, is designed to test the abilities of US Navy damage control teams in several facets of shipboard firefighting and emergency response scenarios. Past participating personnel included damage control teams from the USS Shreveport, USS Cole, USS San Antonio, USS Oscar Austin, USS San Jacinto, USS Enterprise, USCG Confidence and the Canadian Navy's HMCS Preserver.

Events include Shipboard Fire Containment, Turnout Gear Donning and Shipboard Fire Search-and-Rescue and an Emergency Damage Control Scenario. These events are not only timed, but the teams are closely judged on their respective efficiencies and attention to detail they not only have to complete the tasks quickly, they have to complete them properly and in keeping with proper firefighting guidelines.

Teams earn points based on placement overall for each event: 1st place teams in each event score 10 points; 2nd place teams score 7 points; 3rd place teams score 5 points; 4th place teams score 3 points and 5th place teams score 1 point.

In 2006, a stunning victory by the crew from the Canadian Navy's HMCS Preserver scored a record-setting 40 points.

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Next Generation First Responder & Homeland Security Training

by resolveadm on December 12, 2007
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Resolve is proud to announce that it is now offering next-generation training to current and new customers with its recently purchased, state-of-the-art Augmented Reality-based, mobile Harmless Hazards Training System.


For as little as $150 per firefighter, per day, Resolve Fire & Hazard, Inc. can provide on-site; at your own Department or at another convenient location; advanced, SAFE hands-on First Responder training using real fire fighting equipment in the following six key training areas:


• Flashover / Fire Fighting;
• HAZMAT / CBRN / Toxic Gases;
• Radiological / WMD;
• Search & Rescue
• Incident Command
• Thermal Imaging



Resolve Fire & Hazard Response, Inc. is recognized nationally and internationally for its quality and breadth of state-of-the-art training for both land-based and maritime First Responders. Please call or e-mail for a quote or to schedule training at your Department:


Keith Wilson, ART Training Coordinator (954) 658-6641 (kwilson@resolvemarine.com)


Mike Holloway, Director, Resolve Fire & Hazard Response, Inc. (954) 463-9195 (mholloway@resolvemarine.com)

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Resolve Begins Work on Coral Reef Restoration

by resolveadm on December 12, 2007
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Resolve has entered the arena of Coral reef restoration, working with Coastal Recovery by Farrell to focus both on building a 3 dimensional structure necessary to create marine habitat, and on maintain a stock of live coral for transplantation. When live coral is placed on artificial reef structures, the coral overgrows these structures, gradually transforming an artificial creation into a thriving natural coral reef .

Staff Marine Biologist Dr. Michael Haley has been 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. In the next two months, Resolve will transplant corals grown in the lab. back into the sea on a damaged site to study how this technique can help damage from ship groundings.

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Coral Reef Work

by resolveadm on December 11, 2007
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Coral reefs are the most complex marine ecosystem in the world, but many are damaged or declining at an alarming rate. Restoring damaged reefs is important to preserving the diversity of the marine environment for future generations; at Resolve, we have the ability to not only rebuild reefs, but even to create a completely new reef at locations where they were not previously found.

Coral reef restoration work at the Resolve Marine Group, working with Coastal Recovery by Farrell, focuses both on building the 3 dimensional structure necessary to create marine habitat, and on maintaining stocks of live coral for transplantation. Once live coral has been placed on artificial reef structures (photo of EcoReef modules), the coral overgrows these structures (photo of live coral on EcoReef modules), gradually transforming an artificial creation into a thriving natural coral reef .

Staff Marine Biologist Dr. Michael Haley is experienced at artificial reef research and design. Dr. Haley works 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 (photo of coral on tires), 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. In the next two months, Resolve will transplant corals grown in the lab. back into the sea on a damaged site to study how this technique can help damage from ship groundings.

Resolve and Coastal Recovery also provide modifications that broaden the range of habitats available for marine life on other types of artificial reefs, such as sunken ships. Enhancing the deck space on the Texas Clipper (photo link; date), scheduled for sinking off Brownsville, Texas in early 2007, will increase fine scale habitat suitable for small and juvenile fish. At our own expense, Resolve will place ceramic reef modules at strategic locations on the deck to make the Texas Clipper a more complex and complete artificial reef. Future possibilities for this vessel include transplanting coral onto the modules on this ship.

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USS Oriskany

by resolveadm on December 11, 2007
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The ex-Oriskany is a 910 ft decommissioned US Navy Essex Class aircraft carrier that was built after World War II and had decorated service in the Korean War and Vietnam War eras. The carrier is one of many ships in the US Navy decommissioned fleet. The US Navy's Inactive Ships Program (PMS-333) chose this vessel as the first of its kind to be disposed of as an artificial reef in accordance with the EPA's Best Management Practices for reefing ships. RESOLVE along with a partner company was chosen as the contractor to perform this important environmental remediation and sinking support. This project was truly ground breaking and the first of its kind as a large scale US Navy funded artificial reef project. The initial contract for environmental remediation commenced in January 2004. RESOLVE towed the vessel from Beaumont, Texas to a site in the Port of Corpus Christi, Texas to perform the remediation. The remediation project was massive during which time a staff of over 150 personnel opened and cleaned all the tanks on the vessel (500+), removed a large quantity and variety of hazardous materials, and performed a variety of other specific remediation functions including lead paint removal, PCB removal, etc. Once the base remediation contract was successfully completed, the Navy extended the contract to remove the entire wood flight deck, which contained very high PCB levels. The RESOLVE team was then tasked to tow the carrier to the Port of Pensacola, Florida where final preparations were made by RESOLVE to sink the vessel off of Pensacola as an artificial reef which was successfully accomplished on May 17, 2006.

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Double-hulled Tank Barge

by resolveadm on December 11, 2007
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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 vessel's starboard bow, puncturing both hulls and damaging the number one cargo tank. The vessel subsequently flooded and was intentionally grounded approximately 30 miles offshore of Cameron, Louisiana in approx. 50-55 feet of water.

The vessel continued to progressively flood and list to starboard. Late on November 14, the barge capsized and rolled to starboard, coming to rest upside-down, with the bow aground and the stern floating. The vessel was carrying approximately 5 million gallons of #6 fuel oil.

Resolve was called upon to provide a detailed salvage plan including all resources as well as the expertise required to lighter the cargo and bring the hull safely afloat and deliver it to safe harbor. This was an extremely challenging project in that the casualty was approximately 30 miles offshore and the work was undertaken in the dead of winter with freezing temperatures, high winds and rough seas. 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.

Resolve provided a highly skilled team of Salvage Masters, Divers and Technicians as well as all services including a heavy weather mooring plan, dive surveys to assess damage and determine a plan for patching and plugging the hull; 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.

Upon delivery of the vessel to Theodore, Alabama, Resolve was tasked to provide dockside tank cleaning for the inverted vessel.

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150 Ft. Towing Vessel

by resolveadm on December 11, 2007
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A 150' towing vessel began taking on water when it struck a submerged object in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore of Cameron, Louisiana. The flooding began in the vessel's engine room about 20 miles offshore; she was carrying approximately 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel oil. The vessel later sank in about 40 feet of water with about 2 feet of the vessel remaining visible.

Resolve Towing and Salvage (Resolve) was contacted by the tug owners to take initial salvage response actions. Resolve Divers identified a tear in the forward starboard side of the engine room between the bilge keel and rub rail, developing from a scrape to a crack to a 9' wide tear with a rupture length of approximately 3 feet. Resolve mobilized all necessary fuel removal assets and Divers proceeded to seal all sources of continued fuel oil discharge. For manhole accessible tanks, tank covers were removed for conversion into salvage hatches. For the remainder of the tanks Resolve used a series of hot taps, systematically discharging fuel oil from fuel oil tanks and replacing it with water to maintain ballast and displacement. Recovered fuel was transferred to an offshore supply vessel then to storage tanks onshore.

After lightering was completed, Resolve raised the vessel using a combination of dewatering of tanks and lift bags and secured the vessel in preparation for towing, in her inverted position, to safe harbor at Lake Charles, Louisiana. Upon safe arrival dockside, Resolve completed the de-fueling of the vessel and righted her employing a combination of water ballast in off-center fuel tanks and two crane.

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Mega-Truck Recovery

by resolveadm on December 11, 2007
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A crew from Resolve Marine Group, Inc., from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., successfully recovered a Caterpillar 777D Off-Highway Truck from a lake on Pennsuco Quarry in Medley, Fla., Sept. 2. The 777D, an 80 ton haul truck, ended up at the bottom of the lake after a driver lost control of the vehicle Aug. 13. The lift came on the heels of a comprehensive plan which included underwater dive surveys and fashioning a specially-made device to lift the truck. The means by which the truck was lifted was especially important, due to the fact that the truck's steering mechanism had to remain undisrupted at the request of officials investigating the cause of the accident. Given these demands, the Resolve team quickly went to work to design the device, which had to be made sturdy and large enough to fit over the truck's front and rear ends. The appliance was built by Resolve master welder, Jim Hartwick at the Resolve warehouse in Fort Lauderdale. The massive vehicle, which sank upright on a rock bed, was sitting in an estimated 80 feet of murky water. The jagged rocks lining the lake, coupled with the lack of visibility due to the depth and cloudiness of the water, made the project more difficult than what was initially assessed. Conditions further worsened with the passing of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 25, but the crew of commercial divers, marine salvage technicians and crane operators persevered. Just four days after returning to the worksite, the crew, demonstrating exceptional teamwork, successfully extracted the vehicle with the steering mechanism unscathed. The truck was then returned to the owners for further investigation.

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Alaskan Bulk Tanker Fire

by resolveadm on December 11, 2007
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Firefighters from Resolve Fire & Hazard Response, Inc. led a fire attack team from the US Coast Guard and a municipal fire department to extinguish a smoldering wood pulp fire aboard the M/V Star Eagle, a 589 foot Norwegian flagged, open hatch, single deck bulk carrier, off the coast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The fire occurred in the ship's number one cargo hold and it took four days to completely extinguish the fire. The cargo hold was filled with wood pulp, the final raw product before made into paper and the Star Eagle has nine holds with combined pulp bale capacity of 42,000 cubic meters.

Resolve's responsibility was to make sure the fire was completely out, leaving the ship in a safe manner. Resolve met with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), local officials, and ship crew, and created an operational plan to begin temperature monitoring to determine the temperature of the cargo hold. Equipment and personnel from the Unalaska Fire Dept (UFD) and the damage control team from Coast Guard cutter Morgenthau, were utilized. Resolve conducted a visual survey of the exterior of cargo hold #1, and a visual survey of the hold from the port ballast tank utilizing confined space entry techniques. Resolve conducted atmospheric monitoring of the port and starboard tunnels, measuring oxygen levels, explosive gases, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide was released into the holds to smother the still smoldering pulp while the Morgenthau damage control team conducted boundary cooling on port and starboard sides of cargo hold to cool the steel.

There was a 60 degree temperature difference between the outside air (25 degrees Fahrenheit with sleet) and the bundles (80-90 degrees Fahrenheit). The bundles were still warm two days after cargo hold opened. The warm bundles provided the potential for tunnel, where slow combustion can occur due to the slow smoldering generating heat in the middle of the bales. The USCG removed the damaged bundles from the cargo hold and placed them in a container on deck for transport to their final destination. About 100 bundles were ruined and removed from the cargo hold. According to the USCG, the cause of the fire was determined to be clad welding in an adjacent ballast tank.

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Progressive Pipeline

by resolveadm on December 11, 2007
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Resolve is well underway on the Progressive Pipeline project which involves the removal of eleven miles of obsolete pipeline from the Gulf of Mexico. Utilizing Global Positioning Devices with pinpoint accuracy, Resolve approach to this project is first, having divers locate and expose the abandoned pipeline which lay in 15 to 20 feet of water, buried 3 to 10 feet beneath the sea bed. This is an extremely safety sensitive operation due to the fact that the obsolete 10 inch pipe line and new operational 20 inch pipelines lay next to each other and in several locations the obsolete pipeline runs under operational pipeline. Once the location of the old pipeline is tracked and identified the task of cutting it into 40 foot sections is begun. In total, Resolve will locate, recover and transport 1,456 forty-foot sections of obsolete pipe, each weighing approximately 3,500 pounds. Upon arrival by barge in Sabine Pass, TX the pipeline sections are cut again and disposed of as scrap metal.Equipment being utilized on this project includes anchor handling tugs, global positioning devices, crane barges, offshore supply vessels, and crew accommodation vessels as well as a cadre of Resolve's specialized equipment deployed specifically for this endeavor. Resolve divers are working around the clock and enduring harsh winter conditions including frigid water temperatures, 25 to 30 knot winds, 5 to 7 ft seas and ice on the decks of the vessels. These extreme conditions also make this job especially challenging for vessel and offshore crane operations. Not withstanding these conditions, Resolve's team is up to the task and we estimate that we will deliver all 1,456 sections of the pipeline to Sabine Pass on schedule.

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Albert E. Watts

by resolveadm on December 11, 2007
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The ALBERT E. WATTS was a 592 ft, 4500 ton (lightship) T-2 tanker type (World War II era) vessel. The WATTS had been moored in Mobile, Alabama for approximately 30 years and had been used by the U.S. Coast Guard as a fire test platform. The vessel's condition was extremely poor, and the vessel contained a large quantity of hazardous materials including asbestos, PCB's, lead paint, mercury, oily waste, etc. The vessel was partially submerged, sitting on the bottom, and its condition precluded it from being towed to any facility. The vessel represented the worst and highest risk vessel in MARAD's extensive Reserve Fleet.

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170 Meter Bulk Carrier

by resolveadm on December 11, 2007
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

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Resolve Marine Group, Inc. and their partners SvitzerWijsmueller, mobilized to assist a 170 meter Bulk Carrier which grounded on a protected coral reef off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. The salvage team immediately conducted an assessment of both the vessel and her cargo. This entailed Resolve's Divers and Marine Biologist conducting dive surveys of the vessel and the coral reef to ensure that the vessel could be removed with minimal environmental impact. The development of proper engineering and environmental protection plans were a major part of this project with input from the U. S. Coast Guard, the State of Florida, and Broward County personnel as well as representatives from the vessel's owners. The final Salvage Plan called for lightering 2,000 metric tons of cargo to a barge with ballast concurrently added to keep the Clipper Lasco firmly aground until time to re-float the vessel. Upon completion of the lightering operations, Resolve/SvitzerWijsmuller personnel discharged the ballast water as the high tide approached. Utilizing three tugs, the vessel was safely re-floated and towed to safe anchorage to conduct a dive survey to ensure that the underwater hull of the vessel was completely intact. Upon completion of the survey the vessel was safely towed into Port Everglades to complete the discharge of cargo.

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Integrated Tug & Barge

by resolveadm on December 11, 2007
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

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Resolve Towing and Salvage, Inc., a division of Resolve Marine Group, Inc., deployed its assets in response to a grounded vessel near the Texas coast July 20. The 691-foot Integrated Tug and Barge (ITB), which was transporting 330,000 barrels of premium and regular unleaded gasoline to Port Everglades, ran aground 1.5 miles from the Sabine Pass Jetties. Upon the Resolve Salvage crew's arrival, surveying and engineering assessments were made and it was determined that nearly a third of the cargo needed to be carefully removed from the vessel in order to refloat it. Under the guidance of Resolve Salvage Master Frank Leckey, the nine man transferred the product, developed the refloat plan and hired additional floating assets.The seven-day evolution resulted in the successful transferring of 100,000 barrels of gasoline to a barge, after which five tugboats towed the grounded ITB back into the Sabine Pass Channel. Upon refloating the ITB safely, Resolve's Salvage Master returned custody of the vessel to the ship's pilots. Integrated Tug and Barges are barges that are pushed by specially-configured tugboats. When the tug and barge are connected, the two form a single unit that functions as a ship. There were no reports of accidents, injuries or discharges of pollution as a result of the incident. Inspectors determined the vessel showed no signs of damage as a result of the grounding. The cause of the incident is being investigated by the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office of Port Arthur, Texas. Resolve Marine Group, Inc. has been in business nearly 25 years and offers such services as emergency marine salvage, towing and lightering services. The company also facilitates dozens of marine special projects annually, including the sinking of artificial reefs.

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Hurricanes Katrina/Rita

by resolveadm on December 11, 2007
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

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Resolve Marine Group, Inc. has deployed crews and assets to the Gulf Coast region in response to some of more than 100 vessel casualties resulting from the onslaught of Hurricanes Katrina/Rita. As soon as Sept. 2, just days after the Category 4 storm plowed through the Louisiana/Mississippi coastlines, Resolve crews were on hand to respond to a 198-meter vessel grounded in the Mississippi River. Due to the high volume of vessel casualties, Resolve has planned to be very busy in the Gulf region for several weeks to come. Aside from the hundreds of thousands of people Hurricane Katrina left homeless in the region, the storm has crippled shipping operations in the Mississippi River, causing spikes in the gasoline prices and other goods reliant upon the steady flow of the river. Resolve is committed to helping those ship owners who have entrusted us to with the salvage of their vessels and we remain devoted to doing our part in ensuring the timely resumption of shipping operations in the area.

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150 Foot Towing Vessel

by resolveadm on December 11, 2007
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

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Resolve's team reponds to a 150' towing vessel which struck a submerged object in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessel began flooding approximately 20 miles offshore while loaded with approximately 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel oil. The vessel eventually sank with only 2 feet of the vessel remaining visible. Resolve Towing and Salvage responded and identified a 9' crack with a 3' rupture. The Resolve Team mobilized equipment to lighter the fuel and seal the hull to prevent further discharge. Upon completion of lightering the vessel was raised using a combination of dewatering of tanks and lift bags and subsequently secured in preparation for towing, in her inverted position, to safe harbor. Upon the vessel's arrival, Resolve completed de-fueling of the vessel and righted her using a combination of water ballast in off-center fuel tanks and two cranes.

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Texas Clipper

by resolveadm on November 22, 2007
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD
+1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868
mlord@resolvemarine.com

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Resolve Marine is currently in the process of preparing the Texas Clipper for use as an artificial reef off the coast of south Texas. Resolve began work on this project in October 2006 when we made the vessel safe for towing and subsequently towed her to Brownsville, Texas for the remediation phase of the work. While in Brownsville, Resolve will ensure the vessel is safe for divers, remove all hazardous materials in accordance with EPA's Best Management Practices, will engineer a Sink Plan and will excute that plan to set the vessel in an upright position off the coast of Texas.

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LIGHTERING AND REFLOAT OF 99,000 DWT TANKER

by resolveadm on July 11, 2007
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CONTACT: MARTHA LORD +1 954 764 8700 / + 1 954 257 2868 mlord@resolvemarine.com

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On July 12, 2007, Resolve Towing & Salvage, Inc., (a subsidiary of Resolve Marine Group, Inc.) responded to a 243 meter motor tanker which ran aground near Ambrose Light, off of Coney Island, New York. The tanker was outbound fully loaded with 548,000 barrels of Low Sulfur Fuel Oil (LSFO) when she reportedly had a steering malfunction and ran aground at approximately 0640hrs on July 12th.
 
Immediately upon notification, Resolve mobilized a team of salvage experts which arrived on site within hours of the casualty. Resolve salvage engineers, along with the SERT team from USCG worked through the day to develop a Salvage and Lightering plan and once approval was obtained from the USCG, the salvage team worked through the night to remove 120,000 barrels of product from the grounded tanker. Although there was no penetration to the cargo tanks, the vessel did suffer two breaches to the ballast tanks - damage that could have been caused by running over her own anchor.
 
Upon completion of the lightering and deballasting operations, the vessel was safely refloated during the high tide on Friday, July 13th, utilizing four local tugs. Resolve immediately commenced an underwater inspection of the ships hull in conjunction with local authorities and the vessel's classification society, ABS. Further planning was undertaken to prepare and obtain approval from USCG for the full discharge of cargo from the casualty.
 
Under the direct supervision of Resolve personnel, all 548,000 barrels of cargo was transferred on to another vessel to enable the WHITE SEA to safely transit light ship to a repair facility. Cargo transfer operations were completed and the vessel sailed from New York Harbor on the 28th of July bound for an undisclosed facility. In the words of COTP Sector NY, Capt Robert R. O'Brien, Jr, " This is what teamwork and partnership is all about".

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