Global maritime services provider, Ardent, Vernicos Tugs and Salvage, a Greece-based Tug & Salvage service provider and Environmental Protection Engineering (EPE) a Greece-based oil spill response provider, have formally partnered for future operations within Eastern Mediterranean and the adjacent waters.

The three companies signed a cooperation agreement on 20th March 2018 to closely work together on future opportunities and at the same time retain their own corporate identities.

ARDENT, Vernicos and EPE combine forces to provide emergency response services in the Eastern Mediterranean

Ardent, announces the formation of a partnership with Vernicos Tugs and Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (EPE). This cooperation strategically combines one of the world’s leading salvage, emergency response and wreck removal company with the largest provider of tugs and the largest pollution control expert in the region. The combined experience and abilities allow the Ardent-Vernicos-EPE team to handle casualties of all types and sizes, with the shortest response time frames – 24/7, 365 days a year – leading to prompt actions towards successful results.

“Ardent brings to the partnership experience in the world’s most technically challenging salvage and wreck removal jobs in history, along with a cache of specialized, proprietary equipment – which will now be strategically stored at Vernicos’ various depots, including Perama,“ said Dimitris Theodorou Ardent’s Director EMEA.

“The Alliance allows us to be the most effective provider of marine emergency response services in the region, providing an integrated network of floating assets as well as specialized equipment. It is a joint effort to pro-actively protect our seas by providing emergency response in the Eastern Mediterranean and surrounding regions,” said Jean Benzonana, Vernicos Tugs Chief Executive Officer.

"The synergies between the three companies will guarantee providing timely solutions in responding to marine incidents in the area of Eastern Mediterranean, and safeguarding the environment at the same time”, said Mr. Vasilis Mamaloukas, EPE Director.

Vernicos Tugs and Salvage, is one of the oldest tug and salvage companies in Greece with 150 years of experience, not only has a wealth of salvage experience, but also owns through its consortiums the largest fleet of tugboats in the Eastern Mediterranean. More information on Vernicos Salvage and Towage can be found on

Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (EPE) was established in Piraeus in 1977, and has successfully responded to more than two thousand pollution incidents on the last four decades with state-of-the-art equipment, specialized vessels, and highly trained and experienced personnel. More information on Environmental Protection Engineering S.A. (EPE) can be found on

In May 2015, Svitzer Salvage, a part of the Maersk Group, and Titan Salvage, under the Crowley Group, merged to form Ardent. Ardent was created to offer a more comprehensive solution to the maritime industry and achieves this by diversifying its services from traditional salvage to a full range of emergency management services, project related work, offshore decommissioning and subsea services. We raised the cruise liner “Costa Concordia” off Italy, refloated the grounded car-carrier “Hoegh Osaka” in the United Kingdom, extinguished the Caribbean Fantasy fire in Puerto Rico, and more recently removed the jack-up, “Troll Solution” from the Gulf of Mexico. As a services company with a strong network, delivering safe, economical and innovative solutions to our customers in the offshore and shipping sectors, we aim to be your trusted partner in challenging circumstances. More information on Ardent can be found on

Source: Ardent