Titan Salvage, who was part of the Costa Concordia shipwreck salvage team, has been awarded the 2014 Corporate Marine Environment Protection Award of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA). It recognises the proactive approach of Titan towards protecting and preserving the oceans.
The award will be accepted by Chris Peterson, vice president of the company, on October 29 at the annual conference of NAMERA in New York. Lindsay Malen, director of business development with Titan Salvage, commented:
“Titan is a proud member of NAMEPA [and] we will continue to support the organisation’s efforts to protect our seas and lead by example.”
Chris Peterson added:
“Titan is committed to ensuring the safety of our people, the public and the environment … this accolade is a testament to our mission, we are both humbled and honoured to receive NAMEPA’s Corporate Marine Environment Protection Award.”
Titan Salvage is a wholly owned subsidiary of Crowley Maritime Corporation. The company was formed in 1981 with only one tug and since then the salvage and wreck removal projects that it has taken part in are more than 450. Among its salvage operations are the removal of New Carissa wreck outside Coos Bay and the raising of the sunken in 1864 submarine Hunley.
The Costa Concordia wreck removal project took 48,000 engineering man-hours and 1,200 workers. The total number of dives was over 22,000 taking 30,000 hours.
"Every aspect of the project was handled with the utmost professionalism and of the highest caliber of calculation and planning.
"Our team’s goal was to accomplish the project with safety, ingenuity and detail; we truly believe that we did just that,” explained Chris Peterson.
The contract was awarded in April 2012 and took over two years to complete the biggest maritime salvage operations in history.