Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Titan On Watch For Great Barrier Reef Shipping Disasters

New Base For Marine Salvage Company
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA - US - The waters of the coast of Cairns are a Mecca for divers who want to access the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Overwhelmed by the variety of life under the warm seas they rarely explore the area for the plethora of wrecks whose remains still litter the seabed. As with the case of the Shen Neng 1 reported in May however, cases of groundings and shipwrecks in the open sea can still occur despite most of the inshore waters being protected with the shipping lanes a regular passage to container ships and bulk and coal vessels.

Now Crowley Maritime, the US marine services group have opened a new salvage base and depot in Cairns under their subsidiary company, Titan Salvage. Titan Maritime (Australia) Pty Ltd. is a partnership with a locally based salvage operator, Perrott Salvage which will serve as the group’s regional representative. The new base is strategically located to respond to marine and environmental disasters threatening the Great Barrier Reef and other marine casualties throughout the Australasia and South West Pacific regions.

Titan is well known in the industry having performed over 350 salvage and wreck removal projects since 1980, including some of the most technically demanding projects ever undertaken. The company also has offices, salvage teams and equipment depots in Newhaven, UK and Singapore in addition to its headquarters in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Titan is no strangers to coral reefs; our photograph shows the Cape Flattery, ironically named after the north western most tip of the mainland United States and renown as a ships graveyard. The 28,000 dwt bulk carrier laden with cement grounded on the reef off Barbers Point, Hawaii on the 2nd February 2005. In the following week Titan discharged 9,000 tonnes of her cargo to deck barges using both the ship's gear and barge-mounted cranes and carried it away despite the treacherous swell conditions and refloated her on the 11th February preventing severe damage to an ancient coral reef system that lay just ahead of the vessel.