SMIT Salvage has been awarded the contract to salvage both the Front Altair and the Kokuka Courageous that were attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

The discharge of undamaged containers from the fire hit Yantian Express has started in the Port of Halifax, Nova Scotia and is expected to take at least 12 days.

Distressed cargo from the fire hit containership Yantian Express will take two months to be discharged once operations get underway at a shipyard in Freeport, Bahamas.

Hapag-Lloyd says that the container fire on the vessel Yantian Express that started on 3 January has been brought under control.

Container line Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has pledged to find all the containers that fell from the MSC Zoe last week and cover full costs of the clean-up.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has released pictures and video of the rescue operations undertaken for the car carrier Sincerity Ace which suffered a serious fire in the Pacific on 31 December 2018.

Journalists everywhere know that feeling – if someone tells you “this is not a news conference”, it’s probably worth reaching for your notebook or, at the very least, paying attention. The occasion was the International Salvage Union (ISU) marine journalists’ lunch, held in the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London.

Royal Boskalis Westminster (Boskalis) announced that its subsidiary SMIT Salvage was awared two five-year marine salvage contracts to serve as the exclusive marine salvage and engineering support contractor for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the division of the US Navy responsible for engineering, building, buying and maintaining Navy ships and submarines, Boskalis in a statement.

The American Salvage Association (ASA) and the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) joined in a conference in Panama, the first since they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in October 2017 for the promotion of communications and working relations between the two organisations.

Amid innovative new technology, a wistful and commemorative air hung over the opening of the 25th biennial ITS (International Tug, Salvage & OSV) Convention and Exhibition held in Marseille this week.

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