American Salvage Association members to bid for removal of Costa Concordia

Written by Nick Blenkey

costastackSeven of the ten companies invited to submit plans to remove the capsized cruise ship Costa Concordia are members of the American Salvage Association (ASA).

“While terribly tragic, the capsizing and grounding of the Costa Concordia underscores the need for a professional salvage response to this very complex challenge,” said ASA President Tim Beaver. “But ASA salvors are some of the very best in the world and I have no doubt the selected company will perform to its utmost capability,” he continued.

Costa Cruises said last week that following the appointed of Smit Salvage BV to remove the fuel from the Costa Concordia, it had established a technical committee to assist it in defining a vessel removal plan. The committee, comprising representatives of Costa Cruises, Carnival Corporation & plc, Fincantieri, RINA and industry experts in academia, will work in coordination with the competent authority .

Costa Cruises said it had launched a tender, calling on 10 companies around the world for the presentation of an operational plan for the removal of the entire hull of Costa Concordia.

Costa Cruises said the invitation was addressed “to the largest and most experienced companies in the world, capable of performing the operation in the shortest possible time, ensuring maximum safety and minimal environmental impact.”

The companies invited to tender are:

  1. Smit Salvage BV,
  2. Svitzer Salvage BV,
  3. Mammoet Salvage BV,
  4. Titan Salvage,
  5. Resolve Marine Group Inc.,
  6. T & T Marine Salvage Inc.,
  7. Donjon Marine Inc.,
  8. Titus Blacks Ltd,
  9. Fukada Salvage & Marine Works Co. Ltd. ,
  10. The Nippon Salvage Co Ltd.

Plans must be submitted by early March 2012. Costa Cruises, which will evaluate them together with Italy’s Scientific Committee on Civil Protection, with a view to selecting the best plan by the end of March 2012.

February 10, 2012

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