TTB: How has COVID changed salvage response to the tug, towboat and barge industry?

Written by Marine Log Staff
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Lindsay Malen-Habib, president of the American Salvage Association and manager of client services for Resolve Marine Group

Despite COVID-19, casualties have continued, regulatory changes have persisted, and salvage and marine firefighting providers are expected to meet response standards despite travel restrictions and social distancing requirements.

Although the pandemic hasn’t changed the outcome for salvors and their clients, it certainly has changed the response process.

All these topics and more will be covered by Lindsay Malen-Habib, president of the American Salvage Association and manager of client services for Resolve Marine Group, in a presentation at Marine Log’s TTB (Tugs, Towboats & Barges) free virtual conference on March 24.

Discussing “Compliance and Safety Standards in Light of the COVID Era,” Malen-Habib will be discussing some of the changes and challenges the pandemic has presented salvors and the creative solutions they have come up with. She will also look at changes to regulations, such as Subchapter M and Merchant Mariner Credentials. These continue to evolve and place pressure on an already stretched tug, towboat and barge industry.

Malen–Habib has over 15 years’ experience in maritime emergency response and business development. She has extensive experience in emergency response contingency planning, compliance, salvage, and wreck removal projects.

Malen-Habib formerly represented Titan Salvage as its director of business development for five years that included the Costa Concordia operation, the largest wreck removal to date.

She comes from a family maritime background, with a focus in emergency response. She is co-founder of the first U.S. chapter of YoungShip, YoungShip Texas, and is an active member of WISTA Florida.

Elected as the first woman on the leadership committee of the American Salvage Association, she has now been appointed its first female president. An adjunct member of the Maritime Law Association (MLA), she is vice president of its Salvage Committee.

She has been published in various maritime journals and shares the passion of her colleagues to protect our seas.

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