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In the early hours of July 27, 2014, a Donjon-SMIT NTVRP (Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan) vessel, a handysize bulk carrier, grounded in Lake St. Clair, near Detroit MI.

 

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On August 28, 2013 a tanker was lying at anchor off the port of Long Beach, CA and experienced a breach of the shell plate above the waterline in way of the No. 6P water ballast tank following allision with another vessel.

 

 

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On August 16, 2012 Martin & Ottaway received a call from SMIT Salvage Americas requesting standby naval architecture assistance for a vessel grounding in Venezuela. Within the hour, there was a possibility of travel instead to Chile for a second grounding and within a further 30 minutes, a third vessel was reported aground in Greenland.

 

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Arriving for a recent vessel survey in Philadelphia, PA with my colleague Wayne Thomas, we found ourselves pulling up to a pier alongside the laid-up SS United States. After completing the survey, we had the chance to walk the pier and admire this imposing vessel, capturing this image.

 

 

For a vessel with such rich heritage, still retaining the Blue Riband trophy for the fastest passenger vessel across the Atlantic (in both directions), it seems a little unbefitting to see her in her current state following retirement from service in 1969 and subsequent lay-up at Pier 82, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1996.

 

Since the late 1970's we have worked with a number of investment groups on attempts to return the vessel to service. Unfortunately, read more »

On January 21, 2012 I travelled to Kilometer 391 on the Parana River, near Rosario, Argentina on behalf of SMIT Salvage Americas Inc. to assist in the re-floating of the grounded bulk carrier, the M.V. "Aristeas P," pictured below: 

 

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Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Donjon-SMIT OPA-90 Training Day

December 08, 2011 Donjon Marine Co. Inc., HQ in Hillside NJ hosted the latest in the Donjon-SMIT, OPA-90 Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting (SMFF) network Captain of the Port Zone (COTPZ) training drills. The drill was attended by PRONAV Flex Crew fire fighting first response individuals, Donjon-SMIT, SMIT Salvage Americas and Martin & Ottaway RSA.

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Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Striped Bass Survey

On July 13, I was lucky enough to find myself aboard the 28 foot sport fishing boat "Makowish" out of Montauk, Long Island during a family camping vacation.

 

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