TITAN Completes Work on USS Port Royal

(POMPANO BEACH, Fla.; February 12, 2009) During the early morning hours of February 7, 2009, TITAN Salvage was activated by the US Navy’s Supervisor of Salvage – under Crowley’s West Coast US Navy Salvage contract – to respond to the grounding of the USS Port Royal outside of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
TITAN responded by mobilizing a nimble response team consisting of a salvage master, assistant salvage master and a salvage engineer, who all arrived on site later the same day.  Logistics and contracting was managed from TITAN’s operational headquarters in Pompano Beach, Florida and manned by a two-person team working around the clock to contract and manage all commercial resources required for the salvage operation.  Over the three-day salvage effort, TITAN mobilized tugs, lightering barge, labor and other third party services to assist the US Navy with the successful effort to salvage the ship.  
Contracted by TITAN and assisting with the operation were Hawaii based subcontractors and American Salvage Association (ASA) member companies American Marine and Weeks Marine/Healy Tibbit Builders along with local tug companies K-Sea, Sause Brothers Towing and Hawaiian Tug and Barge.

The 9,600-ton, 567-foot guided missile cruiser ran aground a half-mile off Honolulu International Airport’s Reef Runway after leaving port for several days of sea trials.

TITAN, a wholly owned Crowley subsidiary, is a worldwide salvage company based in Pompano Beach, Fla. The company also has offices and equipment depots in Newhaven, UK and Singapore. Over the past 28 years, TITAN has performed more than 300 salvage and wreck removal projects worldwide. Titan responds to vessel emergencies around the world and is accessible 24 hours a day through the company’s main dispatch telephone number, +1-954-545-4143. Additional information about TITAN may be found at www.titansalvage.com.

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff