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Salvage & Spill Response

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EDITOR’S NOTE s the lines between salvage and spill response become increasingly blurred, there is no better time to examine the issues and emerging technologies that make both topics so fascinating to dissect. There’s no better way to do just that than having the Chief Executives of both

A the American Salvage Association (ASA) and its international counterpart, the International Salvage

Union (ISU) weigh in on all things salvage. Each viewpoint comes with its own laundry list of con- cerns, sometimes diverging in approach and at other times; coming together as a common voice.

This month, you won’t get that anywhere else but MarineNews.

Salvage and response ? rms both have a lot on their plates as the third quarter comes to a close.

That’s because each has to deal with the ? nancial challenges of maintaining a ready arsenal of multi- keefe@marinelink.com mission equipment and vessels, but also the need to keep current with technology advances, onerous liability questions and the all-important protection of the environment. But environmental issues span far more than just salvage and response. That’s because, heaven forbid, before you have to deal with a Lloyd’s Open Form, the need to limit your vessel emissions – from the stack, on deck and below the waterline – are also in play. That costs money, but maybe not as much as you might think; that is, if you go about it in just the right fashion. This month, we delve into all of it.

Separately, and seemingly far from the worries of casualties, pollution and energy-induced ? nan- cial worries, some U.S. boat builders are bucking the trend by riding the need for maritime security platforms, all the way to the bank. And, while MarineNews prides itself on covering all that is do- mestic brown water, all of the time, it is also true that there is brown water – and maritime security worries – on the other side of the pond. Domestic boat builders are happy enough to support those needs, with a raft of export hulls, while catering to an equally robust domestic appetite for the same multi-missioned, workboat hulls. Bringing a ray of sunshine on a partly cloudy day for boat build- ers, Susan Buchanan’s optimistic look at this sector of the industry begins on page 28.

Without a crystal ball to tell you what comes next on the waterfront, you might take my assessments of the state-of-the-industry that follow with a grain of salt. That’s okay, too. The latest rumor from inside the Beltway at DHS is that the long-awaited subchapter ‘M’ towboat rules could come as soon as February. No less important, also to come from inside the Department of Homeland Security, will be the next Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) cut. Both edicts will inject a much-needed dose of business into the boatbuilding sector. At a time when uncertainties fueled by the worst energy prices in more than six years have shipyards nervously eyeing their backlogs, both decisions will impact the domestic waterfront profoundly. That much I do know and you can take that – literally – straight to the bank.

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Joseph Keefe, Editor, keefe@marinelink.com

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