Ardent forms alliance in the Eastern Mediterranean

Vernicos tugs have a significant presence in the Eastern Mediterranean (Vernicos) Vernicos tugs have a significant presence in the Eastern Mediterranean (Vernicos)

Marine salvage company Ardent has formed a partnership with two Greek companies aimed at providing a better response capability in the Eastern Mediterranean and adjacent waters.

The cooperation agreement is between Ardent, Vernicos Tugs and Salvage and Environmental Protection Engineering (EPE) a Greek oil spill response service provider. The aim is for the three companies to work together on future opportunities while at the same time retaining their own corporate identities.

The agreement is described by Ardent as ‘strategically combining one of the world’s leading salvage, emergency response and wreck removal companies with the largest provider of tugs and the largest pollution control expert in the region.’

The move follows a trend within the towage and salvage industries to form agreements with others to enhance the services they offer, indeed Ardent came about with the merger of Svitzer Salvage and Titan Salvage, part of Crowley Maritime Corp back in 2015.

A similar arrangement was recorded soon after Ardent’s formation with the forming of a joint venture agreement with Subtech a leading South African diving and marine services company. Then in 2016 a formal partnership was agreed with Spanish salvage, engineering and commercial diving company Ardentia Marine Group and just a few months ago Ardent joined forces with Singapore-based maritime emergency and support services company Singapore Salvage Engineers to cooperate in Singapore and adjacent waters. As with this latest agreement each company retains its own corporate identity.

Vernicos Tugs and Salvage is one of the oldest tug and salvage companies in Greece with 150 years of history, not only with experience in salvage operations but also, through its consortiums, owning the largest fleet of tugs in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Jean Benzonana, Vernicos Tugs Chief Executive Officer said: “The Alliance allows us to be the most effective provider of marine emergency response services in the region, providing an integrated network of floating assets as well as specialized equipment. It is a joint effort to pro-actively protect our seas by providing emergency response in the Eastern Mediterranean and surrounding regions.”

Vasilis Mamaloukas, EPE Director added: “The synergies between the three companies will guarantee providing timely solutions in responding to marine incidents in the area of Eastern Mediterranean and safeguarding the environment at the same time.”

By Peter Barker

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