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Companies honored for Costa Concordia removal

Titan Salvage and Italian engineering partner Micoperi recently received the International Salvage Union Meritorious Service Award.

Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Houston-based subsidiary Titan Salvage and Italian engineering partner Micoperi recently received the International Salvage Union Meritorious Service Award for their execution of the largest maritime removal ever undertaken with the Costa Concordia.

ISU President Leendert Muller presented the award recognizing Titan and Micoperi during the organization’s Associate Members’ Day Conference in London.

The Costa Concordia ran aground in the waters surrounding Giglio Island, Italy, in January 2012 and was parbuckled (rotated upright), refloated and towed away by the Titan/Micoperi team last September.

The ship salvage was the largest and most technically demanding project of its kind in history and was carried out in full public view from the island.

“It was a superbly executed job that brought credit not only to the individuals and companies involved, but also to the wider salvage industry,” Muller said in a statement. “And it therefore gives me great pleasure to make the ISU’s Meritorious Service Award to the Titan/Micoperi Costa Concordia project team, including all the men and women who played their part.”

“It was a true privilege to accept this award on behalf of the Titan/Micoperi team and the hundreds of people who have worked tirelessly on this project,” said Todd Busch, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, technical services, who accepted the award on behalf of the team.

“The successful effort was special for so many reasons and to so many involved, including the residents of Giglio and Italy, our talented team and the passengers who were impacted,” Busch said. “And while we celebrate this, it is also important for those of us who represent an industry that responds to disaster to remember those who have lost their lives as a result of incidents such as this one and that we honor and respect their families.”

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