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Boskalis expands salvage business with Ardent Americas acquisition

Dutch dredging and maritime services firm Royal Boskalis Westminster has expanded its salvage presence in the US with the acquisition of maritime emergency response specialist Ardent Americas.

Ardent Americas was formed in 2015 following the merger of Svitzer Salvage and Titan Salvage, and operates from Houston and Fort Lauderdale. It is a leading player under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90) for the provision of marine emergency response services covering approximately 500 shipowners with over 4,000 vessels.

“Through this acquisition Boskalis further strengthens its existing position in the US maritime salvage market. Boskalis currently provides OPA90 services in the US with Donjon-Smit through its subsidiary SMIT Salvage and its joint venture partner Donjon Marine,” Boskalis said in a statement.

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Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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