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Of interest to the maritime industry in Southern Africa is the news that global maritime services firm, Ardent and Ardentia Marine Group, a Spanish salvage, engineering and commercial diving company, have formally partnered for future operations.

The two companies signed a cooperation agreement in June 2016.

Ardentia Marine Group maintains a strong presence in Spain and Portugal. Ardentia has been the emergency response and underwater services provider for the Spanish Coast Guard since 2009, and has intervened in nearly 100 operations with marine casualty control, fuel and bunker removal, refloating and wreck removal.

Prior to the cooperation, both companies had jointly worked on the Oleg Naydenov to remove oil from the submerged fishing trawler at 2.7 km underwater with remote operated vehicles in 2015. Ardentia has also completed the fuel and bunker removal of the M/T Woodford at 85m underwater in 2012, and the wreck removal of the trawler, Santa Ana in Cabo Peñas, Spain.



In May, 2015, Svitzer Salvage, a part of the Maersk Group, and Titan Salvage, under the Crowley Group, merged to form Ardent. Ardent sustains one of the most robust maritime preparedness programs in the industry for all vessels.