Salvor Ready During Crystal Serenity Voyage
The Crystal Serenity will be the historically largest vessel, and first large luxury cruise ship, to ever sail across the Northwest Passage, and Ardent’s Global Preparedness Cover (GPC) will support the safety of this journey. Ardent is the merger of Svitzer Salvage and Titan Salvage.
The 250 meter (820 foot) long vessel is carrying a record-breaking 1070 passengers, and 655 crew members on a 32-day voyage from Anchorage to New York City.
“Ardent has been on the forefront of provide emergency preparedness services to its marine industry for many years, and this goes hand in hand in being prepared to respond in all regions in the world including the Arctic,” said Oliver Timofei, Ardent’s Director Emergency Management.
All staff at Ardent are on 24-hour response for the cruise ship’s journey. Large amounts of resources have been identified in preparation for emergencies.
Response capabilities for the Crystal Serenity consist of experienced professionals and teams supported by a network of tugs, barges, logistics, emergency response and dive capabilities.
“Ardent is continuously developing its response capability in the Arctic region, through Ardent Group assets, and key strategic partners,” said Ardent Operations Director Shelby Harris.
Ardent is not new to working with cruise liner companies. Its GPC and “OPA-90” programs provide access to salvage and emergency capabilities for cruise liner operators worldwide.
This month, Ardent responded one of its OPA-90 preparedness program vessels, the Caribbean Fantasy, when it caught on fire in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In 2012-2014, Ardent salvage crews were responsible for the largest maritime salvage job in history: the Costa Concordia, a cruise liner that struck the rock coast of Isola del Giglio, Italy.