Crowley Maritime and Svitzer Salvage have reached an agreement to merge their salvage divisions to create a new company named “Ardent.”
The company will be equally owned by Crowley and Svitzer, and will start operations on May 1, 2015.
Svitzer, an emergency response company, and Crowley’s Titan Salvage, a wreck removal company among other things known for raising the Costa Concordia, will join together in an entirely new entity.
“The company will become an industry leader in wreck removal and emergency response,” said Peter Pietka, chief executive officer of Ardent (formerly CEO of Svitzer Salvage). “Further, while remaining integral to our new company, emergency response and wreck removal will be part of a wider ecosystem of services. We have come together to build a more modern and effective offering for the maritime sector.”
Chris Peterson, vice president, TITAN, added: “This merger brings together some of the most experienced, highly regarded salvage experts in the world. Our combined strength means we can provide a stronger network in key global locations, it means best practices shared globally and it means a broad range of proven marine capabilities that will best serve the maritime industry for a long time to come.”
Ardent will be headquartered in Houston, Texas, with operational offices in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Singapore. The company will also have supporting offices in Australia, Brazil, South Korea, Greece, South Africa and other regions.
“The real power and benefit for the industry of our merged business will be its capacity and ability to adapt to the changing needs of our customers,” said Pietka. “Ardent will serve as a strong platform for organic growth and new expansion opportunities in complementary businesses such as underwater services and offshore decommissioning. Structured for growth and diversification, we will create new opportunities for the company and its employees.”
The new executive management team will be led by Peter Pietka, along with Jeff Andreini, chief financial officer, Renier van den Bichelaer, chief commercial officer, and Paul van’t Hof, chief operations officer and Chris Peterson, merger manager.
Ardent will begin operating May 1 as one legal and financial entity under a singular management team, after which there will be a short transitional period in which the two companies will fully integrate all operational systems including IT, HSEQ, financial, commercial and operations.