Pacific Towing Ltd (Pactow) has been given full membership to the International Salvage Union (ISU), the global trade association representing professional marine salvors.
In a statement, Gerard Kasnari, the Designated Person Ashore for Pacific Towing Ltd said, “It is indeed a very significant milestone in the company’s history.”
“It is a highly commendable achievement and our tribute goes to past and present senior managers, supervisors and all employees who have having brought the company to what it is now.” Mr Kasnari said.
The 61 members from 34 countries offer services that cover marine casualty response, pollution defence, wreck removal, cargo recovery, towage and related activities.
The ISU plays an important role in many legal and commercial developments concerning marine salvage.
It is a member of the Lloyd’s Salvage Group and has observer status at the International Maritime Organization and the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund
Since its establishment in 1977, Pacific Towing Ltd has supported the regional marine industry by providing harbour towage and mooring, terminal towage, ocean towage, coastal towage, commercial diving, salvage, emergency response and pollution prevention services.
Pacific Towing Ltd maintains a dominant position as PNG’s leading marine salvage contractor and participated in more than 40 salvage operations in PNG in the last 10 years.
Through strong relations with international salvage players, the company can call upon a vast resource of expertise and resource.
Pacific Towing Ltd has a record of sustained investment in the PNG maritime industry, as well as a proud history in the training and development of PNG seafarers at all levels, a statement says.
Pacific Towing PNG Limited is owned by Steamships Trading Company; with the main activities involving the provision of niche services to the marine industry comprising harbour towage and mooring, terminal towage, ocean towage, coastal towage, commercial diving services, plus, salvage, emergency response and pollution prevention services.