Salvage company Ardent has a new CEO, a changed strategy and new headquarters in Europe. The firm's change of course means that around 20 employees have been dismissed, CEO Oliver Timofei tells ShippingWatch.
Salvage company Ardent has had high expectations for a billion-dollar market for decommissioning end-of-life oil platforms. But now the company has a new CEO, strategy and headquarters. Oliver Timofei, who has taken over leadership, talks about the background in an interview with ShippingWatch.
The new owners of salvage company Ardent are changing the company's strategy. The new course includes a farewell to CEO Peter Pietka. The company will also move away from decommissioning, which it has otherwise been pursuing in recent years.
Ardent has now won several decommissioning contracts for drilling platforms after years of trying to get its foot in the door. "I think that many players in the oil industry have a mantra which goes 'low oil price forever'," the CEO tells ShippingWatch.
Maersk Group took an impairment on its investment in Ardent due to a significant decline in the market in 2016. But this year is going much better for the salvor, which has won its biggest job this year with vessel Kea Trader, CEO tells ShippingWatch.
Ardent, a joint venture between Svitzer and US-based Titan, have formally partnered with Spanish group Ardentia, which provides salvaging and engineering activities with a special focus on Spain and Portugal.
Maersk and Crowley's salvage joint-venture, Ardent, sees a significant potential in dismantling offshore installations in the wake of the poor oil market. ShippingWatch has interviewed Ardent's CEO Peter Pietka.
The salvage industry has up until now normally recovered oil from wrecks located no more than 100 meters below the surface. Now partially Maersk-owned Ardent will recover oil from a Russian wreck located three kilometers below the surface.
Hidtil har bjærgningsindustrien normalt hentet olie op fra skibsvrag, der befandt sig op til 100 meter under overfladen. Nu skal det delvis Maersk-ejede Ardent hente olie op fra et russisk vrag, der ligger på tre kilometers dybde.
Den sydkoreanske passagerfærge Sewol, der sank pludseligt i april 2014 og kostede mere end 300 mennesker livet, skal nu hæves. I dag er der åbnet for bud på kontrakten, der vurderes at ligge på omkring 600 millioner kroner. Svitzer byder ind, oplyser selskabet til ShippingWatch.
Svitzer's salvage division has joined forces with the biggest carrier in the US, Crowley, to create the world's largest salvage company. Svitzer CEO Robert Uggla is - in a surprise to some - not part of the board. ShippingWatch has interviewed coming Ardent CEO Peter Pietka.
Svitzers bjærgningsdivision er gået sammen med amerikanske Crowley om at skabe verdens største bjærgningsselskab. Svitzers CEO Robert Uggla er til nogens overraskelse ikke med i bestyrelsen. ShippingWatch har interviewet Ardents kommende topchef Peter Pietka.