Bas Coppes has joined the senior management team at Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., aiming to guide the global growth of the marine services company. Coppes will be based out of Global’s Houston, Texas office and will be focusing on salvage and wreck removal operations worldwide. Coppes brings two decades of salvage and offshore experience … Continue reading Bas Coppes Appointed Director of Salvage & Wreck Removal
If you look closely at the gold diving helmet in the center of the Global Diving & Salvage logo you might notice that there’s something missing. It’s a subtle, slight mistake that – 35 years ago – fit the vision original owners Thom Davis and John Graham had for the company. The helmet in the … Continue reading A Closer Look at Global’s Logo
December 23, 2016 Global’s service offerings have expanded significantly since our initial focus on diving operations in 1979, but one of our founding capabilities – salvage and wreck operations – continues to be a success through the completion of hundreds of projects around the world. While every call is unique, our team brings quick response, … Continue reading Salvage & Wreck Services: Answering the Call Anytime, Anywhere
November 22, 2016 At Global we’re proud of our historical ties to the Puget Sound’s maritime industry and are devoted to protecting the history of the region. We have been a supporter of Puget Sound Maritime (PSM) for more than a decade. PSM’s mission is to create appreciation of the Puget Sound region’s maritime past … Continue reading Preserving Puget Sound’s Maritime Past and Future
October 3, 2016 Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. has received Tesoro’s 2016 Shared Value award. This award recognizes Tesoro’s service providers for significant improvements in working with and creating value for Tesoro and its key stakeholders. Global was one of 13 service providers recognized by Tesoro amongst their wide-ranging supplier network. Specifically, Global was recognized … Continue reading Global Receives Tesoro’s 2016 Shared Value Award
September 22, 2016 Back when Global was first founded in 1979, there were no video systems to provide clients with an opportunity to see things through the eyes of the diver beneath the surface of the water. In those early days of the company, each client had to trust that Global was working in their … Continue reading Honesty & Integrity Hold Deeper Meaning
August 25, 2016 As our operations have expanded to take on larger, more-complex projects, the need for internal training has also grown; as well as our need for skilled Quality Assurance (QA) and inspection personnel. Global Technical Services (GTS) was created to provide our customers with turnkey solutions for these industry needs. “We do things … Continue reading Learning More About Global Technical Services
What is Non-Destructive Testing? Non-destructive testing (NDT) is an increasingly integral part of construction and maintenance operations. NDT involves the inspection, testing, and evaluation of materials and structures – both above and below the water level – without causing damage to the structure or overall system. NDT is essential in the adherence of quality assurance … Continue reading Non-Destructive Testing: A Rapidly Growing Industry
Founded in 1979,Global started as a group of six dedicated,independent divers,all with the goal to make a living doing what they loved. Today,the company is the largest provider of marine construction and support services on the West Coast. We’ve come a long way by delivering on the toughest jobs and remaining true to our passion for diving,performance,and safety.
Prior to Global’s founding,the diving and salvage industry was primarily composed of freelance two-man teams – a diver and tender. As shipyards grew in the Pacific Northwest,the need for formalized marine-services companies grew as well. The passing of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969,which mandated that companies clean up maritime oil spills,also meant business was booming.
To meet this new demand,several outfits formed,including Seattle-based Crowley Environmental Services (CES). It was here that Global’s founders — John Graham,Greg Harem,Thom Davis,Mark Niccoli,Norm McCullum,and Joe Antounucci – first met. “Crowley has to be credited with teaching us much of what we learned,” says Thom Davis. “It was a great company to work for.”
The founders discussed starting their own diving company for nearly a year. Within CES,they were already essentially running their own business,and calling their own shots. Once decided,they moved forward quickly. Greg Harem was elected company president over drinks at a lounge at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport,minutes after returning from a dive job. So they dubbed their newfound company Global Diving & Salvage.
After a trying first year,Global established itself as a reliable crew of skilled,determined professionals. One invaluable customer was Dave Anderson,dockmaster at Todd Pacific Shipyard,who met the Global team while they were with CES. Impressed by their ability to safely complete any job,whatever the hour or conditions,he made them his single call for his diving needs. “These guys learned so quickly,” Anderson says. “They knew what I wanted before I even knew what I wanted.”
As our reputation has grown,so have our equipment resources,service offerings,and customer base. Today we have four regional offices across the U.S. Our crews work around the world,completing major construction projects,cleaning up oil spills,and salvaging vessels. All projects are preformed with the highest dedication to crew safety and performance excellence. We also provide ship husbandry,training,non-destructive testing,QA inspections,and marine consulting services to public and private organizations across the globe.
A small group of professional divers banded together in 1979 with the purpose of providing day-to-day diving,ship husbandry,marine construction,small vessel salvage,and spill response services in the Puget Sound region. Their philosophy was simple: provide tough,smart,and professional services for the maritime community,deliver outstanding customer service,and focus on employee safety.
The company was incorporated in 1980 as Global Diving & Salvage,Inc.,and it came to be known for its tenacious approach to every job. Each task was treated as the most important project on the books – from simple vessel surveys to fully-managed wreck removals. Tim Beaver,John Graham,and five others brought this philosophy to life and established a company built on their own heritage of craftsmanship,professional partnership,and environmental stewardship. They found success by developing,engaging,and igniting the passion of their people.
Today,the Global team serves clients throughout the world. Global believes that only when expertise is coupled with integrity can we be the proven solutions provider; resulting in confidence,value,and safety for our customers.
Our mission is to stimulate professional pride and passion in our craft and provide our clients and partners with safe and effective solutions to complex problems even under the most difficult conditions.
In 2016,the Global team is eager to unveil a new brand and website later this year. While the company will have an updated look and feel,Global has always – and will always – place safety above all else.