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Marine Services: Environmental Protection & Preservation

April 24, 2017

We’re called Global Diving & Salvage but there’s much more to us than what’s in our name. Global offers expansive services beyond diving and salvage work, including environmental marine services. Our people, experience, and proven track record make us the top provider of marine services on the West Coast, with environmental crews based in Washington and California.

“If somebody calls and they’ve had an oil spill or some kind of unfortunate day,” said General Manager Aaron Harrington, “our goal is to protect the environment while simultaneously minimalizing the impact to our client.”

We have a wide variety of environmental experience; including emergency oil spill response, derelict vessel reclamation, shoreline cleanup and waterfront services.

“We do something different and exciting pretty much every day,” said Chris Sandell, Environmental Operations Manager for the Pacific Northwest. “Everything we do is fascinating.”

The marine services group handles a variety of routine jobs such as preventive booming, but their skills are even more vital when they work in conjunction with our other divisions on a major project. “Marine services might be coupled with a diving project; for instance, on the ship before they dive or when something sinks,” Harrington said. “It’s a symbiotic relationship with every service line and everything else we do.”

We’re an approved Washington Primary Response Contractor and we maintain relationships with state and federal agencies, including the Coast Guard, Department of Ecology and Environmental Protection Agency. Global also maintains an Oil Spill Response Organization (OSRO) rating with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response. All of our marine services personnel are Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) compliant and hold current licenses and endorsements. That means we can go anywhere, anytime to help.

“This work isn’t limited by any border,” says Scott Hynd, Environmental Operations Manager for California. “Whether it’s Alaska, California, Washington, or down in the Gulf of Mexico, everything is flexible and global.”

That flexibility falls on our environmental staff, too. There’s no such thing as a normal schedule when you work in marine services.

“These guys aren’t working on an assembly line punching out 55 widgets an hour, breaking at 10 and out by 3:30,” said Harrington. “Everyday is different. It’s all hours – night and day.”

“If it’s a small order or a giant contract,” said Sandell, “we’re just trying to take care of the client.”

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