Royal Boskalis Westminser subsidiary Smit Salvage has acquired two five-year marine salvage contracts to serve as the exclusive marine salvage and engineering support contractor for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the division of the US Navy responsible for engineering, building, buying, and maintaining navy ships and submarines.
Smit Salvage will provide the US Navy with marine salvage, salvage-related towing, ocean engineering, and towage services in the event of an emergency or incident in two of the three geographic zones in the world as defined by the US Navy.
Smit Salvage held a contract for one zone covering the area between the Suez Canal and the dateline – the imaginary line down the Pacific Ocean on which the calendar day begins and ends – for a number of periods totalling more than 30 years, which it was able to renew. In addition, the contract for a second zone between the dateline and the US West Coast was successfully acquired.
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