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Ardent Launches Joint Venture with Subtech in Sub-Saharan Africa; Starts New Phase of Global Marine Services Network

01 June 2015 – As part of the next step in its creation of the premier global marine services network, Ardent the newly created company between Svitzer and Crowley is launching a Joint Venture with Southern Africa’s leading diving and marine services company, Subtech.

Subtech brings an unparalleled Sub-Saharan African presence through an extensive infrastructure network with facilities and activities that cover both East and West Africa in additional to its home territory of South Africa. Subtech’s experienced marine and sub-sea personnel, equipment resources, entrepreneurial business model and the support of James Fisher Group will help the Joint Venture to evolve and grow. The Joint Venture will build on an already successful track record of collaboration between Ardent and Subtech through projects such as the wreck removal of the MV SMART in Richard’s Bay and the emergency response salvage of the Vestas Wind off the coast of Mauritius.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be partnering with Ardent, a company with a global reputation for emergency response and wreck removal,” says Neil Scott Williams, Director of Salvage at Subtech and the General Manager of the Joint Venture “Our companies complement each other in a whole host of ways, and I see a wealth of opportunities ahead.”

The Joint Venture, Ardent Subtech, will be based out of Subtech’s existing Cape Town facility with supporting offices in Namibia, Mozambique and Mauritius. The key objectives of the Joint Venture are to increase responsiveness and operational capability throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and to provide clients with support and assurance in areas that are challenging to operate in. The Joint Venture will also look to maximize the use of its personnel and equipment by supporting additional services throughout the region and elsewhere.

About Ardent
Ardent is the merger of Svitzer Salvage and Titan Salvage to create a more modern and effective service for businesses in the maritime sector. Building on the heritage of two respected salvage companies, our offer covers risk mitigation, emergency response, wreck removal, offshore decommissioning and underwater services. Ardent is headquarted in Houston, Texas with key hubs located in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Singapore. These locations are supported by offices in Australia, Brazil, South Korea, Greece, the Middle East and South Africa.

About Subtech
Subtech (A member of the James Fisher and Sons Plc group) is a diving and marine services company offering a wide range of marine solutions including, salvage and towage, diving, hydro-graphic survey, last mile marine logistics, marine construction and sub-sea cable support to both the inshore and offshore markets throughout Southern Africa.
Subtech has operational offices in Angola, Namibia, South Africa (Cape Town and Durban), Mozambique (Maputo and Pemba).
This range of services and operational footprint have allowed Subtech to become the regions primary Emergency Marine Casualty Responder.