The Marine Response Alliance LLC (MRA or Alliance) announced the addition of McAllister to the MRA as a full and equal member. McAllister is now united with the other MRA member companies—Crowley Marine Services, Inc. (Crowley), Marine Pollution Control Corporation (MPC), Titan Maritime LLC (Titan) and Marine Hazard Response (MHR) (a joint venture of Wild Well Control, Inc. and Williams Fire and Hazard Control, Inc.) to provide OPA 90 Salvage and Marine Firefighting services to the maritime community. The expanded MRA will provide unparalleled access to comprehensive emergency response services. The MRA provides OPA 90 compliant capabilities for rescue towing, lightering, salvage and firefighting services in all U.S. Captain of the Port zones.
Regulatory changes in OPA 90 Salvage and Marine Firefighting Regulations prompted MRA to expand and strengthen its capabilities. With McAllister, the Alliance has enhanced its existing emergency towing capability and solidified its position as the premier provider of marine emergency response services. “We offer the most complete salvage and marine firefighting package of services available,” said Dan Schwall, one of the directors of the Alliance. “The addition of McAllister to Crowley’s already extensive rescue towing, tug and barge services results in an unprecedented tug capability in the U.S. with tugs now available for emergency response on all three U.S. coasts.
McAllister’s fleet will also provide additional response platforms for the other member companies, MPC for lightering, Titan for salvage and MHR for marine firefighting response services.” Buckley McAllister, a new director of the Alliance from McAllister, said, "We are pleased to have the opportunity to team up with Crowley, Titan, MPC and MHR as a full member of the MRA. We are excited to be part of a consortium that provides the worldwide shipping community with a one-stop call for emergency towing, lightering, salvage and marine firefighting services. We believe that the MRA team members have more than proven themselves via their extensive and impressive resume of successful jobs and we look forward to being part of MRA’s future."
“This expansion demonstrates the continuing commitment of the Alliance in investing in the infrastructure necessary to meet the needs of our clients,” said Margaret Kaigh Doyle, MRA general manager. “The U.S. Coast Guard salvage and marine firefighting regulations that take effect next year are all about having the resources, assets and ability to properly respond in all of the required geographic areas. The Alliance has gone above and beyond to ensure that our clients’ vessels are fully compliant and - more importantly - covered by the most capable resources available. We’re changing so our clients don’t have to”.
“The combined resources of the Alliance provide clients with more than 11,000 full-time employees and a fleet of over 370 vessels owned and operated by the five MRA member companies. This capability is unprecedented anywhere in the world” said Ms. Doyle Since 1994, MRA has provided access to marine emergency response services through a “one call” approach for both drills and actual response efforts. The Alliance relies on the member companies’ equipment and personnel to initiate emergency response within hours—or often minutes—of notice. The alliance of Crowley, MPC, TITAN, MHR and now McAllister ensures MRA customers have access to high horsepower tugs, lightering barges, portable pumping equipment, marine fenders, salvage gear and expertise, firefighting equipment and trained firefighters to meet federal and state requirements.
(Left to Right) Art Mead of Crowley. John Ara of Crowley, Eric McAllister, Margaret Kaigh Doyle of MRA, Brian McAllister, David Usher of MPC, Dan Schwall of Titan, Buckley McAllister, and Scott Powell of MHR.
For more information about MRA, see their website: www.marineresponsealliance.com.