While talking at the first SAFETY4SEA Conference in Hamburg, Mr. Mauricio Garrido, President at T&T Salvage LLC, discussed ‘ways to respond when safety fails’ from marine salvage industry perspective, noting that the constantly emerging regulations and the influx of larger and larger ships are challenging safety in the sector.
Mauricio graduated from the New York Maritime College with a degree in Naval Architecture, as well as an unlimited Marine Engineer’s license. Mauricio’s experience includes tenure as Naval Architect and Marine Engineer with the technical division of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) responsible for operating more than 150 vessels. He was soon promoted joining the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), an independent federal agency responsible for marine casualty investigations and safety oversight. At the NTSB, Mauricio formed part of the investigation teams of major incidents such as the grounding of the EXXON VALDEZ. Since 1990, Mauricio has actively responded to more than 400 major incidents worldwide including ship and cargo salvage, wreck removal and oil pollution cases as Casualty Surveyor, Project Manager or Salvage Master. Since 2008, Garrido has been acting as President of Houston-based T&T Salvage overseeing global emergency response activities. Garrido maintains a close relationship with maritime authorities providing advisory services relating to emergency response and crisis management. Of note, was Mauricio’s participation during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which resulted in more than 1,500 major marine casualties in the US Gulf, where he was commissioned by the US Coast Guard to act as overall advisor and coordinator for salvage operations and the reopening of the Mississippi River. In addition, Mauricio was recently appointed as Adjunct Professor to the Naval War College of Uruguay, acted as advisor to Mexico’s Secretariat of the Navy and regularly lectures on emergency response as part of the Inter-American Committee of Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS). Mauricio is a past President and Executive Committee member of the American Salvage Association (ASA). He is also a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the North American Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA).
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