Global Diving & Salvage is, in the words of its CEO, a construction company. The only difference is that for the West-Seattle based firm, construction happens in 600 feet of turbid ocean water in sites as far flung as Honolulu and Italy. Described as the largest diving contractor on the West Coast, Global Diving is a key player in the $331 million national marine salvage industry and the $4.1 billion marine construction industry.
Co-founders John Graham and Tim Beaver were fellow divers who began the company in the early 1980’s. At first focusing on repair projects, they quickly moved into large-scale marine construction and salvage. They eventually found their way to being the primary contractors for projects such as pier-building for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, inspecting sunken WWII ships for oil leaks, and inspecting the sunken cruise liner Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. The company is now the premier large-scale marine construction firm on the west coast, grossing $50 million in 2012.
A diverse, infrastructure-based project portfolio has been at the core of Global’s success. Their operations straddle three broad areas: marine salvage and response, marine construction, and offshore operations assistance. This permits Global to apply its professional diving and construction teams to a variety of projects, all marine-based. Recent expeditions have taken them from salvage work in the Gulf of Mexico to the Mariana Islands to conduct pollution remediation adjacent to an industrial iron smelter.