On March 10th, 2011, the combined chemical and oil tanker, Gelso M, ran aground on the rocks in Santa Panagia, Italy due to bad weather. SMIT Salvage was called upon to respond and work with the Italian Cost Guard and local Harbor Master for the inspection and potential salvage. After inspection, SMIT called upon Defiant Marine to provide a five-man crew for the remediation of any potential environmental threat, such as hydrocarbons or hazardous cargo. Defiant Marine’s team worked with SMIT to provide efficient and effective emergency response and the job was successfully completed to the satisfaction of Italian authorities. The Defiant Marine team is back in the States and ready to respond to the next causality.