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Friday, December 15, 2017

Salvage

Marine salvage is the process of rescuing a ship, its cargo, or other property from peril. Salvage encompasses rescue towing, putting out fires, patching or repairing a ship, refloating a sunken or grounded vessel, moving a disabled vessel in order to clear navigation channels, and raising sunken ships or their cargo. Equipment involved in salvage operations may include cranes, floating dry docks, and support vessels (such as tugboats). Commercial divers may be called upon to perform underwater tasks and monitor progress below the surface.

Protecting the marine environment from pollution from cargoes such as oil or other contaminants is often an important part of salvage activities. Usually the vessel or valuable parts of the vessel or its cargo may be recovered for its resale value, or for scrap. The vast majority of salvage operations are contracted to qualified seamen and engineers working as professional salvors. Usually, contracted agents expect no financial reward unless the salvage operation is at least partially successful.

If salvage is not performed under a contract, then the rescuer must act voluntarily and aside from any legal duty to act, other than the acknowledged duty to render assistance to those in peril at sea or to attend after a collision. If the owner or the owner’s agent is still on the ship, they can refuse offers of assistance. A vessel found entirely deserted or abandoned without hope or intention of recovery is considered derelict and is fair game for anyone who comes across it. It is not true, however, that the rescuer or salvor automatically becomes the owner of the property. The owner always has the option to reclaim his property by paying an appropriate reward.

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Lindsay Malen-Habib (Photo: Resolve Marine Group)

Resolve Grows Client Services Team

Resolve Marine Group has strengthened its senior team with the appointments of Lindsay…

Todd Schauer, President, American Salvage Association

Insights: Todd Schauer, President, American Salvage Association

Todd Schauer is Director of Operations at Resolve Marine Group, as well as President…

Rose Joins Global Diving & Salvage

Eric Rose has joined Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. as Director of Business Development…

MV Ella Salvage Operations to Begin off England

Salvage operations are expected to commence shortly in order to remove the wreck…

Ardent’s salvage crews work from their reconfigured sea base next to the Kea Trader, a stranded cargo vessel in New Caledonia. (Photo: Ardent)

Salvage: Refloating the Kea Trader

When the 2,194 TEU containership Kea Trader ran aground on the Durand Reef in the…

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

How to Legally Remove a Hazardous Wreck

What is the legal basis for removing a hazardous wreck at sea? Who bears the liability?

Todd Busch (Photo: Sea Machines)

Crowley’s Busch Joins Sea Machines’ Board

Todd Busch, Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Technical Services, at Crowley Maritime…

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Salvage and Marine Firefighting

Salvage and marine firefighting are complex response efforts often undertaken in…

Todd Schauer (Photo: ASA)

Op/Ed: The Real Story Behind the Attack on SMFF Regulations

ASA Sets the Record Straight. The U.S. salvage industry came under attack at a recent…

Juan Manuel Santos (Photo: Juan David Tena - SIG)

Colombia Moves to Salvage Treasure from Spanish Shipwreck

Colombia is making progress towards salvaging a Spanish galleon carrying jewels and…

To be equipped with a suite of GE’s marine technologies, Shanghai Salvage Bureau’s newest deep-water diving support vessel (DSV) will become the world’s first-class deep-water DSV with a multi-saturation diving system and pipe lay system. (Photo: GE Marine)

Spread of GE Tech Ordered for DSV Newbuild

Shanghai Salvage Bureau’s (SSB) new ship is purpose-designed for a range of roles…

Todd Schauer (Photo: ASA)

Monopoly Seekers Increase Burden on Shipping -ASA

In a recent statement at a U.S. Congressional hearing, American Salvage Association (ASA) President…

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