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Salvage vs. Vessel Recovery

The differences between Salvage and Vessel Recovery are subtle and require some background knowledge.

The term Salvage applies all over the world in the marine or nautical industry, but for the purposes of this information we will focus on the United States of America. Salvage and the ability to claim Salvage is typically only recognized upon the Federal navigable waters of the U.S and on inland lakes and rivers that border more than one state. Inland waters of this nature allow for interstate transport and therefore are subject to federal rules. On waters where Salvage is not recognized Sea Tow will be performing Vessel Recovery services.

Vessel Recovery services will typically be billed on a time and material (T&M) basis or under a Flat Fee structure. Many of the same methods and equipment will be employed during the vessel recovery as would be in a salvage situation. Great care to protect lives, property and the environment are always our top priority.

Vessel Recovery Services

Besides the host of "typical" on-water assistance services Sea Tow provides, Sea Tow Franchisees offer a host of other services for your vessel recovery needs. Whether your vessel has blown off its mooring, sank at the dock or ran aground high and dry we can help.

Sea Tow Franchisees maintain special equipment and training that enables them to efficiently recover your vessel while preventing any further damage, therefore preserving the value of your vessel and hopefully limiting the repairs which will get you back on the water quicker.

A Sea Tow Franchisee's typical Salvage and Recovery "toolbox" will include a variety of gas and electric pumps, enclosed flotation pillows (airbags), air compressors, divers and diver gear, rigging straps and other miscellaneous rigging equipment, trucks, trailers, patching material and pneumatic tools for use underwater. To protect the environment we employ oil absorbent materials and oil containment boom. Sea Tow operators also maintain relationships with subcontractors for most any other equipment that may be needed, not to mention local marinas that can provide vessel haul-outs and repairs.

The foregoing is offered for general information purposes only, and may not be construed as a legal opinion.

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