When a ship runs aground or begins to sink, rescue crews are commissioned for the job. These rescue crews are trained in marine salvage, and will attempt to refloat, patch up, or tow away a wreckage. There are many reasons for marine salvage. If a ship is not removed from distress, it may begin to pollute the environment. Ships can carry fuel and other chemicals that can pollute the environment if not removed quickly. Distressed ships can also present a danger to other ships passing by. A ship may be removed simply for financial reasons, so that the ship’s operator can patch up their vessel and continue with operations.
The men and women who are employed for marine salvage are called “salvors” and they have an incredibly dangerous job to perform. Not only are they working with a dangerous shipwreck, they are working against the elements. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), salvors cannot work in certain weather conditions for safety purposes. For example, if the waves reach above a certain height, operations must cease. This can significantly stall a vessel removal, but it is necessary in order to ensure that the workers are kept safe.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a marine salvage accident, it is very important that you contact a highly skilled, offshore maritime injury lawyer immediately. Learn about your legal rights from an experienced offshore maritime injury attorney by filling out our free, no obligation case review form located on this website.