salvage tug is a specialized type of tugboat which is used to rescue ships which are in distress or in danger of sinking, or to salvage ships which have already sunk or run aground.
Overview [ edit ]
Few tugboats have ever been truly fully dedicated to salvage work; most of the time, salvage tugs operate towing barges, platforms, ships, or performing other utility tugboat work.
Tugs fitted out for salvage are found in small quantities around the globe, with higher concentrations near areas with both heavy shipping traffic and hazardous weather conditions.
Salvage tugs are used by specialized crew experienced in salvage operations (
salvors). Their particular equipment includes:
extensive towing provisions and extra tow lines/cables, with provisions for towing from both bow and stern and at irregular angles
mechanical equipment such as:
common mechanical repair parts
compressed air gear
steel for hull patches
Modern development [ edit ]
The total demand for salvage tug services is significantly down from its peaks in the years around World War II.
The increasing sensitivity of societies and legal systems to environmental damage and the increasing size of ships has to some extent offset the decline in the number of salvage operations undertaken. Accidents such as major oil tanker groundings or sinkings may require extensive salvage efforts to try and minimize the environmental damage (see
Exxon Valdez oil spill, Amoco Cadiz, Torrey Canyon and in general Category:Oil spills).
In popular culture [ edit ]
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In television [ edit ]
(2013) is a reality TV series that follows crews who salvage and raise wrecked vessels. Shipwreck Men 
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References [ edit ]
^ ". 'Shipwreck Men' Premiere: Dangerous Job Of Salvaging And Raising Wrecked Ships (VIDEO)" Huffington Post. 2013-01-15.
Farley Mowat: (on the salvage career of the tug The Grey Seas Under: The Perilous Rescue Mission of a N.A. Salvage Tug ). The Lyons Press, 2001, Foundation Franklin ISBN 1-58574-240-6 (First published as The Grey Seas Under, Little, Brown & Co., 1958, ISBN 0-316-58637-4)
A Reassessment of the Marine Salvage Posture of the United States, ed National Research Council Committee on Marine Salvage Issues, Marine Board, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems., National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., 1994