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High seas salvage tug Abeille Bourbon in very bad weather rescue mission - Iroise Sea - Mer d
High seas salvage tug Abeille Bourbon in very bad weather rescue mission - Iroise Sea - Mer d'Iroise
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High seas salvage tug Abeille Flandre in very bad weather
High seas salvage tug Abeille Flandre in very bad weather
DATE: 2014/09/09::
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Deloris salvage North Atlantic
Deloris salvage North Atlantic
DATE: 2011/10/06::
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Salvage Tug SAR Mesana
Salvage Tug SAR Mesana
DATE: 2012/11/24::
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SALVAGE DOWN UNDER
SALVAGE DOWN UNDER
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RUSSIAN NAVY SALVAGE TUG SB-921
RUSSIAN NAVY SALVAGE TUG SB-921
DATE: 2013/02/04::
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On board "SMIT ROTTERDAM" legendary ocean tug.SMIT TAK,WIJSMULLER salvage,SVITZER-MAERSK.
On board "SMIT ROTTERDAM" legendary ocean tug.SMIT TAK,WIJSMULLER salvage,SVITZER-MAERSK.
DATE: 2012/05/08::
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High seas salvage tug Abeille Flandre in very bad weather - Iroise Sea - Mer d
High seas salvage tug Abeille Flandre in very bad weather - Iroise Sea - Mer d'Iroise
DATE: 2009/08/07::
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Abeille Bourbon - massive Salvage Tug moored at Brest Harbour
Abeille Bourbon - massive Salvage Tug moored at Brest Harbour
DATE: 2012/11/18::
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RC SALVAGE TUG BOAT MOVIE
RC SALVAGE TUG BOAT MOVIE
DATE: 2011/02/03::
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Salvage Tug SAR Marta Mata
Salvage Tug SAR Marta Mata
DATE: 2012/12/07::
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united towing hull salvage tugs
united towing hull salvage tugs
DATE: 2008/02/03::
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ship in storm incredible video - Offshore Tug ANGLIAN PRINCESS inbound La Coruna surfing
ship in storm incredible video - Offshore Tug ANGLIAN PRINCESS inbound La Coruna surfing
DATE: 2014/07/24::
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日本サルヴェージ 早潮丸 / HAYASHIO MARU - Nippon Salvage tugboat
日本サルヴェージ 早潮丸 / HAYASHIO MARU - Nippon Salvage tugboat
DATE: 2015/04/20::
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[船] KOYO MARU 航洋丸 Salvage tugboat サルベージタグ Kanmon Strait 関門海峡 2014-FEB
[船] KOYO MARU 航洋丸 Salvage tugboat サルベージタグ Kanmon Strait 関門海峡 2014-FEB
DATE: 2014/04/05::
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The Russian Navy Salvage tug Fotiy Krylov near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
The Russian Navy Salvage tug Fotiy Krylov near Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
DATE: 2014/05/11::
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Giant Crane to Salvage Tug
Giant Crane to Salvage Tug
DATE: 2008/04/18::
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Ocean Salvage Tug Neptun (Atlantic Marine)
Ocean Salvage Tug Neptun (Atlantic Marine)
DATE: 2010/06/04::
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RC Deep Sea Salvage Tug Boat
RC Deep Sea Salvage Tug Boat
DATE: 2007/11/20::
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Salvage Tug Abeille Bourbon moored in Brest Harbour, 07 09 13
Salvage Tug Abeille Bourbon moored in Brest Harbour, 07 09 13
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Stranded Pratibha Cauvery Awaits Tug For Salvage
Stranded Pratibha Cauvery Awaits Tug For Salvage
DATE: 2012/11/07::
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DAVID TRILLO GALLEGO. Captain in OFFSHORE & SALVAGE TUGS. Worldwide services.
DAVID TRILLO GALLEGO. Captain in OFFSHORE & SALVAGE TUGS. Worldwide services.
DATE: 2013/01/31::
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Ata Tug Salvage is Towing a Ship in Istanbul
Ata Tug Salvage is Towing a Ship in Istanbul
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RUSSIAN NAVY SALVAGE TUG SB-921
RUSSIAN NAVY SALVAGE TUG SB-921
DATE: 2013/02/07::
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Salvage Tugboat: KOYO MARU (Owner: The Nippon Salvage Co., Ltd. Flag: JAPAN, IMO: 9162148)
Salvage Tugboat: KOYO MARU (Owner: The Nippon Salvage Co., Ltd. Flag: JAPAN, IMO: 9162148)
DATE: 2015/01/19::
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International Tug and Salvage with Dometic
International Tug and Salvage with Dometic
DATE: 2010/05/29::
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2012 International Tug & Salvage Barcelona
2012 International Tug & Salvage Barcelona
DATE: 2012/06/07::
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RC Deep Sea Salvage Tug Boat
RC Deep Sea Salvage Tug Boat
DATE: 2014/05/30::
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Salvage tug rescues PBY Catalina  on fire  in Rijnsaterwoude
Salvage tug rescues PBY Catalina on fire in Rijnsaterwoude
DATE: 2009/03/28::
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Raw: Divers Find Man Alive in Sunken Tugboat
Raw: Divers Find Man Alive in Sunken Tugboat
DATE: 2013/12/03::
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Stranded Pratibha Cauvery Awaits Tug For Salvage
Stranded Pratibha Cauvery Awaits Tug For Salvage
DATE: 2012/11/06::
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RENA SALVAGE - container discharge by tug
RENA SALVAGE - container discharge by tug
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2012 International Tug and Salvage Show
2012 International Tug and Salvage Show
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Ata Tug Salvage is Towing of a Powership
Ata Tug Salvage is Towing of a Powership
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The Tug and the Sea
The Tug and the Sea
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SMIT TAK - SMIT SALVAGE. THE LEGEND OF TUGS WORLD.
SMIT TAK - SMIT SALVAGE. THE LEGEND OF TUGS WORLD.
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Tugboat Challenge - Head on Confrontation - Savannah Georgia Nature
Tugboat Challenge - Head on Confrontation - Savannah Georgia Nature's Lullaby
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SALVAGE IN PARADISE
SALVAGE IN PARADISE
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Tug assisted salvage
Tug assisted salvage
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Hellas Salvage and Towing Tug anchored in Torbay UK
Hellas Salvage and Towing Tug anchored in Torbay UK
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Miss Stacy tugboat in trouble fights from getting sucked under bridge
Miss Stacy tugboat in trouble fights from getting sucked under bridge
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Shipwreck Treasure Hunters Documentary
Shipwreck Treasure Hunters Documentary
DATE: 2014/02/01::
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Mixalis salvage & tug my donzi 193
Mixalis salvage & tug my donzi 193
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VERNICOS TUGS & SALVAGE
VERNICOS TUGS & SALVAGE
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Storm-stricken ferry in danger of collision gets rescued by tug boats
Storm-stricken ferry in danger of collision gets rescued by tug boats
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BT: 2 salvage tugs na tutulong sa pag-alis ng US Navy ship, dumating na sa Tubbataha Reef
BT: 2 salvage tugs na tutulong sa pag-alis ng US Navy ship, dumating na sa Tubbataha Reef
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Havarist HEINZ G V2OE2 IMO 9536521 Salvage by tugs Bergung Emden Germany 10 Bft
Havarist HEINZ G V2OE2 IMO 9536521 Salvage by tugs Bergung Emden Germany 10 Bft
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DWV Bronx Queen Propeller marine Salvage
DWV Bronx Queen Propeller marine Salvage
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Tugboat Salvage
Tugboat Salvage
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THE STORY OF THE
THE STORY OF THE 'KODIMA'
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French salvage tug Abeille Bourbon which also serves as an emergency tow vessel (ETV)
USNS Grapple Example of modern naval rescue and salvage ship

A 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
  • extra cranes
  • firefighting gear
    • deluge systems
    • hoses
    • nozzles
  • mechanical equipment such as:
    • common mechanical repair parts
    • compressed air gear
    • diving equipment
    • steel for hull patches
    • welding equipment
  • pumps

Modern development[edit]

While salvage tugs are still in use, ubiquitous radar and depth sounders, Global Positioning System (GPS), and proper charts have made normal ship operations orders of magnitude safer than they were still around 1980. Ships are also much larger on the average than they were, and more damage resistant due to proper hull bulkheads, double bottoms and double hulls, and more reliable machinery. 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]

In film[edit]

  • In 1943, Jacques Cousteau's team made the film Épaves (Shipwrecks), in which they used two of the very first Aqua-Lung prototypes. Subsequently, he investigated, filmed, and wrote about his experiences on numerous other wreck and salvage operations.
  • James Cameron's inspiration for making the film Titanic (1997) was predicated on his fascination with shipwrecks, and the film interweaves the stories of treasure hunter Brock Lovett and his team, who explore the wreck of RMS Titanic, searching for a valuable diamond necklace called the Heart of the Ocean, and Titanic survivor Rose Dawson Calvert, who posed nude for a sketch Lovett salvaged, wearing only the Heart of the Ocean.

In television[edit]

  • In the CSI: Miami episode, "Dead Zone" (season 2, episode 2), Horatio Caine (David Caruso) and the CSI team investigate the murder of a sunken treasure hunter whose body is discovered pinned to the wall of his new cabin cruiser by a bloody spear from a spear gun fired at close range.[1]
  • Shipwreck Men (2013) is a reality TV series that follows crews who salvage and raise wrecked vessels.[2]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "26 - Dead Zone". CSI: Miami Episode Guide. 
  2. ^ "'Shipwreck Men' Premiere: Dangerous Job Of Salvaging And Raising Wrecked Ships (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. 2013-01-15. 
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