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Tugs and salvage
Tugs and salvage
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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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Deloris salvage North Atlantic
Deloris salvage North Atlantic
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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.
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Abeille Bourbon - massive Salvage Tug moored at Brest Harbour
Abeille Bourbon - massive Salvage Tug moored at Brest Harbour
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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
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Salvage Tug SAR Marta Mata
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Marejada ocean tug
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Salvage Tug SAR Mesana
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RUSSIAN NAVY SALVAGE TUG SB-921
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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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2012 International Tug & Salvage Barcelona
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Ocean Salvage Tug Neptun (Atlantic Marine)
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Giant Crane to Salvage Tug
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RC SALVAGE TUG BOAT MOVIE
RC SALVAGE TUG BOAT MOVIE
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Stranded Pratibha Cauvery Awaits Tug For Salvage
Stranded Pratibha Cauvery Awaits Tug For Salvage
::2012/11/07::
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united towing hull salvage tugs
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Ata Tug Salvage is Towing a Ship in Istanbul
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Stranded Pratibha Cauvery Awaits Tug For Salvage
Stranded Pratibha Cauvery Awaits Tug For Salvage
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RC Deep Sea Salvage Tug Boat
RC Deep Sea Salvage Tug Boat
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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
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Salvage of the Eldia
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When things go wrong - salvage of the I UGO
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Hellas Salvage and Towing Tug anchored in Torbay UK
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Salvage tug rescues PBY Catalina  on fire  in Rijnsaterwoude
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Towage de SCF VALDAI - Argonaftis Tugs & Salvage
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Dometic International Tug and Salvage.mov
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RENA SALVAGE - container discharge by tug
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The Tug and the Sea
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2012 International Tug and Salvage Show
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Tugs ready to attempt Salvage on Pasha Bulker, Newcastle
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Envoy Tug - Kerkis - Samos, Island - Greece
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McKeil Marine Salvaging a Barge
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Ata Tug Salvage is Towing of a Powership
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Ocean Going Tug Singapore
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Miki Tug Galene _ Class C Tug Race 2013 Seattle Maritime Festival
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Amix Heavy Lift Sea Span Tug Lift January 2012
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Mixalis salvage & tug my donzi 193
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Advantages of Tugs with Voith Schneider Propeller
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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. 01/15/2013 6:34 am EST. 
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