The salvage of ships and cargo after a marine casualty is perhaps one of the most fascinating and problematic branches of marine engineering. It is a highly professional business, yet remains highly speculative, especially on the Pacific Coast of the United States and Central and South America. Salving of a ship or cargo on the Pacific Coast is more difficult, more hazardous, more arduous, and is doomed to failure more often than salvage tasks in any other coastal area because of the problems created by the coastal geography. With a history of risk, failure and uncertainty of reward, salvage facilities and resources have all but disappeared. The salvage task today remains as formidable and overwhelming as ever. Marine Salvage is a highly speculative business. No firms with sound financial backing continue to operate in this country solely as professional salvors.

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 543-550

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Salvage
  • Subject Areas: Environment; Marine Transportation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00035981
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Marine Technology Society
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 20 1973 12:00AM