Ship Salvage Accidents

“Salvors,” are the men and women who salvage ships that have sunk or run aground. These crews are commissioned when a ship can’t be towed safely or when a ship is too damaged to tow. Wrecked ships may be salvaged because they can be repaired and used, because the vessel presents a danger or an environmental hazard, or, as in the case of the Costa Concordia, the ship is an eyesore off a tourist village in Italy.

The Costa Concordia salvage operation was one of the biggest in history, and the ship, which sank January 13, 2012, was set upright on a cradle by September 2013, then floated and towed to the Port of Genoa in July 2014. A diver in his 40s died during the salvage operation after slicing his leg on a sheet of metal and bleeding heavily before he could be brought to the surface. *source

Different types of marine salvage include –

  • Offshore vessel salvage
  • Harbor vessel salvage
  • Cargo and equipment salvage
  • Wreck removal
  • Afloat Salvage
  • Clearance salvage

Blood loss is only one of the dangers salvors face. Others include –

  • Decompression sickness
  • Severe cuts and lacerations
  • Broken bones
  • Head trauma
  • Burns, fires, and explosions
  • Toxic exposure
  • Crush injuries
  • Amputations
  • Eye injuries
  • Death

The nature of the ship salvage career is inherently dangerous and everyone working a crew has to be on top of their game at all times. Shipwrecks are dangerous, unstable, and the perfect environment for accidents. Salvors who are injured in job-related activities have the right to seek compensation under maritime law.

If you were injured because of unnecessary hazards, novice crew members, or because your employer failed to provide a safe working environment, you may be able to seek financial recovery for lost wages, current and future medical costs, pain and suffering, and more. If you were injured or a family killed in a maritime terminal accident, speak to us as soon as possible. We have decades of experience in fighting for those employed in the commercial maritime industries, and we stand ready to fight for you. Fill out the form for more information.

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