Marine Salvage Law and Legal Definition

Marine salvage is the process of rescuing a ship, its cargo and sometimes the crew from danger. The protection of the marine environment from cargo and oil spills is also a priority of the salvage operations. There is no reward for life salvage since all mariners have a duty to save the lives of others in danger without the expectation of a reward. However, the rescuer is entitled to a salvage award on the salvaged property. There are two kinds of salvage: Contract salvage and pure salvage.