July 27, 2016 Articles

Marine Salvage Laws: What About a Helicopter Landing on Vessel’s Helipad?

A general overview of how the concept applies to property salvage under maritime law.

By Douglas W. Truxillo

This article is not intended to be an in-depth discussion of the ancient concept of marine salvage as it applies to all aspects of salvage but is instead a general overview as such concept applies to property salvage under maritime law. In general terms, the doctrine of marine salvage allows for a maritime court to monetarily reward or compensate a volunteer salvor that “saves” a vessel or other maritime property from any marine peril. Such a marine salvor will have a maritime lien on the saved property for this monetary award, but the civil action for the salvage reward must be brought within two years after the salvage services were performed. 46 U.S.C. §80107(c).

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