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Marine Salvage & Recovery Diving Services

If you need a professional dive team to complete marine salvage and recovery services, look no further than Explorer’s Pod Divers. With our extensive skills and experience, we can respond to emergencies quickly and efficiently, minimizing the impact on your vessel.

We provide a wide range of services, including search and recovery, cranes and rigging, inspection and maintenance, boat salvage diving, and debris and seabed clearing. This allows us to tailor our approach to your specific needs, ensuring the best possible outcome for your situation.

With over 30 years of experience, we are passionate about what we do and offer our inshore commercial diving, salvage, and marine civil engineering. We work in the sea, close to the shore, and inland waterways, including rivers, reservoirs, lakes, and more.

Explorer’s Pod Divers is the best choice for your salvage and recovery needs. We have excellent relationships with marinas, harbor authorities, surveyors, and insurance companies, ensuring an efficient and cost-effective service. We offer a fair and consistent pricing structure and are committed to providing the highest levels of customer service. Contact us today to discuss your needs – we are here to help!

WHAT SALVAGE AND RECOVERY SERVICES DO WE DIVERS OFFER?

Explorer’s Pod Divers offer a comprehensive range of salvage and recovery services to meet your specific needs.

For search and recovery, our expert divers use advanced equipment such as side scanners and grappling hooks to locate missing vessels. We then identify the site with buoys for efficient recovery. For more complex salvage projects that require cranes and underwater rigging, we use lift bags and other buoyancy control devices to bring wrecks to the surface. We also offer crane-based salvages for larger vessels. In cases where the vessel is too large for recovery by crane or lift bags, our skilled divers use underwater cutting equipment to turn wrecks, vessels, or items requiring salvage into smaller pieces that can be easily transported to the surface.

No matter the complexity of the project, we have the skills, equipment, and experience necessary to get the job done quickly and effectively. We are committed to providing a safe, efficient, and cost-effective service that meets all of your salvage and recovery needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you.

For search and recovery, our expert divers use side scanners and grappling hooks to locate missing vessels. We then identify the site with buoys for recovery. Some salvage projects require the use of cranes and underwater rigging. For these projects we use lift bags and other buoyancy control devices to bring wrecks to the surface, as well as crane-based salvages. If the vessel is too large to recover by crane or lift bags, RS Divers can using underwater cutting equipment to turn wrecks, vessels or items requiring salvage into smaller pieces which can be taken to the surface.

HOW DO SALVAGE OPERATIONS WORK?

When you contact Explorer’s Pod Divers for marine salvage and recovery support, we follow a thorough process to ensure a safe and efficient operation.

 

First, we assess the site to ensure that it is safe for recovery and identify the necessary equipment. Our experienced commercial dive team then works swiftly to recover any cargo on the vessel and bring it to the surface, reuniting you with your valued possessions. After all the cargo has been recovered, we begin the process of recovering the vessel itself. For smaller vessels, we typically use equipment such as salvage barges and cranes, which are the most effective marine salvage equipment for the job. For ship salvages or larger vessel recoveries, we work to attach lift bags that we fill with air to raise to the surface and then tow through the water.

Our services are not limited to recovering vessels that have sunk. We also provide support for vessels that have run aground or other clearance salvage projects. Our team can remove and reduce shallow wreckage to avoid navigational problems. With our 24/7 service, you can be certain that we can help whenever you need us.

At Explorer’s Pod Divers, we are committed to providing a safe and effective service that meets your specific salvage and recovery needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you.

AM I COVERED BY INSURANCE IF MY BOAT NEEDS TO BE SALVAGED?

If your boat needs to be salvaged, it is important to check your insurance policy to see if you are covered. However, if you do require salvage and recovery services, you can count on Explorers Pod Divers to work closely with most marine insurance companies. Our team has extensive experience in this area and can assist in providing necessary documentation and support throughout the process. We aim to make the salvage and recovery process as seamless and stress-free as possible for our clients, including working with insurance companies to ensure a fair and timely resolution.

CAN EXPLORERS POD DIVERS RECOVER AN ABANDONED WRECKAGE FOR ME?

If you have found an abandoned wreckage that you would like to salvage, Explorers Pod Divers can support you with this process and complete the recovery for you. However, it is important to follow the appropriate laws and guidelines for reporting the wreckage, finding the owner, and reporting what was found during the recovery process. This can be a time-consuming process, and you must be aware of the requirements before commissioning us to complete the work. If you need further information or want to discuss a specific project, our team is available to assist you today.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RECOVER A SUNKEN BOAT?

At Explorers Pod Divers, we understand that the cost of recovering a sunken boat can be a concern. The price for the recovery will depend on several factors, including the location of the boat, the depth of the water, the condition of the boat, and the extent of damage it has suffered. Our team of experts will assess the situation and provide you with a transparent and competitive quote.

We always strive to keep costs to a minimum while still delivering top-quality service. We will work with you to determine the best course of action for your specific situation, and we will provide you with a detailed breakdown of all the costs involved in the salvage operation. Our goal is to help you recover your vessel as quickly and efficiently as possible while minimizing the impact on the environment and ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

When it comes to the cost of recovering a sunken boat, it is important to remember that the longer the boat remains submerged, the more damage it is likely to suffer, which can increase the cost of recovery. Therefore, it is essential to contact us as soon as possible after the incident so that we can begin the recovery process promptly.

Overall, we understand the importance of getting your vessel back afloat, and our experienced team will work tirelessly to ensure a successful salvage operation at a reasonable cost. Contact us today to discuss your needs and receive a quote for our marine salvage and recovery diving services.

CAN YOU SALVAGE A SUNKEN BOAT?

Explorers Pod Divers can assist in salvaging a sunken boat. As specialists in marine salvage operations, we have the skills and expertise to use methods such as towing, floating or raising a sunken boat or saving a wreck. It’s important to note that Salvage Laws may apply, depending on the location of the sunken boat. 

WHAT ARE THE LAWS ON WRECK AND SALVAGE?

The Merchant Shipping Act 1995 provides a legal framework for the management of wrecks and salvage operations. According to Section 255 of the Act, a wreck is defined as any jetsam, flotsam, lagan, or derelict found in or on the shores of the sea or any tidal water.

Jetsam refers to goods that have been deliberately thrown overboard to lighten a vessel in danger of sinking, and the vessel may still perish. Flotsam refers to goods that have been lost from a ship that has sunk or otherwise perished and are recoverable because they remain afloat. Lagan refers to goods that have been cast overboard from a ship that has perished, but the goods are buoyed so that they can be recovered. Derelict refers to property, such as a vessel or cargo, that has been abandoned and deserted at sea by those who were in charge of it without any hope of recovering it.

If a boat comes off its moorings, it is not typically classified as a wreck under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, as it has not been abandoned without hope of recovery. Similarly, data buoys are not considered a wreck, but buoys forming part of fishing equipment may be classified as a wreck when adrift. The act also outlines the legal responsibilities of the owner, finder, and Receiver of Wreck in relation to the management and reporting of wrecks. It is important to note that salvage operations are subject to laws and regulations, and proper permission and authorization may be required before undertaking any such activities.

CAN YOU KEEP A BOAT IF YOU FIND IT?

If you find an abandoned boat or any other type of vessel, it is important to follow proper legal procedures to determine ownership and ensure that you are not breaking any laws. In the UK, under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, you are required to report the discovery of any wreck material to the Receiver of Wreck within 28 days using the Report of Wreck and Salvage form MSF 6200. The Receiver of Wreck will then work to identify the owner of the vessel or cargo and liaise with them to determine the appropriate next steps.

It is important to note that simply finding a vessel does not automatically entitle you to keep it. If the owner cannot be identified or located, the vessel may be considered abandoned and may be sold at public auction. However, if the vessel is claimed by its rightful owner, you must return it to them or agree on a payment for its salvage. Failure to follow these procedures could result in legal action being taken against you.

HOW DOES MARINE SALVAGE WORK?

Marine salvage is the process of rescuing or recovering a ship, vessel or yacht that is in danger or has been damaged. This can involve anything from towing a stranded vessel to refloating and repairing a sunken ship. The goal of marine salvage is to prevent or minimize damage to the environment, prevent further loss of property, and ensure the safety of people involved.

The process of marine salvage typically begins with an assessment of the situation to determine the best course of action. This may involve assessing the condition of the vessel and the environment in which it is located, identifying potential hazards, and determining what equipment and personnel will be required to complete the salvage operation.

Once a plan has been developed, the salvage team will typically work to stabilize the vessel and prevent further damage, such as by pumping out water or securing the hull. The next step may involve refloating the vessel, which can be done using a variety of techniques such as lifting bags or cranes.

Once the vessel has been refloated or towed to a safe location, it may be repaired or scrapped depending on the extent of the damage. Throughout the process, the salvors are entitled to a salvage award, which is typically a percentage of the value of the vessel or cargo saved.

It is important to note that marine salvage operations can be complex and dangerous, and should only be undertaken by experienced and qualified professionals.

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