What is a “place of safety” in the context of salvage operations?

A place at which a vessel being salvaged can be returned to a reasonably safe condition such that her master and crew are capable of discharging responsibility for her safety and no further salvage assistance is necessary. 

It is not necessary for the vessel to be absolutely safe, nor does she have to be fully seaworthy, or fully repaired. It may be that all that is required are some temporary measures, e. g. temporary repairs and careful monitoring by her crew, to keep her in a reasonably safe condition until she reaches a repair yard. If so, she may be considered salved, and the salvor has completed his contractual obligation. It has been held, however, that a vessel was not in a place of safety where there were no facilities for repairs, no cargo storage or transhipment facilities, and where she could not lie in safety indefinitely.


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