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in maritime law, the compensation that the owner must pay for having his vessel or cargo saved from peril, such as shipwreck, fire, or capture by an enemy. Salvage is awarded only when the party making the rescue was under no legal obligation to do so. A claim for salvage ordinarily is allowed if the salvor's activities had some effect in averting the threatened peril even if they were not indispensable. In the United States, salvage is granted for rescues made on navigable streams and lakes as well as on the open sea. Salvage includes a reward designed to encourage rescue operations besides the payment for the value of the services. In setting the amount of the salvage, courts consider relevant factors such as the expense and hazard of the rescue and the price of the ship or goods saved. Salvage is distributed by the court to the owner, the master, and the crew of the rescuing ship, usually according to fixed ratios. Salvage money is not payable to the captain and crew of ships commissioned by a government specifically for rescue operations.


The controlled removal of construction or demolition debris, or other waste, from a permitted building or demolition site for the purpose of recycling, reuse, or storage for later recycling or reuse. Commonly salvaged materials include structural beams and posts, flooring, doors, cabinetry, brick, and decorative items.


In a building under repair or reconstruction, the saving of damaged or discarded material, for use or resale, which otherwise would be a total loss.


1. the act, process, or business of rescuing vessels or their cargoes from loss at sea
2. compensation paid for the salvage of a vessel or its cargo
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Navy in searching and retrieving salvageable items from the sunken ship.
This paper poses a query: Is the notion of equilibrium, as developed in Frank Hahn's [1973] Cambridge inaugural lecture salvageable as a useful notion in the face of attack?
In my opinion it's still salvageable, but it will take a lot of money and political will to make some big changes.
It is very early days and we are going to have to see what is salvageable.
But CCE director Bradley Guy says that with rising disposal costs, you may save money by taking the structure apart and selling any salvageable materials first.
In addition, many of the hard steel fabrication dies and some aluminum supplies appear salvageable, wooden master patterns for foundry tooling were spared, and the Springfield Area Manufacturers Assn.
Technology Recycling hauls away old computer gear, has it dismantled by workers with disabilities, recycles or reuses everything salvageable and disposes of what's left in an environmentally responsible way.
From the perspective of art history - or, more precisely, an art history of "movements" - it is precisely these works that constitute the salvageable core of the artist's output.
But if saviors are to avoid becoming tyrants, they must themselves be salvageable, and for this my children have been my mentors.
Some crops may be salvageable if the fields haven't been contaminated, drain quickly and the produce can be harvested.
A variety of well-defined and sequenced sanctions, including individual mentoring, formal probation, at-home supervision, community service, non-secured group homes, and short-term incarceration in military-style boot camps or locked facilities, would allow the system to screen out salvageable offenders while providing long-term lock-up for those who remain a violent threat to society.
Alexis says such a program can be set up if: The number of zones is limited to 50 and not every state gets one; each zone has its own economic stimulus package; EZs are targeted to depressed but salvageable areas; program incentives include employing area residents and encouraging local business development; job training, counseling and health care are part of the program; and the zone and surrounding areas receive additional resources to reduce crime.