BOOK REVIEW | A Practical Guide to Salvage and Places of Refuge (For Shipboard Use)

Presented in its usual very high quality – indeed almost waterproof – style, the renowned Scottish maritime publishing house Witherbys, which does not credit an author or editor, has produced a particularly valuable guide book for practical “shipboard use”.

It covers a very important subject and should be carefully studied by all ship’s officers before they go to sea. A copy should be prominently stowed in every chartroom bookshelf.

The advice it contains will almost certainly be of greatest value in an emergency. That is why pre-study and easy accessibility of the book are so important.

While it covers every imaginable aspect of the modern salvage process, it also clearly describes all the important notions, customs and law related to places of refuge. It even includes several very important recent case studies of the uses and misuses of such places.

The important thing to remember is that accidents and incidents that may require salvage and the use of places of refuge almost invariably occur rapidly and in dramatic circumstances. It will pay every officer to study this interesting, clear and easy to follow book and to be well aware of its whereabouts on his or her ship.

Available from Witherby Publishing, Livingston, UK.


Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.