Salvage Masters: What is their role in Emergency Response?

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The job description for the role of a Salvage Master will often contain the phrase "Immune to Stress". It is a difficult position undertaken in arduous sea conditions. This is enhanced by the fact that today the protection of the environment from cargoes such as oil or other contaminants is often considered high priority.

"Salvors" are seamen and engineers who carry out salvage to vessels that are not owned by themselves, and who are not members of the vessel's original crew.

The Salvage master acts as the Master of the salvage vessel, while also responsible for planning the salvage of another vessel, its cargo and personnel facing a peril at sea. Drawing on knowledge of naval architecture and seagoing experience, the salvage master puts detailed plans into action and oversees the salvage operation. The preservation of life, the environment and the cargo is an important responsibility in this role.

So other than being "Immune to Stress", what other skills are needed for the role:

Diplomacy

Often the salvage master leads a team into remote areas where the day-to-day lives of locals have been disrupted by an incident. They need to be aware of context, have skill in managing negotiations and handling people so that there is little or no ill will.

Initiative

As is normal in emergency response. Each scenario has its own constantly changing circumstances. A Salvage Master must have ability to assess and initiate things independently in order to resolve difficulty and improve the situation.

Strong Analysis

A term often associated with salvage is "good helicopter view", this encompasses the ability to visualize, articulate, and solve both complex and uncomplicated problems and concepts and make decisions that are sensible and based on available information.

Ability to be a Team Player

The salvage master needs to be the definition of a team player. Someone who puts aside their personal goals and works well with others, doing what they need to do to strive for a common goal.

Persuasiveness

Given the nature of the salvage environment an ability to induce to reason and gain understanding is a skill that salvage masters must develop.

Excellent Communications Skills

The ability to convey information to all levels effectively and efficiently. Salvage Master need good verbal, non verbal and written communication skills to help facilitate the sharing of information between people within a company for its commercial benefit.

It takes many years of dedication, experience and training to attain the role of Salvage Master. We're always interested in anything that helps in improving your capabilities. Being able to track your qualifications and experience is one of the reasons [D4H]™ Personnel & Training was created.

Robert Charles

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