Liskow is one of the leading law firms in the United States specializing in wreck removal disputes and vessel salvage claims, whether on behalf of vessel owners, charterers, or underwriters. The firm is currently involved in some of the most significant wreck removal projects in decades, namely the GOLDEN RAY capsizing off the coast of Georgia and the SEACOR POWER capsizing off the coast of Louisiana. The GOLDEN RAY project was considered by the Coast Guard to be “the largest wreck removal in U.S. history.” Removal of Golden Ray cargo ship off Georgia coast is largest in US history, | CNN
The firm’s maritime section often represents clients in disputes with salvage and wreck removal contractors, and it both prosecutes and defends claims under the Salvage Act
(46 U.S.C. § 80107) and the general maritime law that can arise when barges and other vessels breakaway from their moorings during adverse weather events. A claim for “pure salvage” consists of three elements: (1) vessels or property facing a marine peril,
(2) voluntary services rendered when not subject to an existing duty or special contract, and (3) partial or whole success in rescuing imperiled vessels or property. THE SABINE, 101 U.S. 384 (1880). Hurricane Ida is one of several recent storms after which firm clients sought advice and representation for claims arising under the Salvage Act.
The firm also assists clients in drafting and negotiating salvage and wreck removal contracts to ensure compliance with United States cabotage and wreck removal laws as well as avoid “pure salvage” claims by contractors.