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As the salvage costs are mainly the concern of the Hull and Machinery and cargo insurers, the Master should immediately contact the Company and the Hull and Machinery insurer enabling them to decide what actions to take.
The cover provided by the P&I insurers may, nevertheless, be involved, especially if there is damage to the marine environment or third party property as a result of pollution. Therefore, actions need to be taken and evidence collected.
Under the ISM Code, the Master has the overriding authority and responsibility to make decisions with regard to safety and pollution prevention – section 5.2 of the ISM Code. The Master may therefore have to make the decision himself to engage a tug – please see section 188.8.131.52 Grounding and salvage.