Modern salvage tugs are in the ship class of Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels (ERRVs). The shipping companies and owners of these ships are partly grouped together in national organizations such as the Emergency Response and Rescue Vessels Association (ERRVA) in the UK .
Salvage tugs are stationed around the world, especially in sea areas with high traffic or dangerous weather conditions. Due to a continuous decline in ship accidents, however, civil salvage tugs can hardly be operated economically today and they are therefore mainly used in multi-purpose functions as salvage, deep-sea and anchor-pulling tugs .
Civil recovery tugs (selection)
|Ship name||Bollard pull||Shipping company|
|Nordic||201 tbp||Bugsier-, shipping company and salvage company|
|Abeille Bourbon||200 tbp||Abeille International|
|Oceanic||178 tbp||Bugsier-, shipping company and salvage company|
|Koyo Maru||132.5 tbp||Nippon Salvage|
|Salvage Champion||132 tbp||Asian Marine|
|Baltic||127 tbp||Fairplay shipping company|
|Caribbean Fos||110 tbp||Five Oceans Salvage|
|Europe||50 tbp||Gigilinis Shipping Group|
Military salvage tugs (selection)
|Ship class||Bollard pull||marine|
|Sliva class||90 tbp||Russian Navy|
|Helgoland class||36 tbp||German Navy|
|Powhatan class||54 tbp||United States Navy|
|Tuzhong class||Navy of the People's Republic of China|
- The International Salvage Union. Retrieved November 21, 2014 .