When all seems lost, something can be saved. "The Salvagemasters" series follows salvage teams as they deploy to the scenes of maritime disasters to solve the biggest engineering challenges on the high seas today.

Season 1

In Tuscany, a South African tackles the massive cruise ship Costa Concordia. In beautiful Sicily, a family of Italian salvagemasters sections and removes a tanker threatening a natural marine park near the UNESCO world heritage site of Syracuse. In the frozen north, the Russian nuclear submarine Kursk, which sank in the year 2000 with 118 sailors aboard, is miraculously lifted from the bottom of the Barents Sea by a team of Dutch and Russian salvage masters and engineers. With ever larger vessels passing through the North Sea's channels, the government of The Netherlands orders Dutch salvagemasters to clean out of the dozens of shipwrecks that obstruct these windy and treacherous sea routes.

1. Costa Concordia
2. SOS Syracuse
3. Masters of the Kursk
4.Ariane and her Sisters

Season 2

Follow salvage masters of salvage companies large and small. Jean Godeanu, of Aqua Blue Diving will raise the Fortuna S, together with the teams of Smit and Mammoet who raised the Tricolor car transport have now been called upon by the Rijkwaaterstaat of Holland to cut up and take away the Baltic ace. Jim Bruseth who raised the 17th century French Frigate La Belle, wrecked off the coast of Texas marking the end to France's dream of an American Colony in the West. The spectacular splash down of the European Space Agency Experimental Re-entry Vehicle in the Pacific Ocean is maybe the most extraordinary salvage. The Neri brothers of Livorno will recover IXV from the sea. Their specially designed tugboat, will haul the European space ship aboard and take it home after its brief space flight.


1. Splash Down - Recovering the IXV
2. Raising La Belle
3. Cabo de Hornos
4. Wild South African Coast


High-end 3-D graphics explain the science and mega engineering behind every salvage project. With unique access on board the ships and stunning aerial drone footage of the locations at sea, this series offers viewers a thrilling and personal voyage with today's cowboys of the high seas: The Salvagemasters.

  • Title: The Salvagemasters (Season 1 & 2)
  • Genre: Technology, Science
  • Delivery: 2013 / 2015
  • Language: German, English
  • Format: 8 x 45, HD
  • Produced by: Crowned Impala Communications (Fact TV UK), Autentic
  • Film by: Andrea Vogt, Paul Russell