A ship looses power 3 miles from the sea buoy (Italian Port). Winds are 35-40 knots onshore. The captain informs the pilots and they agree to send a tug to standby. The engineers get the engines back online and the ship proceeds to the sea buoy. Two miles from the sea buoy the tug arrives and takes a ship’s line from the stern. They enter the harbor and the docking is routine. The pilot gives his chit and the standard tug chit to the captain for a stamp and signature. The word ‘Salvage’ was never mentioned.
One month later the tug files a salvage claim and two months later the ship is arrested in a European shipyard until a bond is posted.
How can this be a salvage claim?