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Although Wilbur Smith is generally known for his South African novels, he did write one on salvage with, naturally, a very goodlooking and charismatic salvage master who gets all the girls and salves every vessel going, earning huge salvage awards at Lloyd's. Patch up a vessel drifting on a lee shore in the South Atlantic in impossible weather conditions? Deal with a potential spill of cadmium rich crude? Pah, a drop in the ocean for our hero, who only seems to operate on Lloyd's Open Form so cleans up regularly at the Salvage Arbitration Branch. Need we say more?

On a more serious note, the new LOF is due to hit the streets shortly and supporters of the form will be hoping that it boosts the number of LOFs signed, as opposed to commercial daily contracts.

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