Abandonment and Salvage

(redirected from Abandon and Salvage Clause)

Abandonment and Salvage

A clause in a contract allowing one party to abandon (or forfeit ownership to) a property and thereby transfer ownership to another party, assuming the second party accepts. Abandonment and salvage clauses are most common in insurance covering goods being shipped overseas. That is, if the ship sinks and the owner does not wish to attempt to recover the goods, he may declare them abandoned, which would transfer ownership to his insurance company (though the insurance company may refuse to accept ownership). It is also present in some homeowner's insurance contracts. It should not be confused with an abandonment option.