Salvors are men responsible for towing wrecked ships and handling the cargo. They are different from rescue teams as they usually ask for money before offering help. Nanba Rintarou's father was the owner of such a company, but Rintarou really hated the way they operated and decided to join the Coast Guard.

However, Rintarou's father died right after Rintarou completed his training. In his will he asked Rintarou to take over his company. What's worse is he left his son a debt of 1.5 billion yen...

A seinen manga about the rarely-explored world of modern marine salvage, the ups and downs, the long periods of waiting and the brief flashes of action. The authors did a lot of research for this manga, and it shows.
Written by the team of Yoichi Komori and Yuji Takemura, this series ran from 2004-2007 in Big Comic Spirits and was compiled into 15 volumes.

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* AintTooProudToBeg - Coast Guard chief Kasai isn't too proud to beg fishermen for a favor.
* AllDevouringBlackHoleLoanSharks - Nanba Salvage owes a bank a whopping $14 million. It is still not clear exactly what they used the money on.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis - Eguchi can usually pinpoint exactly where something sank without ever going to the scene.
* AnimeHair - Rintarou's spiky do is only barely affected by water.
* BadassGrandpa - Leave the piloting to Gramps.
* BathtubBonding - Averted by Hiro who makes it clear she has no intention of getting friendly with Maaya.
* BadassBureaucrat - Chief Kasai.
* {{Beergasm}} - Nanba Salvage sure like their beer!
* BestBeerEver - Used frequently. Very frequently.
* {{Blackmail}} - Possibly. Sawa seems to have something on Eguchi
* BlindIdiotTranslation - Usually good, but "Kaizai" turned into "Kasai" and "Narita Airport" became "Haneda Airport" halfway through.
* CantHoldHisLiquor - Rin is the biggest lightweight in the series (Hiro and Eguchi have the strongest stomachs).
* ChildhoodFriends - Rin and Maaya
* CoastGuard - The Japanese CoastGuard features prominently, and Rintarou was a former CG diver.
* DamselInDistress - Maaya in the LPG arc. In distress largely by choice.
* DefrostingIceQueen - Hiro. Became especially friendly after a rival showed up.
* DoesNotLikeMen - Used inconsistently and unconvincingly with Hiro.
* {{Engrish}} - The "official" English title is "Master of Sea"
* EvilDebtCollector - The supremely slimy Saitou Hajime of Nichiyou Bank. Takes special delight in reminding Nanba Salvage that they will soon go bankrupt.
* FanDisservice - YMMV, but I did not need to see Sawa half-naked
* ForgottenChildhoodFriend - Maaya, to Rin.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan - Slapping Hiro doesn't particularly calm her down.
* GiantWallOfWateryDoom - Comes with the territory, but the rogue waves from the Haneda arc are particularly terrifying.
* GrumpyBear - Sawamura just lives to grumble.
* HiddenEyes - Rintarou does this often, usually right before making a cool/meaningful pronouncement.
* {{Jerkass}} - Eguchi, Sawamura sometimes.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold - Sawamura
* JumpedAtTheCall - What Rintarou does for most salvage cases, in many cases literally when a phone call comes in
* {{Kuudere}} - Hiro is a textbook example
* LeastIsFirst - Inexperienced Rin (and understaffed Nanba Salvage) have jumped at many jobs that better salvage companies have turned down, usually with good reason.
* LoanShark - Nichiyou Bank
* MomentKiller - Eguchi steps in right before Maaya can tell Rin how she feels.
* MsFanservice - Hiro. She rides out typhoons in a bikini top! She does yoga naked!
* NewOldFlame - For Maaya. Rin never liked her that way.
* NobodyPoops - Averted by Gramps, played straight by everyone else.
* NorthKorea - The latest arc has the Coast Guard chasing a North Korean boat
* NotDistractedByTheSexy - Sawa leaves his fling just so he can go home and watch TV
* ObstructiveBureaucrat - The CoastGuard appears to be populated largely by these.
* PantyShot - Hiro apparently sleeps in her underwear.
* ParentalAbandonment - Both inverted and played straight.
* PlotBasedPhotographObfuscation - Used once to cover Rin's father's face.
* RaceAgainstTheClock - Most arcs involve racing to finish a job some arbitrary deadline hits (tide rising, storm hitting, dawn breaking, etc)
* RammingAlwaysWorks - Nanba Salvage rams their ship into a crane ship to keep it aground during a major typhoon.
* RapunzelHair - Hiro. Highly impractical given the nature of her job.
* RedOniBlueOni - Rintarou and Sawamura
* RefusalOfTheCall - Rintarou's initial reaction when his father gives him the salvage business in his will.
* RescueArc - Basically the point of the whole series, but the object to be rescued is rarely human.
* SayMyName - Less often than you might expect, except for Gramps going "Bon!".
* SheIsAllGrownUp - Maaya-chan after 10 years or so
* ShownTheirWork - It's overkill sometimes.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids - Sawamura often calls Rin out on his idealism, but goes along with him anyway.
* SmugSnake - Eguchi
* SourSupporter - Sawamura is a textbook example. It's a mystery why he still works for Rin with his world-class skills.
* SpyShip - Disguised as a fishing boat. Allegedly from North Korea.
* StylisticSuck - Random dots and splashes on the artwork. After 10 volumes it's probably not a scanning error.
* TeamMom - Gramps
* TheChick - Hiro
* WeWait - Rin gets this from the veteran salvors during the first major arc.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight - Rin passes out drunk after drinking with Gramps and wakes up to find his fly unzipped. Cue panic
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse - In the first chapter Nanba Salvage owes the yakuza money. After that, somehow they owe the Nichijou Bank money and the yakuza are never mentioned again.
* WorldWarII - One of the arcs involve raising a plane downed in WWII.
* WouldHitAGirl - Sawa to Hiro. YMMV on how much she was asking for it.
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