Toward a New Salvage Regime for Environment:
Reformation of the International Convention
on Salvage 1989 and Thailand’s Implementation
The Salvage Convention 1989 establishes the main international legal framework dealing
with salvage operations and environmental protection. It is the result of many years
of drafting and diplomatic efforts where the treaty was negotiated and concluded. It is
undeniable that the Salvage Convention 1989 has encouraged private sector and public
authorities to establish and maintain the resources needed to contain ecological damage.
This was an important accomplishment. Providing adequate incentives for rapid salvage
operation adds to the traditional rewards. Nevertheless, the problems of updating the
provisions of the Salvage Convention 1989 need to be addressed and the path ahead is
still long and winding. In particular, the importance of environmental considerations is
increasingly signicant. As a result, modern salvage operations must also take into account
measures to prevent damage to the environment. Today’s international community is
searching for a new salvage regime and law. This paper examines the possibility of building
the new salvage regime and its implementation in Thailand.
Salvage Convention 1989, Thailand, Lloyd’s Open Form, IMO, Marine
Maritime salvage is the process of recovering a ship, along with its cargo, which
is in distress due to an emergency or localized danger that puts the vessel at risk
* Assistant Professor at Faculty of Law, Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand. LL.B.(Cum Laude)/LL.M. (Chula.) The
author may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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J. East asia & int’l l. Vol. 13/No.1 (2020); 179-190
Publication type : Research Article
Section : East Asian Observer
DOI : http://dx.doi.org/10.14330/jeail.2020.13.1.09