You will be required to comply with this convention if you intend to undertake salvage operations in Australian waters. A salvage operation is any act or activity undertaken to assist a vessel or other property in danger at sea.
Certain parts of the Salvage Convention (Articles 6 to 8, 12 to 19, 21 to 23, 26 and 30) have the force of law in Australia. The salvage convention includes obligations to carry out the operations with due care, and to minimise damage to the environment. It also has rules about payment and rewards for salvage operations and other legal requirements.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.
Code of Practice
A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.
Salvage Convention - Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Marine Environment Division
Navigation Act 2012 (Australian Government)
Navigation Regulations 2013 (Australian Government)
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