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The International Convention On Salvage, IMO 1989

Chapter I - General provisions

Article 1 - Definitions

Article 2 - Application of the Convention

Article 3 - Platforms and drilling units

Article 4 - State-owned vessels

Article 5 - Salvage operations controlled by public authorities

Article 6 - Salvage contracts

Article 7 - Annulment and modification of contracts

Chapter II - Performance of salvage operations

Article 8 - Duties of the salvor and of the owner and master

Article 9 - Rights of coastal States

Article 10 - Duty to render assistance

Article 11 - Co-operation

Chapter III - Rights of salvors

Article 12 - Conditions for reward

Article 13 - Criteria for fixing the reward

Article 14 - Special compensation

Article 15 - Apportionment between salvors

Article 16 - Salvage of persons

Article 17 - Services rendered under existing contracts

Article 18 - The effect of salvor's misconduct

Article 19 - Prohibition of salvage operations

Chapter IV - Claims and actions

Article 20 - Maritime lien

Article 21 - Duty to provide security

Article 22 - Interim payment

Article 23 - Limitation of actions

Article 24 - Interest

Article 25 - State-owned cargoes

Article 26 - Humanitarian cargoes

Article 27 - Publication of arbitral awards

Chapter V - Final clauses

Article 28 - Signature, ratification, acceptance approval and accession

Article 29 - Entry into force

Article 30 - Reservations

Article 31 - Denunciation

Article 32 - Revision and amendment

Article 33 - Depositary

Article 34 - Languages


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The International Convention On Salvage, IMO 1989

Chapter III - Rights of salvors

Article 13 - Criteria for fixing the reward

1. The reward shall be fixed with a view to encouraging salvage operations, taking into account the following criteria without regard to the order in which they are presented below:

(a) the salved value of the vessel and other property;

(b) the skill and efforts of the salvors in preventing or minimizing damage to the environment;

(c) the measure of success obtained by the salvor;

(d) the nature and degree of the danger;

(e) the skill and efforts of the salvors in salving the vessel, other property and life;

(f) the time used and expenses and losses incurred by the salvors;

(g) the risk of liability and other risks run by the salvors or their equipment;

(h) the promptness of the services rendered;

(i) the availability and use of vessels or other equipment intended for salvage operations;

(j) the state of readiness and efficiency of the salvor's equipment and the value thereof.

2. Payment of a reward fixed according to paragraph 1 shall be made by all of the vessel and other property interests in proportion to their respective salved values. However, a State Party may in its national law provide that the payment of a reward has to be made by one of these interests, subject to a right of recourse of this interest against the other interests for their respective shares. Nothing in this article shall prevent any right of defence.

3. The rewards, exclusive of any interest and recoverable legal costs that may be payable thereon, shall not exceed the salved value of the vessel and other property.

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