International convention on salvage 1989 london 28 april 1989 the states parties to the present convention recognizing the desirability of determining by agreement uniform international rules regarding salvage operations noting that substantial developments in particular the increased concern for the protection of the environment have demonstrated the need to review the international . The law of salvage is a principle of maritime law whereby any person who helps recover another persons ship or cargo in peril at sea is entitled to a reward commensurate with the value of the property salved maritime law is inherently international . Under current us admiralty law which conforms to international salvage law as laid out in the salvage convention of 1989 assistance rendered another vessel is considered salvage when 1 the assisted vessel is subject to a reasonable apprehension of marine peril 2 the assistance is voluntary and 3 the assistance is successful in whole . Salvage is a very unique area of the maritime law s scott bluestein esq has handled numerous vessel salvage cases and has a firm understanding of the general maritime law on salvage maritime accidents injury
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