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Brice on Maritime Law of Salvage
Brice on Maritime Law of Salvage
6th Edition
Practice Area:  Shipping
ISBN:  9780414051072
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  31 Oct 2019
Format:  Hardback
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Brice covers the full range of legal issues that salvage operators, shipping lawyers and average adjusters will come across surrounding sunken ships, namely the principle relevant legislation and international conventions; the salvage forms and other instruments practitioners must use; the pertinent case law; and the historical background in which all these factors must be placed.


Fully updated to take account of the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, given effect by the Wreck Removal Act 2011. The Act provides measures to enable the United Kingdom to ratify and implement the ICRW in the United Kingdom’s domestic law by the insertion of new sections (255A to 255U) and a Schedule (11ZA) into the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.


Across its eight chapters the book looks closely at the topics detailed below, and its appendices cover key legislation and other instruments which are crucial to the recovery of salvage.

  • Clause-by-clause analysis of the ‘Lloyd’s Standard Form of Salvage Agreement – No Cure-No Pay’.
  • Insight into arbitration proceedings including key trends in arbitral decision-making.
  • The historical development of the concept of salvage, from the American and UK perspectives, leading to the international conventions which govern maritime salvage today.
  • Outlines and places into context the jurisdiction of the Admiralty Court, in relation to conventions including the Brussels Convention 1910, the European Judgments Contention 1968, the Lugano Convention 1988, and the London Salvage Convention 1989.
  • Analyses the consequences of salvor factors such as theft and looting, and fraud and dishonesty, as well as expenses, losses, apportionment of salvage, remuneration, interest, inflation, and possessory rights.
  • Covers the impact of the London Salvage Convention on salved property and salved values.
  • Examines the cultural heritage, and public interest in, wrecked vessels and cargoes, including the extent of the many public and private interests that operate over a shipwreck, such as wrecks protected for archaeological, scientific or historical reasons.
  • Explains the principles of the Salvage Agreement, covering relevant legislative provisions as well as all the most relevant case law, from The Choko Star to the Sea Angel.
  • Analyses the legal relationship between salvage and the environment, covering such issues as third party claims in relation to danger, pollutants and threats to the environment, environmental aspects of the London Salvage Convention, public international law concerning pollution, and European directives relating to salvage and the environment.
  • Looks at claims following breach of duty, analysing the liability of the salvor and the various claims to damages that result.
  • The appendices include jurisdiction-related legislation, such as the Senior Courts Act 1981 and the Civil Aviation Act 1982; various salvage conventions; merchant shipping acts, including the 1993 Protection of Wrecks Act and the Wreck Removal Convention; Specimen forms and awards, including the Lloyds form and SCOPIC 2011; relevant US legislation, including excerpts from the Constitution, and the Abandoned Shipwrecks Act 1988; as well as various miscellaneous provisions, reports and statistics.



  1. The Concept of Salvage
  2. The Jurisdiction of the Admiralty Court
  3. Salved Property and Salved Values
  4. Wrecks, Salvage and the Underwater Cultural Heritage
  5. The Salvage Agreement
  6. Salvage and the Environment
  7. Salvage and Breach of Duty
  8. Lloyd’s Form and Arbitration



John Reeder QC

John Reeder's practice is split between acting as an arbitrator and mediator and accepting instructions as counsel from overseas lawyers and clients in all types of shipping and commercial disputes.

As counsel he established a wide ranging practice covering all aspects of shipping and other commercial fields. In particular, he has been concerned with a large number of shipboard fires, explosions, collisions, total losses, damage claims, ship construction disputes and technical cases involving fire, unseaworthiness, stability, oil shortage, speed claims, rust and cargo fermentation. He has also acted as counsel in major inquiries into shipping casualties - as far away as Papua New Guinea.

Much of his technical expertise has been derived from collision and salvage cases but also from public inquiries into shipping casualties from the Penlee Lifeboat Inquiry in 1982, the square rigged sail training barque Marques to the Herald of Free Enterprise in 1987 and the Marchioness in 2001. As a result he is particularly familiar with naval architecture and ship construction.

John Reeder QC spent 17 years as Lloyd's Salvage Arbitrator and now accepts appointments as arbitrator in all types of shipping and commercial matters. He also acts as a mediator in shipping, commercial and other disputes.


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