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Refuge and Salvage

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This chapter is about salvage in the context of refuge. Article 14 of the Salvage Convention introduced a way to prevent a salvor from walking empty handed in the event of not being able to ultimately preserve the res provided there was a threat of damage to the environment. In the context of salvors seeking a place of refuge, there are several interactive issues. They involve the salvor's perceptions in terms of his legal, commercial and practical interests, as well as the rights and responsibilities of a coastal or port state under public international law. The salvor's legal position may be based on customary international law, his flag state law, or the domestic law of the coastal or flag state.

Keywords: customary international law; refuge; Salvage Convention; salvor's legal position



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