This book covers wreck law as an integrated whole, going beyond the question of "removal" to include issues such as the ownership of wreck and how the law deals with the many commercial law problems arising after ships have been wrecked during the maritime commercial adventure.

The book offers authoritative guidance on the genesis and meaning of the Nairobi Wreck Removal Convention 2007, and the interpretation of its often-complex provisions as they apply both to States trying to use its powers and to shipowners and liability insurers faced by its obligations. The authors explain the increasingly complex inter-relationship between linked areas of maritime law, including salvage, intervention and the overlapping international regimes which deal with pollution from oil, bunkers or hazardous and noxious substances. The book examines how a salvage operation transitions to wreck removal and links the liability provisions with the standard form international commercial contracts actually used by the industry to remove wrecks, eg BIMCO’s Wreckstage 2010, Wreckhire 2010 and Wreckfixed 2010. It also covers the complex requirements concerning the disposal of wrecks, including the latest recycling regulations applicable in 2019.

The Law of Wreck will be of value to shipping industry professionals, insurers and legal practitioners, as well as academics and students of maritime law.

part I|355 pages

Wreck in National and International Law

chapter Chapter 1|31 pages

Introduction to wreck casualties

chapter Chapter 2|175 pages

Wreck and the maritime commercial adventure

chapter Chapter 3|37 pages

Rights in relation to wreck

chapter Chapter 4|46 pages

State rights and wreck

chapter Chapter 5|29 pages

Law of the sea and wreck

chapter Chapter 6|31 pages

Underwater cultural heritage

part II|207 pages

Wreck Removal Convention 2007

chapter Chapter 7|33 pages

Wreck Removal Convention 2007


chapter Chapter 8|22 pages

Wreck Removal Convention 2007


chapter Chapter 9|22 pages

Wreck Removal Convention 2007

States' rights and duties

chapter Chapter 10|85 pages

Wreck Removal Convention 2007

Shipowners' and insurers' liabilities

chapter Chapter 11|41 pages

National wreck removal law and the MSA 1995 Part 9A

part III|87 pages

Wreck Removal Contracts

chapter Chapter 12|28 pages

Transition to wreck removal

Salvage and SCOPIC

chapter Chapter 13|57 pages

Wreck removal operations and contracts

part IV|61 pages

Wreck Disposal

chapter Chapter 14|59 pages

Wreck disposal