The 1910 Brussels Convention, the United States Salvage Act of 1912, and Arbitration of Salvage Cases in the United States

The article by Sir Barry Sheen admirably sets the scene for a discussion of conventions on salvage by describing the historical background and the changing scene of salvage over the years. With equal clarity Donald O'May has set forth the history and principal features of Lloyd's Open Form, the revisions to that form effective in 1980, and the principal features of the Montreal Convention held under the auspices of the Comitè Maritime Internationale. The purpose of this article is to describe the genesis of the 1910 Brussels Convention on Salvage and the United States Salvage Act of 1912, and to harmonize the Convention with the decisions rendered under the Act. In addition, the relatively few salvage arbitrations held in the United States will be discussed.