Edwin Tong on High Court (Admiralty Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill

May 2020

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Edwin Tong on High Court (Admiralty Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill

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Salvage operations which prevent or minimise environmental damage, even if the ship or its cargo are not saved, can be covered in special compensation claims under the High Court’s admiralty jurisdiction. Senior Minister of State for Law Edwin Tong outlined this proposed change during the second reading of the High Court (Admiralty Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill in Parliament on Tuesday (May 26). He said the Bill places special compensation claims on the same footing as traditional salvage claims. It will also serve as an incentive to protect the environment during salvage operations.