The Government is to introduce a Merchant Shipping (Collision Damage Liability and Salvage) Bill this week to localise the Maritime Conventions Act of 1911. The Bill will be tabled at the Legislative Council on Wednesday. The Act deals with the International Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules of Law with Respect to Collisions between Vessels 1910. The Merchant Shipping (Collision Damage Liability and Salvage) Bill also replaces those provisions relating to the international convention relating to Assistance and Salvage at Sea (1910) with provisions that give effect to the International Convention on Salvage 1989. The Maritime Conventions Act 1911, which implements two 1910 conventions on collision and salvage, also extends to Hong Kong. In 1994, the British and Chinese sides agreed that the two conventions should continue to apply after the handover. The 1910 Salvage Convention was replaced by a convention in 1989 that was adopted under the International Maritime Organisation and came into force internationally last July.