There have been many editions over the last 120 years, the most recent being 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2011. LOF 2011 should ideally be used, although if another edition is offered by a salvor it should be accepted.
(1)A 72-hour pre-arrival notification to the port State control authority for ships eligible for expanded inspection (i. e. ships with a High Risk Ship (HRS) profile and all passenger ships, oil tankers, gas carriers, chemical tankers and bulk carriers older than 12 years); and (2) a 24-hour pre-arrival notification to the port State control authority for all ships. (For details see Paris MoU region pre-arrival notifications, below. )
To notify all relevant local officials (port State Administration, harbour authority, customs, immigration, port health, etc. ), and to arrange visits by the surveyors representing the various interests. He may also need to arrange for discharge and temporary storage of cargo during repairs. He will usually also collect general average security and salvage security documents and deposits.
On behalf of the owners of the ship and the owners of all "maritime property" on board including any cargo, cargo containers, bunkers, stores and other equipment, and the recipients of any freight at risk. On a ship with contractors' equipment on board, such as a diving support vessel, the owners of that equipment would also be included. All the owners of "maritime property" become liable for a contribution to the salvor's reward if he is successful.
Where, for example: (1) there is a prospect that a vessel being salved will become a total loss before successful completion of the salvage operation; or (2) there is a prospect that any Article 13 reward for saving property will be will be less than the costs of the salvage operation (e. g. due to low ship or cargo values).
(1) The VTM Directive is implemented in the UK by The Merchant Shipping (Vessel Traffic Monitoring and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/2110), as amended. (2) The Port Waste Reception Facilities Directive is implemented by The MS and FV (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations 2003 (SI 2003/1809), as amended. (3) The PSC Directive is implemented by The Merchant Shipping (Port State Control) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/2601).