The rmS Titanic shipwreck agreement is a treaty open to all states regarding the protection of the wreck of the RMS Titanic. Following the passage of the RMS Titanic Maritime Memorial Act in 1986, the United States began negotiations with the United Kingdom, France and Canada in 1997 for an agreement on the protection of the wreck. The agreement was signed by the United Kingdom in 2003 and by the United States in 2004. It was not until 2019 that the United States ratified the agreement and it entered into force on November 18, the date of the ratification instrument. Published title: Agreement on the shipwrecked ship RMS Titanic. It was not until November 18, 2019 that the treaty was ratified by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on behalf of the United States.  On that date, the ratification instrument was tabled with the United Kingdom and the agreement came into force.  The treaty required ratification by only two of the four parties to the negotiations so that it could be effective.  The treaty requires both the United Kingdom and the United States to regulate persons and ships according to their respective jurisdictions in their interactions with the wreck.  In particular, both countries may grant or deny licences to allow entry into the wreckage or to remove objects.
The United Kingdom has indicated its intention to push other North Atlantic countries to join the agreement, including Canada and France.  On 18 November 2019, the United States filed with the United Kingdom its acceptance of the agreement on the shipwrecked ship RMS Titanic, thus enforcing this important agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom. In 1912, the British ocean ship RMS Titanic sank after colliding with a North Atlantic iceberg on its way from Southampton to New York.  The location of its wreckage was unknown until it was discovered in 1985 by Robert Ballard, 350 nautical miles off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.  Ballard did not claim the recovery, which allowed the wreck to be subjected to looting and unregulated recovery operations. In response, the United States passed the 1986 RMS Titanic Maritime Memorial Act, which recognized the wreck as an international maritime monument and authorized the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of State to negotiate an international agreement to protect the wreck.  Negotiations between the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Canada began in 1997 and were concluded by an agreement on January 5, 2000.   The United Kingdom signed the resulting agreement on 6 November 2003 with an “unqualified final signature on ratification” and adopted the “Protection of Wrecks” (RMS Titanic) Order 2003 as part of the Merchant Shipping Act to implement it.
 The United States signed the agreement on June 18, 2004.  On 15 April 2012, the ship in Titanic, which is located in international waters, was automatically protected by UNESCO, in accordance with the 2001 Convention for the Protection of Underwater Heritage, which has protected cultural, historical or archaeological objects under water for 100 years.  This contract was submitted to Parliament in December 2019.