The United Kingdom and the United States will now be responsible for granting permits to those wishing to visit the wreck and remove objects. The agreement, signed by the United Kingdom in 2003, was ratified last year by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The agreement will continue to protect the wreck, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. The United Kingdom will play a leading role in protecting the wreck and will encourage other North Atlantic countries, such as France and Canada, to sign the agreement. The world`s most famous shipwreck, the RMS Titanic, will be more strictly protected under an international agreement, spiritual sea minister Nusrat Ghani confirmed ahead of a visit on Tuesday to Belfast, where the ship was built. 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.
 In announcing the ratification of the agreement by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, British Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani said the agreement would ensure that the site would be “treated with sensitivity and respect for the last resting place of more than 1,500 lives.” “This important agreement with the United States for the conservation of the wreck means that it is treated with sensitivity and respect for the last resting place of more than 1,500 lives. The United Kingdom will now work closely with other North Atlantic states to strengthen the protection of the Titanic 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 18 November 2019, the United States submitted to 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.