Saving lives, ships and cargo.
Protecting the marine environment.
International Salvage Union (ISU) member salvors provide essential services for the world’s maritime and insurance communities. Members are engaged in marine casualty response, pollution defence, wreck removal, cargo recovery, towage and related activities. The principles of salvage and salvage law have evolved over many centuries. A fundamental concept is that the salvor should be encouraged by the prospect of an appropriate salvage award to intervene in any casualty situation to salve the ship, property and, in particular, to save life and prevent pollution. The salvor’s right to a reward is based on natural equity, which allows the salvor to participate in the benefit conferred to shipowner, the ship itself and the ship’s cargo.
We are moving!
Please note that from 03 June 2013 our new contact details will be:
International Salvage Union, Holland House, 1-4 Bury Street, London EC3A 5AW t: +44 20 7220 6597
Casualty Management Guidelines
ISU and the Nautical Institute have published their important Casualty Management Guidelines book aimed at providing comprehensive practical guidelines to help seafarers during a casualty. The book explains … Find out more
Our Quarterly Newsletter
Salvage World contains the operational and corporate news from the ISU, its members and associate members. Dramatic photographs and discussion of current issues affecting the … Read the newsletter
The Lloyd’s Open Form
Lloyd’s Open Form, the most commonly used salvage contract, has been in use for over 100 years. The International Salvage Union supports and promotes the use of this unique contract.
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