Biographical notes

John Arnold Witte Jr, President


Full Time with DONJON Marine, co., Inc. (Hillside, NJ) since 1982, Mr. Witte is currently Executive Vice President and Senior Salvage Master. In that role, he has day-to-day operations oversight of Donjon’s Marine Salvage, Demolition, Marine Transportation and Heavy Lift Operations. Mr Witte also serves as Donjon’s representative to the International Salvage Union (ISU) where he is the Vice President; elect. Mr. Witte was also a past President of the American Salvage Association (ASA).
In addition, Mr. Witte has also recently taken on the role of Director and acting General Manager of one of Donjon’s most recent activities, Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair, a full service Repair and Vessel New Build Facility located on Lake Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Charo Coll Bargues, Vice President

Charo Coll BarguesMs Charo Coll Bargues is General Manager of the Towage and Salvage Division of Spanish company Boluda Offshore. Ms Coll Bargues has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry and is a former Chair of the European Tug Owners’ Association and is a member of numerous commercial and professional associations.

Mark Hoddinott, General Manager

Mark has extensive experience of the salvage industry. He is a master Mariner who joined the UK’s United Towing as a Salvage Officer in 1982 and then served as Salvage Master, performing a number of notable salvage operations. He later moved into senior management first with Howard Smith then Adsteam before joining US-owned Titan Salvage as its Managing Director, Europe. Mark has also served on the ISU Lloyd’s Open Form sub-committee since its inception and was chairman of the committee 2009 – 2012.

Rob Wallis, Legal Adviser

Mr Wallis is a Law graduate of Leicester University and qualified as a UK solicitor in 1975 and joined the law firm of Elborne Mitchell specialising in Maritime Law, particularly “wet” work – salvage and collision – as well as aspects of marine insurance and re-insurance. In 1988 Mr Wallis joined the London office of Hill Dickinson as a Partner and was Chairman of Hill Taylor Dickinson from 1999 to 2004 prior to the re-merger with Hill Dickinson in 2007.

A large part of Mr Wallis’ work has been in practice of Common law salvage, Lloyd’s Open Form (LOF) and other forms of salvage contract. He has lectured on salvage matters and been a representative of the Admiralty Solicitors Group (ASG) for 25 years and its Chairman for the last seven years. Mr Wallis served on the ASG advisory body set up to assist Lloyd’s with the amendments to LOF and has worked with most of the International Group of P&I Clubs.