President, Richard Janssen

Richard Janssen, President of the ISUMr Janssen is Managing Director of Smit Salvage and he has 25 years’ experience of the marine salvage, towage, offshore and energy sectors. He was part of the Smit teams that delivered many well-known and complex salvage and wreck removal cases often with innovative engineering and pollution prevention requirements, including the Ievoil Sun, Kursk, Ehime Maru, Tricolor, MSC Chitra, Troll, Modern Express and Maersk Honam.
Richard grew up in Rotterdam in a family with a strong history in towage, harbour work, heavy lifting and transport; he spent most of his spare time on tugs, big pushers, in shipyards and working with heavy machinery. He studied business in Rotterdam and has undertaken a number of international commercial, contracting, subsea engineering and management courses.


Roger Evans, Secretary General

Roger Evans Secretary General ISU
Mr Evans is a former master mariner who sailed on a variety of vessels including reefers, bulk carriers, container and general cargo ships. Mr Evans came ashore in 1985 to join Smit International and has served the Dutch offshore, towage and salvage firm in a number of roles including as contracts manger in London for Smit International, senior contracts manager for Smit Salvage in the Netherlands and, since 2013, as Manager for Smit Salvage in the UK.


Richard Gunn, Legal Adviser

Mr Gunn is global head of marine casualty at international law firm, Reed Smith. He is a qualified master mariner and served in the merchant navy for 12 years on a variety of vessels before coming ashore to work in shipping operations. He then trained as an English solicitor and qualified in 1996.

Mr Gunn has been involved in numerous casualty cases, particularly collisions, groundings, explosion and salvage and related contractual disputes. As well as acting for salvors, owners and underwriters, he also acts for various owners and Clubs in Charterparty disputes, focusing on those of a technical nature such as unsafe port, P&I claims and GA disputes.

Mr Gunn’s work has involved complex containership casualties, logistics, bunker disputes and speed and performance issues and yachts. He has undertaken reviews of various contracts relating to provision of Port Services, STS and Emergency Towage Services, Wreck Removal, Towhire and Towcon, Supplytime and de-commissioning and he was the Admiralty Solicitors Group representative on the Lloyds Salvage Group and the sub-Committee drafting the revised LOF 2020.