Issued 14 March 2018

The International Salvage Union has awarded honorary life membership to Hugh Shaw OBE, the former UK Secretary of State’s Representative for Marine Salvage and Intervention. At the same time Mr Shaw was also awarded the ISU’s Meritorious Service Award.

The award was made today in the presence of some 200 delegates at the ISU’s Annual Associate Members’ Day Conference in London. The awards were made by the ISU President, Ms Charo Coll, who said:

“Today we are making the rare award of Honorary Membership of the International Salvage Union to Hugh Shaw. Hugh has been a great supporter of the worldwide salvage industry and a friend of ISU for many years. His record as UK SOSREP – carefully and wisely managing hundreds of incidents – speaks for itself. His work has been recognised by the Queen with the award of the O.B.E. The fact that the general public do not know Mr Shaw shows how effective he has been: one mis-managed case and he would be very well known for the wrong reasons.

“Hugh has also been an international champion of issues like the importance of Places of Refuge and other maritime safety matters; working hard with the EU, IMO and other states to try to make progress. We are delighted to make these awards and we wish Hugh a long and happy retirement.”

Hugh Shaw OBE

ISU President, Charo Coll, making the award of honorary life membership of ISU to Mr Hugh Shaw OBE