Issued 23 September 2010

The International Salvage Union has held its 56th General Meeting in Nice, France, 21-22 September 2010, with more than 80 delegates and their guests from the ISU’s 58 member companies in attendance. The meeting was hosted by French ISU member company, Les Abeilles.

The meeting, chaired by ISU President, Todd Busch, was updated on the business of the ISU, its executive committee and professional advisers during the past year. ISU General Manager, John Noble, reported on developments in the review of the SCOPIC equipment rates. And, attending his last AGM as ISU Legal Adviser, Archie Bishop reported on international maritime matters; the work of the Comite Maritime International; environmental salvage and introduced his successor, Rob Wallis. Mr Bishop and ISU Secretary General, Mike Lacey, also reported on the discussions of the Lloyd’s Salvage Group and the SCOPIC and Special Casualty Representatives’ Committee meetings that have taken place during the year.

Delegates also heard about the work of the Society for Underwater Technology and revisions to key BIMCO contracts as well as being shown the ISU’s refreshed and re-designed website and the results of the 2009 pollution prevention survey and other salvage industry statistics.

Commenting on the proceedings, ISU President Todd Busch said: “It is a pleasure to have had such a good attendance at this year’s general meeting. As usual we have covered a lot of ground dealing with both formal business and in informal discussions. These remain uncertain times for salvors. But it is gratifying to see the commitment that our members have to dealing with the issues that we face. And it is encouraging to see our members’ commitment to this industry which is vital to the shipping community and wider society.”

For further information contact:
James Herbert, Communications Adviser, ISU: +44 1423 331096 / +44 7979 855126