Full members of the ISU are companies and organisations that are active as main contractors and have a track record of providing successful salvage services. The ISU has some 55 full members worldwide. Applicants for membership must be supported by at least two existing ISU full members.
Membership of the ISU confers a mark of professional respect and competence and ISU members may use the ISU logo on their corporate marketing and business materials.
Membership of the ISU demonstrates good standing with other salvors; shipowners and their insurers as well as with other marine professionals.
ISU members receive a listing in the ISU website and are entitled to have their news published in the widely distributed and well-regarded quarterly newsletter, Salvage World.
Members may attend the annual meeting of the association and help to shape policy regarding the business and legal frameworks and practice of salvage and wreck removal. It is also an excellent networking opportunity allowing members to meet and re-establish existing relationships and make new contacts.
ISU also produces an annual associate members’ conference with a programme of relevant speakers and the chance to meet other full members and associate and affiliate members at no cost.
Members are expected to abide by the ISU Code of Conduct and there is a disciplinary process to deal with issues and disputes.
Membership fees are kept as low as possible and are reviewed regularly.
The ISU is also open to associate membership. Associate members are typically organisations which do not provide salvage services directly but which support the industry or have an interest in it. They include marine consultancies, liability and property insurers and brokers; marine law firms, national response organisations and others with an interest in salvage, pollution prevention and wreck removal services.
ISU associate members receive a listing on the ISU website and are entitled to have their news published in the widely distributed and well-regarded quarterly newsletter, Salvage World.
Two representatives of each associate member may attend the annual ISU associate members’ conference at no cost with the opportunity to hear about current issues and to meet and engage with full members.
Associate membership fees are modest and formal applications are considered by the Executive Committee.
Affiliate membership is open to non-commercial organisations with an interest in marine salvage and are usually similar shipping industry trade associations. There is no fee for affiliate members and requests to join this category of membership are considered on a case by case basis with no formal application process.
There are some 80 associate and affiliate members of the ISU.
Contacts: Gözde Alnıaçık, Büşra Karasakaloğlu
Geronimo P. Bella Jr.
Tel: +632 553 1555
Ricardo Rodrigo Bella
Tel: +632 553 1539
Capt. Rudiardo L. Arcellana
Tel: +632 553 1569
Edwin G. Amejana
Tel: +632 553 1565
A J Kooren, President & CEO
Ellen Berchelmann Chartering Manager
Carlos L. Paz (Chairman)
Alberto E Rodriguez (Vice Chairman)
Ezequiel E Martinez (Commercial Manager)
Chairman : Mr. Korkut Omur
Managing Director : Mr. Sercan Bozkurt
6 Bevis Marks
London EC3A 7BA
Tel: +44 20 3142 4350
Dirk Jan Osinga
(Director Salvage Consulting)
AqualisBraemar ASA (OSE: Aqua) is a public listed company that offers adjusting, marine, offshore and renewables consultancy services to the energy, shipping and insurance industries. The group employs specialist engineers, naval architects, master mariners, SCRs, loss adjusters and technical consultants in 48 offices located across 5 continents in 33 countries. AqualisBraemar ASA operates under three distinct brands globally:
• AqualisBraemar: a leading adjusting, marine and offshore consultancy to the energy, shipping and insurance industries
• AqualisBraemar Yacht Services: a specialised marine consultant to the superyacht market
• Offshore Wind Consultants: an independent consultancy to the offshore renewables sector”
(Commercial Project Manager/Tender Manager)
Captain John Owen
Grosser Burstah 36-38
Tel: +49 40 37 50 33 90
Mobile: +49 172 40 50145
We are ready to go whenever and wherever salvage and/or wreck removal is needed. We support our clients during the most complex casualty situations with a 24/7 emergency response service and complete aftercare. Thanks to the experience gathered from hundreds of casualty management projects and our global network we serve our clients with reliable response anywhere and at any time.
The team at brand MARINE CONSULTANTS has experience from its participation in hundreds of casualty investigations and damage surveys. This gives us the ability to investigate the cause of any marine and/or offshore casualty. We are ready to go 24/7 and are fully prepared to travel worldwide. We provide our clients with high quality and “straight to the point” reports that cover repair costs, root causes and regress opportunities.
We are prepared to advise our clients during the aftercare of a casualty. Our global network allows us to provide our clients with fast response surveys.
At brand MARINE CONSULTANTS we are prepared to support and advise our clients during complex and unique operations. This service includes risk assessment and risk management that comes hand-in-hand with an overview of technical and commercial topics. It is our goal to be a part of our client’s decision-making process, hereby ensuring high-quality service and positive results.
The team at brand MARINE CONSULTANTS has experience in assisting new businesses and restructuring existing businesses. We are in a position to support and to advise our clients during the complex process of starting or developing a new business within the Marine and Offshore sectors.“
Established in the 1970s, Briggs Marine and Environmental Services supply services including; vessel charter, salvage and wreck removal, oil and gas terminal operations, environmental consultancy and International 24 hour emergency oil spill response service.
Offering a holistic service and innovative cost effective salvage solutions our expanding and diverse fleet of vessels and services complement our marine salvage solutions, including; wreck intervention and removal, towage, emergency salvage, oil removal, wreck survey and management, diving and subsea services.
Our ability to immediately respond can mean the difference between a dry or wet salvage. Salvage services and our highly trained oil spill response personnel deal with over 500 incidents a year covering industrial, coastal and offshore installations. We provide a rapid and cost effective 24 hours a day, 365 days a year service through our unrivaled combination of response bases and stockpiles of well-maintained oil spill response equipment.
We are also a leading international provider of response training (accredited by the Nautical Institute on behalf of the MCA, DECC and IMO), with prestigious clients including UK and European government agencies, International oil & gas companies, power generation companies and maritime organisations.
Founded in 1903, Brookes Bell Brookes Bell is a leading international, multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consultancy serving the marine and energy sectors.
From humble beginnings in Liverpool, we now operate in London, Glasgow, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore and enjoy a reputation for being the ‘go to’ firm for expert witness, technical dispute resolution, forensic analysis and casualty investigation.
Our full time personnel have unrivalled expertise across a broad range of inter-related disciplines including Marine, Civil and Mechanical Engineers, Master Mariners, Naval Architects, Consulting Scientists, Fire Investigators and Metallurgists, enabling complex projects to be delivered through a single point of contact. This wealth of practical experience is combined with cutting-edge in-house technology.
We investigate, survey, troubleshoot, manage and advise on a broad range of marine and energy matters including, amongst others, SCR appointments, salvage and wreck removal projects, scientific cargo expertise, casualty investigation, litigation support, design support, superyacht services, bespoke software products and energy & marine loss adjusting.
Brookes Bell Group’s reputation for excellence is found upon integrity and proficiency and we are proud to call the world’s most eminent P&I Clubs, Shipowners, Charterers, Underwriters, Cargo Owners, Lawyers, Salvors, Shipyards, Average Adjusters and Government Departments our clients.
via Leonida Bissolati, 76
Tel: Tel: +39 06 515081
Fax: +39 06 5150835
Fax: +39 3357101878
Project Manager: Alessandro Vettori
The company TUGS CHATZIGAVRIIL is a family company, which was founded in 1993 in Alexandroupoli as a small enterprise with big however prospects and objectives.
Beginning from the harbour of Alexandroupoli, which the company serves exclusively, she accomplished it advances also in the towages of open sea inside and except Greece as also
and in Salvage successfully.
Allocating, the unique tug boat of salvage for open seas in all the Northern Aegean, which is found on 24 hours base available, it ensures thus direct intervention whenever and where exists need.
The company elected itself shortly in the space of benefit of shipping services, based on the suitable equipment, the sufficient know-how, the continuously accumulated long-lasting experience in the towages and rescues of boats and naturally in a very well educated personnel.
With stations at Alexandoupoli in Greece, we are able to rapidly respond to any emergency, along with performing routine operations, in the areas of The Mediterranean, the Black and the Red Sea. Our Operation Office is manned around-the-clock,24 hours per day, 365 days a year, ensuring reliable, effective and efficient port operations. We are ready to handle any Salvage request with an immediate response guarantee.
We provide 24/7 technical support and advice on marine casualties, salvage and wreck removal projects worldwide. We assist a range of clients in:
– Casualty Response & Management;
– Special Casualty Representatives (SCR) and Client Representatives;
– Engineering & Naval Architecture support for salvage and wreck removals;
– Salvage consultancy;
– Wreck removal projects;
Dr. Ann Fenech
Fenech and Fenech Advocates is Malta’s oldest law firm. It was founded in 1891. Over the years it has gone from strength to strength, offering services for private clients and multinationals. As a multidisciplinary law firm, all types of legal issues and disputes are dealt with, including shipping and international corporate matters.
Fenech and Fenech Advocates is the only law firm on the island with a designated Marine Litigation Department. This department handles at least 75% of all shipping casualties that take place around Malta and the same proportion of all shipping casualties involving Maltese registered vessels worldwide.
The Marine Litigation Department offers 24-hour service, with immediate access to other professionals, such as naval architects, marine engineers, fire experts and overseas lawyers.
Main contact: Ashan Welagedera, Director
Ms Lucy Lu (PA to General Manager)
24/7 Emergency Response
Emergency response can be reached on the following numbers: –
Marine: +44 (0) 207 280 9300
Yachts : +44 (0) 7875 409 647
Hill Dickinson LLP
The Broadgate Tower
20 Primrose Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 7283 9033
Fax: +44 (0)20 7283 1144
Philip Haddon – email@example.com
Mobile:+44 7836 262859
Ian MacLean – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile:+44 7889 643956
Robert Wallis – email@example.com
Mobile: +44 7836 227 706
Maria Pittordis – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile: +44 7768 112 382
No. 1 St. Paul’s Square
Tel: +44 (0)151 600 8000
Fax: +44 (0)151 600 8001
8 Shenton Way
Tel: +65 6576 4747
Fax: +65 6576 4748
Tony Goldsmith – email@example.com
Mobile: +65 9155 3153
Andrew Lee – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile: +65 9155 8404
2 Defteras Merarchias St
Tel: +30 210 428 4770
Fax: +30 210 428 4777
Patrick Hawkins – email@example.com
Mobile: +30 6944 314 221
Andrew Dyer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile: +30 6972 848 382
Room 2102, 21st Floor
Tower Two, Lippo Centre
Tel: +852 2525 7525
Fax: +852 2525 7526
Michael Mallin – email@example.com
Mobile: +852 60307669
Damien Laracy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mobile: +852 9758 9825, direct: +852 2525 7528
Palais Saint James
5 Avenue Princesse Alice
Tel: +377 9770 0460
Fax: +377 9770 0469
David Reardon – email@example.com
Mobile: +33 643 867 373
65 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AE, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7264 8000
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7264 8888
Offices also in Paris, Rouen, Brussels, Geneva, Piraeus, Dubai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth & Sao Paulo.
Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) is a global law firm with over 450 lawyers across 14 offices in 11 countries. We specialise in advising clients in the aviation, banking, commodities, construction, insurance/reinsurance, logistics, mining, offshore, energy, oil & gas, ports & terminals, shipping, super-yachts and private aircraft sectors, specifically.
HFW’s shipping lawyers are listed in the Legal 500 and Chambers legal directories as a top-tier firm for shipping work, winning numerous global awards. We provide a comprehensive service to the global shipping and offshore business community, and have over 140 lawyers worldwide specialising in all aspects of maritime law. HFW has one of the largest Admiralty and Crisis Management practices in the world, dealing with the full range of legal issues that arise from collisions, groundings, pollution, fire and explosion, salvage, wreck removal and towage.
The firm’s casualty response teams of lawyers and mariners operate 24 hours a day on a worldwide basis. Maritime crisis management is an area of work where the firm has developed a leading reputation.
Particular areas of expertise within the field of marine casualty work include:
• Collisions, fire and explosions
• General average, total loss
• Salvage, towage, wreck removal and recovery
• Personal injury
• Damage to oil terminals, rigs and offshore structures
• Pollution, environmental damage and clean up
Emergency “after hours” answering service in London: +44 (0)20 7709 7702.
Partner: James Gosling Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Partner: Andrew Chamberlain Email: email@example.com
Partner: Toby Stephens Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Partner: Martin Dalby Email: email@example.com
Senior Manager: Kaare Langeland Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For a full list of contact partners, please refer to HFW’s website
Duncan Cuthill, General Manager
Interocean is a Rigmar Group Company. Formed in 2007, we are marine and engineering consultants and recognised as a leading provider of rig move and towage services on a worldwide basis. Our expert team consists of Master Mariners, Naval Architects, Engineers and Surveyors with in-depth experience and knowledge of the offshore energy sector.
We are available 24/7 for 365 days of the year for urgent technical advice and assistance or to provide prompt mobilisation of expert tow masters, marine surveyors or engineers from our offices in the UK, UAE and Canada.
Our scope of services includes:
• Towage and Marine Transportation Projects: Ocean tows – wet tows, dry tows and loadouts
• Rig Move Services: Jack-up and Semi-submersible drilling rigs
• Casualty response: 24/7 response, support and supervision and technical advice
• Mooring Operations: Specialists in mooring over complex subsea infrastructure and in deep water locations
• Marine Warranty Services: Documentation Reviews, Site Attendances and Location Approvals
• Risk Management
• Marine Project Management
• Marine Consultancy & Assurance
• Offshore Engineers and Naval Architects
• Offshore Survey and Positioning Services
One Lime Street
LONDON, EC3M 7HA
Tel: +44 20 7327 5408
Fax: +44 20 7327 6827
Lloyd’s Salvage Arbitration Branch (SAB) is responsible for the administration of Lloyd’s Standard Form of Salvage Agreement (or Lloyd’s Open Form – LOF – as it is more commonly referred to). LOF provides a regime for determining the amount of remuneration to be awarded to salvors for their services in saving property at sea and minimising or preventing damage to the environment.
SAB’s main duties include:-
• The collection of salvage securities, thereby allowing the vessel and cargo to proceed on the voyage
• The appointment of arbitrators in cases where parties are unable to reach an amicable settlement
• Publication and distribution of arbitrators’ Awards to the parties involved
• The collection and payment of Award funds.
SAB also collates LOF statistical information. It produces a digest of important legal issues which have arisen in LOF arbitrations since the introduction of LOF 1980.
To obtain up-to-date information on the latest LOF cases, as well as details on the background and workings of LOF and the digest, visit the SAB web-site: http://www.lloydsagency.com
Manager: Kevin Clarke Email: Kevin.email@example.com
We are the Insurance brokers for a number of ISU members and would assert that we probably have more experience in insuring salvage and wreck removal operations than any other insurance broker in the world: David Smith and Quentin Brooksbank have placed insurances on behalf of ISU members for over 100 salvage and wreck removal cases including of recent note the wreck removal of the “Costa Concordia”, “M/V Smart”, “Kea Trader” and the Norwegian frigate “Helga Ingstadt” .
MCS International Marine Services BV was established in 1987. MCS are independent brokers and contractors. Main activities include services concerning: ocean towage and salvage; heavy lift transportation; project cargo shipments; chartering of tugs, barges (both submersible and non-submersible); crane barges, offshore equipment such as supply vessels, anchor-handling tugs, multicats, etc.; and sale & purchase.
London EC2Y 9AE
Tel: +44 20 7330 8000
Fax: +44 20 7256 6778
Emergency contact number: +44 20 7330 8099
MFB, formerly known as More Fisher Brown, is a specialist shipping law firm which was established in 1988. The firm has expanded to 26 fee earners, of whom 12 are partners, and we recently moved to a new riverside office on the north bank of the Thames.
Our Admiralty/Casualty Response team, comprising of legally qualified Master Mariners, has extensive expertise in responding to maritime casualties on a worldwide basis. The firm regularly advises P&I Clubs, other insurers and salvors in relation to all aspects of accident investigation and response, including collisions, grounding, salvage and towage, fires, wreck removal, container losses, pollution, unsafe ports and resulting general average. We offer advice on BIMCO Wreck and Lloyd’s Open Form salvage contracts, and we select and work with lawyers and experts in the relevant jurisdictions as required.
Mike Mitchell: +44 7799 898069
Helene Hunter-Davies: +44 7854 138538
Sofia Falida Business Development Manager
Tel: +30 2104060081
Emergency Response Services / Oil Spill Response Services (fleet consisted of OSR Skimmer Vessels, Supply Vessels & OSR equipment), OSR Bases in Greece, Cyprus, UAE & Mauritius, Tank cleaning services, Inventory of Hazardous Materials, Distressed Cargo Management, Hazardous Waste Management, Asbestos Removal Services, Port Reception Facilities, Production of Alternative Fuels & Raw Materials for the Cement Plants, Rehabilitation of old industrial sites, Soil Remediation, Sludge Treatment
Engr MD Golam Sarwar
Hu Zhi Hui (General Manager)
The Broadgate Tower
20 Primrose Street
London EC2A 2RS
Tel: +44 (0)20 3116 3000
Fax: +44 (0)20 3116 3999
Offices in: Hong Kong, Piraeus, Sao Paolo, Abu Dhabi, Paris, Beijing
The Shipping Group’s Admiralty Department is one of the leading “wet” practices, a number of the team being ex-Master Mariners. The international client base includes owners, hull underwriters, P&I Clubs, salvors and charterers.
We have been involved in many well known cases (including the Selendang Ayu, Hanjin Pennsylvania and Kariba/Tricolor). We advise on technical disputes, jurisdictional matters and disputes arising from collisions and groundings, fires, total losses, oil and HNS pollution, salvage and limitation, as well as providing casualty management services.
The Department operates a 24-hour casualty information line and members of the Casualty Response Team are available to travel at a moment’s notice.
We work regularly with independent surveyors and other experts in most maritime countries. We are able to advise clients on, and instruct, appropriate professionals at short notice. We also involve, as and when necessary, our own overseas offices with Admiralty law experience, to ensure proper co-ordination and handling of the case simultaneously in two or more countries.
Richard Gunn Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Bastian Lenge
RollDock Shipping is an owner and operator of six “semisubmersible dock vessels” and two “open wide deck carriers”. All our vessels are tramping world wide. The HQ of RollDock is based in Capelle aan den Ijssel,The Netherlands. Further office hubs are in Houston, Hamburg, Dubai, Singapore and Japan.
Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Bay 1/14 Spring Place
105 Commercial Road
Hampshire SO15 1EG
Tel: +44 (0) 2380 329517
Fax: +44 (0) 2380 329321
The post of Secretary of State’s Representative (SOSREP) was established as part of the UK Government’s response to Lord Donaldson’s review of salvage, intervention and command and control.
On behalf of the Secretary of State, the SOSREP oversees, controls and, if necessary, intervenes to exercise “ultimate command and control”. He acts in the overriding interest of the UK in salvage operations in UK waters involving vessels or fixed platforms, where there is significant risk of pollution. Adoption of this approach represents an international first for the UK.
Whilst completely independent, the SOSREP is based at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) Headquarters in Southampton and relies upon the resources provided by the agency. The MCA is responsible throughout the UK for implementing the Government’s maritime safety policy. This includes co-ordinating search and rescue at sea (through Her Majesty’s Coastguard) and ensuring that ships meet UK and international safety rules. The MCA works to prevent the loss of lives at the coast and at sea, to ensure that ships are safe and to prevent coastal pollution.
SOSREP: Stephan Hennig Email: email@example.com
9901 CP Appingedam
Tel: +31 596 620997
Fax: +31 596 650810
Managing Director: Albert Lenting
Safety of people, protection of the environment and the prevention of oil spills are the most important parts of almost every salvage operation. There is a distinct need for more information from a salvage site. In addition to motion monitoring and hull integrity assessment of the casualty, environmental data can provide important information during a salvage operation.
Our motion monitoring equipment provides the salvers with valuable information about the structural integrity and motion of the casualty. We measure, collect and interpret this motion data. If required we can provide independent advice and/or reporting to salvers, owners, authorities, P&I clubs and other parties involved. In addition to the motion monitoring equipment, we offer a “one stop shop” for related environmental services and measurements: wind and waves, currents, tide, subsea survey etc.
Rådhusgaten 27, 0158 Oslo
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1376 Vika
N-0114 Oslo, Norway
Tel: +47 22 00 22 00
Fax: +47 22 42 42 22
Assistant Vice President, Global Head of Casualty Response, Andreas Øgrey
SKULD is a world leading marine insurance provider with a strong financial position and an ‘A’ rating with Standard & Poor’s. We cater to the needs of shipowners, the offshore and energy sector, charterers and traders, ports and terminals, cargo and the superyacht community.
SKULD was established in Oslo in 1897 as a P&I club for Scandinavian shipowners. Since then, we have grown into a diversified marine insurer and now offer bespoke covers through Skuld P&I, Skuld SMA and Skuld 1897, a syndicate at Lloyd’s.
With headquarters in Oslo and a worldwide office network of around 270 highly skilled employees, we provide our members and clients with service and competence they can rely on, 24 hours a day.
B 8020 Oostkampt
Tel: +32 47 77 29 937
Fax: +32 50 32 16 86
Mob: +32 477 72 99 37
Solis Marine was established in the UK and Singapore in 2012 to provide independent expert advice on maritime and shipping incidents. A third office was opened in Hong Kong in 2013 to expand on operations in the region and to extend the range of services and expertise provided by the organisation.
In 2017 Solis Marine expanded into China with an office based in Shanghai further developing our presence in the Asia Pacific region. Senior consultants have all given expert evidence in Court and Solis Marine also has three Special Casualty Representatives on the panel at Lloyd’s who have been heavily involved in a number of high profile and politically sensitive wreck removal and salvage operations. Naval architects all have practical salvage and wreck removal experience working both on behalf of vessel owners / insurers as well as for salvors directly.
Expert reports have been prepared for court and arbitration hearings on collisions, groundings, tugs and manoeuvring, unsafe ports and berths, cargo issues, passage planning, personal injury, vessel operations, prudent seamanship and damage to submarine pipelines.
We are solicitors specialising in the law of salvage, wreck removal and related areas of practice.
On our team, we have lawyer with industry experience as Master Mariners and in the fields of naval architecture, surveying and engineering. We also have partners who have worked in house at large shipowners. We use the experience and understanding to guide clients through all forms of causalities including, collisions, groundings, salvage, wreck removal and fires.
TWD is an engineering design consultancy actively involved in salvage, offshore wind, oil and gas and heavy civil projects world wide for the past 12 years. Our team is comprised +150 engineers, naval architects and designers, with offices in Rotterdam, London and Athens. Typically, our projects are bespoke solutions for T&I of heavy components in marine environments. TWD has been working closely together with several members of the ISU on projects like Costa Concordia, Flinterstar and Kea Trader. Throughout our active areas we design seafastenings, lifting tools, lift operations design, afloat stability analysis and ballasting procedure design. We also offer procurement and fabrication assistance services world-wide. With the recent cooperation with several well experienced salvage masters, TWD strives to further support this industry. We comply with all requirements of certifying authorities. Our in-house expertise in mechanical and structural engineering and naval architecture allows us a reputation to rapidly respond to requests in a diligent manner.
Klosterplads 9., 5th
Tel: +45 62 80 01 23
Director, Ole Thalund
White Chapel Building, 2nd Floor
10 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 8QS
Tel: +44 (0)20 7488 0911
Fax: +44 (0)20 7480 5806
The Shipowners’ P&I Club is the only member of the International Group to focus on smaller and more specialised vessels. The Club has a particular specialisation in offshore risks generally, including the cover of towage and salvage liabilities.
Chief Executive: Simon Swallow Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
21 Mansell Street
London E1 8AA
Tel: +44 20 7237 2617
Fax: +44 20 7231 8069
TMC (Marine Consultants) Ltd was established 30 years ago in London. The company has grown substantially and its technical team includes specialists in naval architecture, marine engineering and nautical science.
TMC provides technical investigation and surveying services worldwide to marine insurers, shipowners, managers and operators, law firms, P&I clubs, underwriters, trading houses, salvors and shipyards. The services include investigation work and survey assignments.
Tony Bowman Email: email@example.com
London EC3N 1LS
We are solicitors specialising in the law of tug and towage, salvage, wreck removal and related areas of practice.
Our team comprises some of the most experienced lawyers in the business, with over 200 combined years of practice and having handled over 500 LOF arbitrations. We have 2 ex-mariners one who was also for 12 years in-house counsel of a major international tug and salvage operator based in the Netherlands, two QCs who are former Lloyd’s Arbitrators and a former Royal Marine amongst the team.
We cooperate with experts whose backgrounds are as former tug masters, operations or chartering executives bringing a unique depth of experience to any issues. We advise operators, insurers, P&I Clubs, charterers or hirers on contracts such as LOF / SCOPIC, SUPPLYTIME, TOWCON / TOWHIRE, UK Standard Conditions for Towage etc, BIMCO wreck removal agreements, BARGECON and hybrid agreements. We also handle sale and purchase transactions.
Governmental recognized and certified Marine Chemists/Chemical Analysts and Surveyors. General marine chemist services, issuing mandatory Health & Safety Certificates for tankers, global HSE emergency response to the salvage industry with respect to hazardous cargo incidents. On site salvage services to a salvage contractor including: sampling and chemical analysis of firefighting/waste/scavenge water and other liquids. Hot-work and safe entry permits, toxic/flammable atmosphere/gas testing, witness analysis and communication between shore laboratories and salvors. Contingency planning after marine accidents with dangerous cargoes. World wide deployment of correctly dressed and equipped certified HazMat Team(s) and salvage marine chemists.
Van Heck operates on an international level in the field of water management and movement. With its diversity in pump units, Van Heck operates from dredging, salvage and offshore operations to sewer renovation and cool water applications. Every operation can be customized to meet the wishes of the client and the project’s demands.
Van Heck’s equipment is designed and built on their own premises. Van Heck is constantly innovating and developing its fleet.
In 2012, Van Heck started to use its proven expertise in water pumps to develop a new, innovative system for “green and easy oil recovery”, the Sea Trophy. This oil pump enables fast oil recovery out of fuel or cargo tanks if a ship is in distress or when incorrect fuelling has taken place. The aim of the Sea Trophy is to provide the ship with the ability to recover the fuel or cargo tank’s content in case of an emergency, when no other on-board equipment can help. www.seatrophy.com
Van Heck operates world-wide from the Netherlands and Singapore.
Managing Director: JGM Van Heck
Capt Ute Hannemann
(Head of Claims – Bremen)
Tel: +49 421 59811-15
(Head of Claims – Hamburg)
Tel: +49 40 301009-15
The VHT (Verein Hanseatischer Transportversicherer e.V.), is an association of marine insurance companies and underwriting agents in Germany. The VHT emerged in 2000 from the 2 former associations Verein Hamburger Assecuradeure (founded in 1797) and Verein Bremer Seeversicherer e.V. (founded in 1818).
VHT’s main focus is on independent claims handling on behalf of its members and of the insured in the areas of hull & machinery and loss of hire insurance. In addition the VHT provides technical expertise on cargo risks and claims as well as marine warranty surveys. The comprehensive claims management is taken care of by the claims managers from the the Bremen and the Hamburg office. In addition a staff of own surveyors (master mariners, naval architects and marine engineers) is taking care of major cases on a worldwide basis. This does include machinery damage as well as collision and salvage cases. Furthermore the VHT is maintaining a network of more than 300 average agents worldwide for local support in case of damage.
For non-member companies the VHT is providing its services via the VHT Service GmbH.
The W K Webster group provides a total marine claims handling service to insurers, brokers, re-insurers or self-insured owners of cargo or vessels worldwide. Through wholly-owned offices in London, Singapore and New York we are able to assist our principals, and their customers within their respective time zones, on a round the clock basis.
We deal with all aspects of a claim, from physical survey through to determining liability and quantum, alternative disposal and recovery from the party responsible for the damage. Through our network of offices we ensure that each aspect is handled at the most appropriate location without the need to brief a third party. We focus on a commercial, cost-effective solution.
Cargo surveys are performed by our subsidiary International Surveyors & Adjusters, with five offices in the UK as well as Singapore, Rotterdam and Antwerp. Another subsidiary, Seawise Maritime Services, deals with hull surveys from offices in London and Singapore. Our surveyors travel worldwide at short notice. Dedicated subsidiaries in the UK handle carrier’s liability claims for P&I clubs, liability insurers and transport providers.
We retain a worldwide network of cargo and hull survey agents to provide local assistance and inspection. All claims handling and recovery work is concentrated in our own regional offices, to ensure that all technical and legal aspects are observed and consistently applied. The group is a partnership, free from external shareholder influence.
Capt. Saumitr Sen (Master Mariner)
Martin Terrell (Director)
Winter Scott is a firm of maritime and commercial lawyers specialising in maritime and admiralty law, insurance and commercial litigation. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in dealing with salvors, owners, charterers, P&I Clubs, Defence Clubs, hull insurers and other commercial parties.
Our aim is to:
– Provide an excellent legal service
– Provide value for money
– Enjoy working with our clients
BIMCO, established in Denmark in 1905, is the world’s largest international shipping association. BIMCO has some 2,550 members in 123 countries. The owner-members of BIMCO control a fleet of about 525 million dwt, representing 65 per cent of the world’s merchant fleet.
BIMCO is accredited as an official observer at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Among its many activities, BIMCO provides practical information and assistance to the maritime community. In May 2005 BIMCO’s centenary will be celebrated in Copenhagen.
Ada Wang (Vice Director Liaison Department)
Since its foundation in 1963, the European Tugowners Association (ETA) has brought together and promoted the interests of the European owners and operators of tugs and tenders serving vessels using the ports of Europe and other continents.
The ETA’s objectives include: speaking with a united voice on matters affecting the towage industry; communicating to its members on matters of importance to the industry; defending the interests of the membership; and representing the views of the towage industry in the most important decision-making supranational bodies and institutions, including the European Union, IMO and ILO.
Secretary General: Hugo Callens Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Kostas Gkonis, Secretary-General
INTERCARGO represents the interests of more than 100 Full and 70 Associate members, who control more than 2,000 bulk carriers. Its objective is the creation of a safe, efficient, high quality and environmentally friendly dry cargo shipping industry. INTERCARGO promotes the interests of its members in regulatory fora such as IMO and IACS. INTERCARGO formulates its strategies based on the prime principle of free and fair competition in the dry cargo industry, to enhance the interests of its members and benefit not only dry cargo shipping but also the shipping industry as a whole.
The International Bunker Industry Association provides an international forum to address the concerns of all sectors of the bunker industry. It works, inter alia, to improve and clarify industry practices and documentation, to represent the industry in discussion with governmental and non-governmental bodies and, in addition, to assist members in the event of disputes (including the provision of mediation and arbitration).
The International Ship Managers’ Association, founded in 1991, promotes excellence in ship management. It represents both third party managers and managing owners. The objectives of ISMA include: encouraging the highest standards of ship operation, providing a forum for discussion of matters of common interest and acting as the common voice of ship managers in international forums. ISMA publications include the ISMA Code and Guidelines on the implementation of ISO 9001: 2000 for Ship and Crew Managers (1st Edition, 2006). ISMA has NGO status at IMO. It is also affiliated to INTERTANKO, BIMCO, Intercargo and other organisations.
General Secretary: Kuba Szymanski Email: email@example.com
The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO) has been the voice of independent tanker owners since 1970. It represents an industry dedicated to delivering reliable, safe, responsible and competitive shipping services.
Membership is open to independent (not oil company/state controlled) tanker owners and operators meeting the Association’s membership criteria. INTERTANKO has 245 members in 36 countries, with a combined fleet of 2,150 tankers (160m dwt). The membership represents 70 per cent of the world’s independent fleet. In addition, INTERTANKO has 290 associate members.
INTERTANKO is a forum where the tanker industry meets. It is also a valuable source of information, opinions and guidance for members and associate members. Governments and regulators have taken a closer interest in tanker shipping in recent years. INTERTANKO has responded by strengthening relationships with legislators at all levels – working with them to ensure a fair and reasonable distribution of the responsibilities and liabilities involved in carrying liquid energy by sea. INTERTANKO speaks out authoritatively and proactively at international, national and regional levels on behalf of the tanker community.
Managing Director: Katharina Stanzel
Communications & PR: Bill Box Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The American Salvage Association is an industry association with the aims of improving salvage response and discussing and resolving issues common to the membership.
Issues of safety, insurance, increased training, adequate salvage assets, and responder immunity are high on the ASA agenda. The ASA and its members are committed to working together in a co-operative manner. A review of membership assets, in order to create a database of asset availability throughout the country, complements each member’s capabilities.
ASA members have the physical assets, experienced personnel, financial strength, insurability and a record of past performance that guarantees that the very best effort is being made to protect the environment and assure success in the shortest possible time.
The Baltic Exchange is the world’s only maritime marketplace. It maintains professional standards, resolves disputes and provides market information – including the Baltic indices. With over 500 member companies from all parts of the world, its international members handle a very large proportion of all dry cargo and tanker fixtures.
More than half the world’s new and secondhand tonnage is bought and sold by Baltic members in a market. Commissions from chartering and sale and purchase in 2002 (latest available figures) amounted to more than US$0.5 billion.
The Baltic Exchange publishes: Baltic Dry Index, Baltic Capesize Index (11 routes), Baltic Panamax Index (seven routes), Baltic Handymax Index (six routes), Baltic Dirty Tanker Index (11 routes), Baltic Clean Tanker Index (five routes), Baltic Ship Valuation Assessment (four vessel types), Baltic Liquified Petroleum Gas (one route), Baltic Forward Assessment (four routes), dry cargo fixture list and market reports.
The London Shipping Law Centre delivers continuing professional education in maritime law and related subjects. The Centre brings together experts from many areas which influence the practical and academic aspects of maritime law and so affect its development. It informs and advises on current legal issues and global problems concerning maritime safety, protection of the environment and security. The Centre promotes reform in the law and enables the concerns of industry to be heard openly at a neutral forum.
The maritime industry has an international character. Given the strict regulatory environment in which it operates, the industry always faces important issues in which both regulators and industry require education. The Centre has excellent relationships with the IMO, the EU, academic institutions and the London and international shipping communities. It will continue to play a pivotal role in education, research and in promoting dialogue between the industry and regulators.