Full Members

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.   

Associate Members

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 Members 

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.

Holman Fenwick Willan LLP

Work 8 Bishops Gate London EC2N 4BQ UK Tel: +44 (0)20 7264 8000 Fax: +44 (0)20 7264 8888 Tel: +44 (0)20 7709 7702 (After Hours Answering Service) Website: https://www.hfw.com/

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 600 lawyers working across offices in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. 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, serviced by over 35 lawyers including 15 ex mariners (of whom 11 are master mariners) based in our offices across the globe. The team deals 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, marine insurance and total loss claims
Salvage, towage, wreck removal, decommissioning and disposal of hazardous waste management and disposal
Personal injury
Damage to oil terminals, rigs and offshore structures
Pollution, environmental damage and clean up resulting from oil and non-oil pollutants including cargo debris
Complex Environment dealing with maritime security issues arising from kidnap and ransom, hijackings and the detention of vessels, cargo and personnel by hostile and/or politically motivated groups
Cyber Security advising on the management of cyber risks both pre and post cyber breach as well as the recovery of funds resulting from mandate fraud, denial of service (ransomware) and data theft incidents

Principal Contacts

Partner: Andrew Chamberlain Email: andrew.chamberlain@hfw.com
Partner: Dominic Johnson Email: dominic.jonhson@hfw.com
Partner: Richard Neylon Email: richard.neylon@hfw.com
Partner: Tom Walters Email: tom.walters@hfw.com
Partner: Jean Koh Email: jean.koh@hfw.com
Legal Director: Victor Fenwick Email: victor.fenwick@hfw.com
Partner: Claire Womersley Email: claire.womersley@hfw.com
Partner: Mike Ritter Email: mike.ritter@hfw.com

For a full list of contact partners, please refer to HFW’s website or click here.

If you are interested in applying membership of the ISU then please contact James Herbert on +44 (0)7979 855126 or e: isu@marine-salvage.com