The International Salvage Union (ISU) is an association representing the interests of 60 major salvors worldwide. Membership of the ISU is restricted to those companies with a record of successful salvage and pollution prevention. Members are required to have the high level of expertise expected of the professional salvor.

In addition, Associate Membership of the ISU is open to all organisations and professionals with an interest in salvage, including P&I Clubs, other insurers, law firms, ports, national response organisations, shipowners and managers, coastal local authorities, environmental organisations, clean-up specialists and others. The ISU has 72 Affiliated and Associate Members.

One of the ISU’s primary objectives is to foster a wider understanding of the salvage industry’s contribution to environmental protection and the recovery of property. The ISU also plays an active role in encouraging inter-industry debate concerning the many legal and commercial issues influencing the efficient performance of salvage and pollution prevention services. The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), Intercargo, BIMCO, Baltic Exchange, International Maritime Industries’ Forum, Association of Average Adjusters, European Tugowners Association, London Shipping Law Centre, International Ship Managers’ Association and the American Salvage Association are affiliated to the ISU on a reciprocal basis.

The ISU Secretariat is based in London:

Mark Hoddinott
General Manager
International Salvage Union
Holland House
1-4 Bury Street
London EC3A 5AW

Tel: +44 20 7220 6579