ISU is the global trade association representing marine salvors.
Its members provide essential services to the world’s maritime and insurance communities. Members are engaged in marine casualty response, pollution defence, wreck removal, cargo recovery, towage and related activities.
In December 2015, I was pleased to attend the ISU lunch for marine journalists in London. It was a great opportunity to meet the recently elected new resident of the ISU, John Witte and other senior figures from the salvage industry.
Witte, a straight talking American, will hold office as President for a two year period. He has worked for Doujon Marine since 1982, where he is senior salvage master and also Manages Doujon’s marine salvage, demolition, marine transportation and heavy lift operations – he also manages their shipbuilding and repair business on Lake Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania.
He paid tribute to the man he succeeds as President, Leendert Muller - notably the manner in which he had built up relationships with insurers and also the work he had done with the European Union to make progress on Places of Refuge (for casualty vessels). The new President went on to say he was proud of the services members offer around the world – saving life, protecting the environment and saving property.