With more than 25 years’ experience in the company, she is the former vice president of the ISU
Charo Coll Bargues, general manager of Boluda Towage and Salvage’s offshore and maritime salvage division and also in charge of the chartering department, was elected president of the International Salvage Union (ISU) at the annual general meeting held in Singapore on 7 September. Vice President of the ISU since her appointment in New York in 2015, Charo Coll now takes over as President from John Witte of Donjon Marine Co.
An association with 58 full members, ISU represents the world’s leading and most prestigious salvage companies, of which Boluda Corporación Marítima’s salvage division Boluda Towage and Salvage has been a member since 1992. Membership of the ISU is restricted to companies with a record of successful salvage and commitment to pollution prevention.
The new president of the ISU joined Boluda Corporación Marítima in 1990 and was a member of the Offshore and Salvage management team from its inception, coordinating Boluda Towage and Salvage tugs chartered to the Spanish Maritime Safety Agency for 15 years. That year, coordinated by the Merchant Navy’s general management, Spain began to develop the National Maritime Salvage and Pollution Prevention Plan, and Boluda Towage and Salvage’s key role in the plan was coordinated by Charo Coll.
In 1994 she was appointed Chartering manager of Boluda Corporación Marítima and has been general manager of the Offshore and Maritime Salvage division since 1997.
She holds a degree in International Maritime Law from Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid and a Ship Management diploma accredited by the Chartering and Shipbroking Association, awarded by North Kent College in the UK. She has also attended numerous seminars at Lloyd’s Maritime Training Programme as well others at the Instituto Marítimo Español.
Charo Coll has been a member of the ISU since 1992 and of the European Tugboat Owners’ Association since 2002, where between 2006 and 2009 she served first as vice-president then president. She is a member of the Valencian
Chamber of Commerce and amongst other entities has also been a member of WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association).
In 2016 she was honoured with the Valencian Government Business and Social Achievement Award in recognition of her professional career, her dedication and her contribution to the economic interests and promotion of the Valencian Region.