ISU, which represents the most renowned and prestigious international marine salvage companies, held its annual Associate Members’ Day Conference in London

As part of her stay in the British capital Charo Coll took the opportunity to award Honorary Life Membership of the ISU and the Meritorious Service Award to Hugh Shaw, the former UK Secretary of State’s Representative for Marine Salvage and Intervention

The Secretary General of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) Kitack Lim publicly praised “the important work carried out by the International Salvage Union (ISU)”, chaired by Charo Coll, manager of Boluda Corporación Marítima’s chartering, offshore and salvage division. The delegates were in London attending a dinner organized at Trinity House the night before the Annual Associate Members’ Day Conference, and was attended by about 100 guests associated with the maritime industry sector.

As a specialized United Nations agency, the IMO is the global authority responsible for setting the safety, protection and environmental standards to be observed in international maritime transport.

Boluda Towage and Salvage, Boluda Corporación Marítima’s towage and maritime salvage division, has been a member of ISU, an association with 58 members representing the most important and prestigious maritime rescue companies in the international arena, since 1992. ISU membership is formed by companies committed to the fight against marine pollution with a high level of expertise in maritime rescue.

During the Associate Member’s Day Conference held in London the day after the annual dinner, attended by some 200 delegates, the President of the International Salvage Union awarded honorary life membership to Hugh Shaw, the former UK Secretary of State’s Representative for Marine Salvage and Intervention. During the function Charo Coll also presented Mr Shaw with the ISU’s Meritorious Service Award for his career in the maritme salvage sector.

During the awards the ISU President said: “we award Honorary Membership of the International Salvage Union to Hugh Shaw for his role as a great supporter of the worldwide salvage industry and a friend of ISU for many years. His record as UK SOSREP where he carefully and wisely managed hundreds of incidents speaks for itself. His work has been recognized by the Queen with an O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) award.”

Coll added “Hugh has also been an international champion of issues like the importance of Places of Refuge and other maritime safety matters; working hard with the EU, IMO and other states to try to improve safety. We are delighted to make these awards and we wish Hugh a long and happy retirement.”


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