LEENDERT Muller, managing director of leading towage and salvage specialist Multraship, has been appointed the new president of the International Salvage Union (ISU).
The appointment was confirmed at the annual general meeting of the ISU in Hong Kong on 24 October, 2013. Muller, who has been a member of the ISU Executive Committee since 2008, and vice-president since 2011, succeeds Andreas Tsavliris, who will continue as a member of the ISU Executive Committee.
Commenting on his appointment, Muller said, “It is a great honour to be named president of the ISU and I will do my best to represent our members’ interests as we continue working on the issues we face, engaging with our stakeholders to make sure that this industry continues to provide a vital service to world shipping.
“We all know Andreas Tsavliris’s great passion for the traditional salvage business and its heritage and history and I should like to thank him for his hard work during his presidency of ISU. Andreas has made the most of his deep understanding of the business to ensure that ISU has maintained a high profile and has been an effective trade association. He has also introduced an ISU Annual Review and a Meritorious Service Award and enabled us to publish again the annual statistics for our industry. We look forward to continuing to benefit from his experience and contributions to the Executive Committee and the wider ISU.”
Andreas Tsavliris said, “I am delighted to be handing over to Leendert Muller who, like me, comes from a family with a long and proud tradition in towage and salvage. Leendert has extensive experience of the industry and has demonstrated great commitment to the ISU and to marine salvage. I am sure the leadership of our association will be in good hands.
“It has been a great honour to be vice-president and then president of the ISU and to represent our members on the important issues facing our industry. I have tried to ensure, through numerous meetings, that the ISU is on a strong footing and has a good rapport with key industry players. Naturally, we cannot agree on all matters but I believe that we have made progress through dialogue, understanding, good communications and open discussions.”
John A Witte Jr, of Donjon Marine Co Inc in the US, was confirmed as vice-president of the ISU.
l Leendert Muller is joint managing director of Multraship Towage and Salvage based at Terneuzen on the River Scheldt in the Netherlands. He is an Executive Committee member of the European Tug Owners’ Association (ETA) and a board member of the Royal Dutch Shipowners’ Association (KVNR). Multraship is a leading Dutch towage and salvage company. It draws on a century of experience in the maritime sector. Multraship’s core operations include salvage, wreck removal, harbour towage, ocean towage, services to the dredging, offshore and renewable energy industries, and support for inland navigation. It operates and manages a large fleet of tugs, salvage vessels, floating sheerlegs and other craft equipped with modern towage, salvage and fire-fighting equipment and manned by experienced and highly-trained masters and crew. www.multraship.com