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We are a wholly owned, Australian based salvage and emergency response service provider.

Specialising in emergency response, salvage, wreck removal, decommissioning and environmental support services throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

We are located in New South Wales Australia, with equipment bases including Dampier Western Australia, Mackay and Cairns Queensland.

Our new warehouse in Port Kembla

United Salvage has opened the doors at their new warehouse in Port Kembla.

We are excited to be working alongside Avcon Projects Australasia and Risk Response Resources to form a combined Training, Safety, Environment and Emergency Response Hub in Port Kembla.

Our Hub partners held an open day to showcase their Fire and Vertical Rescue training to a group of professionals from the Illawarra as part of an opening day to demonstrate their capabilities.

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Providing 24/7 response to salvage and emergency response calls

From the company’s headquarters in Port Kembla, New South Wales, we are well poised to mobilise and respond in Australia and throughout the South Pacific. 

The United Salvage team is experienced at responding at short notice to assist, ship owners and theirs crews in a variety of circumstances. Our emergency response services can include;

  • Naval architecture
  • Marine engineering towage
  • Marine pollution
  • Hazardous materials management. 

Emergency towage planning, preparation and consultancy services

Our tailorable course provides relevant input into your vessel and emergency towage set up.

Using your vessel(s) for the practical aspects of the course, your crews get real experience with their equipment, procedures, and a valuable exposure when the time calls.

United Salvage, in consultation with industry, has utilised its experiences in emergency response situations to develop a two-day Lloyd’s Register accredited course in Marine Emergency Towage. Including both theoretical and practical elements, the course provides towage vessel operators and their crews with a realistic opportunity to engage with salvage industry expects whom have worked on some of the most complex marine emergency response situations experienced both regionally and globally.

A tailorable course, it provides relevant inputs into your vessel and emergency towage set up. Using your vessel(s) for the practical aspects of the course, your crews get real experience with their equipment, procedures, and a valuable exposure when the time calls.

During the course, attendees will get an insight into:

  • Understanding the basic concepts of marine salvage and have an awareness of emergency towage capabilities.
  • Identification of equipment suitable for a variety of emergency towage solutions.
  • Preparation of both the towage vessel and casualty for an emergency towage connection.
  • Connection of both a ‘dead-ship’ and powered casualty emergency towage situations.
  • Emergency towage equipment storage and maintenance.

All whilst performing tasks in a SAFE and SEAMANSHIP like manner. At the completion of the course, competent attendees will be issued with a certificate of competency and be better prepared for when your organisation is faced with engagement in emergency towage situations.

Large Scale Decommissioning
and Recycling

Our projects include the management of and preparation of vessels for green recycling and disposal.

We are well experienced in providing decommissioning services and support in Australasia. We have undertaken large scale projects in port and offshore that include; 

  • Removal of fire damaged jack up rig from oilfield
  • Fire damaged bulk carriers within port limits.

Environmental Support

United Salvage maintains a full suite of oil spill capture and containment equipment. 

We maintain a full suite in our NSW headquarters as well as small caches of equipment in Mackay, Cairns and Dampier

Our locations

Located in NSW Australia, with equipment bases in Dampier WA, Mackay and Cairns QLD

+61 1800 864 725


32 Gloucester Blvd
NSW 2505



It starts with small-arms ammunition and gold ingots...

United Salvage history dates back to prior to the Second World War when a united syndicate was formed to recover gold bullion from the sunken vessel “RMS Niagara” that struck a mine off New Zealand on 13-14 June 1938. Capt John Williams formed the syndicate and assembled the salvage team to recover the bullion to support the impending war efforts of the Empire.

United Salvage evolved throughout the years following the Second World War to be owned by the Australian companies Howard Smith’s and Adsteam. Following the takeover of Howard Smith’s by Adsteam Marine, Adsteam was then taken over by SVITZER, part of the AP Moller Maersk group. United Salvage ceased operating in 2007 and was reactivated in 2020.

Call us 24/7

+61 1800 864 725

  • Emergency Response
  • Decommissioning
  • Recycling
  • Environmental Support
  • Emergency Towage
  • Training and support