While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.
With the use of modern technology, people can date via telephone or computer or meet in person.
The ISU’s primary role is to represent, promote and safeguard the interests of member salvors in legal, political and commercial arenas.
Beyond acting as an effective lobbying organisation for the salvage industry, the ISU also works to foster co-operation between members.
Dating may also involve two or more people who have already decided that they share romantic or sexual feelings toward each other.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
In addition, it maintains regular contact and positive relations with regional and national salvage and tug-owning associations.
The ISU has an important role as the prime mover in many legal and commercial developments concerning marine salvage.
The collective voice of the salvors is heard in all spheres of shipping activity.
It is a form of courtship, consisting of social activities done by the couple, either alone or with others.
The protocols and practices of dating, and the terms used to describe it, vary considerably from country to country and over time.
The ISU represents the salvage industry in a global context and, in doing so, has access to the highest levels in political and commercial organisations with a direct interest in marine salvage activities.
No single salvage company could expect to command the attention given to the ISU, as the industry’s collective voice.