The American Salvage Association was created as an association of professional salvors in order to provide an identity and assist in professionalizing the United States marine salvage and firefighting response capability. By doing so, the ASA has helped to improve marine casualty response in North American coastal and inland waters. The ASA also educates government, industry and the general public about the role of the marine salvor in protecting life, the environment, and property from the consequences of the perils of water transportation. To achieve these goals the ASA promotes cooperation among its members to assure an effective, successful response in major incidents.

The ASA strives to ensure open communication and cooperation with regulatory authorities that result in prompt, effective response, meeting regularly with various federal and state agencies to exchange views on the improvement of salvage and firefighting response in North America. The ASA also interfaces with vessel owners and their underwriting interests as well as various public interest groups to facilitate a better understanding of all views and assure a successful and protective response when required in the future. Issues of safety, insurance, increased training, adequate salvage assets, and responder immunity are high on the ASA agenda. The ASA and its members are committed to working together in a cooperative manner.

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  • April 21-23, 2015 in Portsmouth, VA. The 2015 Mid-Atlantic Waterways Conference is the region's most impressive gathering of maritime professionals and government officials who assemble annually to consider the industry's most pressing issues and to discover emerging opportunities.

  • September 21, 2015 in Stamford, CT. ASA Fall Meeting

  • September 22-24, 2015 in Stamford, CT. Maritime Salvage Conference & Expo: The Evolution of Casualty Response is for shipowners, regulators, insurers, attorneys, and salvage professionals focused on real-world lessons and practices of salvage, wreck removal, fire-fighting, and environmental response.



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Marine Log
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