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, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean Sea. 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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Upcoming Conferences and Events

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  • March 21-23, 2016 in Stamford, CT. Shipping 2016 continues a tradition of bringing the international shipping community together in North America's leading commercial shipping center, for two and a half days of business and market oriented activity.

  • March 21, 2016 in Stamford, CT. WISTA USA's Eleventh Annual Luncheon at the CMA Shipping 2016 Conference at 11:30 a.m. with guest speaker Kathy Metcalf, President & CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America.

  • May 23-27, 2016 in Boston, MA. The International Tug, Salvage & OSV Convention is a much-anticipated conference and exhibition, firmly established as a must-attend event in the industry’s calendar. It attracts key players in the industry from across the globe, providing a unique opportunity once every two years to meet, learn and do business.




ASA Publications:

Salvage Update
Press Releases

Other Publications:

Marine Log
Marine News
Maritime Executive

Latest News

New ASA Officers:
October 30, 2015: Alexandria, VA – The American Salvage Association (ASA) elected a new slate of officers at its fall meeting on September 21 in Stamford, Connecticut. Todd Schauer, Resolve Marine Group was elected President...[Read More]

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