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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  • 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.

  • October 12-13, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The WOW III conference 2015 will cover shipwreck related topics. During the past decade efforts of risk assessment of shipwrecks have advanced as well as development of underwater technology for monitoring and removal of hazardous substances from shipwrecks.



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Salvage Update
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Other Publications:

Marine Log
Marine News
Maritime Executive

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