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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  • 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.

  • November 3-7, 2015 in Providence, RI. The SNAME Maritime Convention/5th World Maritime Technology Conference. SNAME is an internationally recognized non-profit, professional society of individual members serving the maritime and offshore industries and their suppliers.

  • November 11-12, 2015 in London, UK. ACI’s 7th Arctic Shipping Summit 2015 will focus on discussing the practical solutions necessary for the ship owners to decide whether they should invest in utilising the Northern Sea Route.



SOUNDINGS Summer 2015

ASA Publications:

Salvage Update
Press Releases

Other Publications:

Marine Log
Marine News
Maritime Executive

Latest News

ASA / NAMEPA Marine Sciences Project Awards Competition:
September 2, 2015: The Education Committees of the American Salvage Association (ASA) together with the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA) announce a special awards competition for marine science...[Read More]

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