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The mission of the ASA is to be a unifying association of the commercial marine salvage industry, serving as the definitive spokesman for this industry in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean Sea. The objectives of the ASA are:

To create and foster a good working relationship and spirit of mutual co-operation between its General and Associate Members.

To unit marine salvors working in North, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean Sea and their territories and possessions in order to consider and, when desirable, take joint action on any matters affecting the marine salvage industry.

To work towards the improvement and, where applicable, the standardization of contracts and other documentation relevant to the marine salvage industry.

To communicate to its members instances of practices that are considered to be unfair or objectionable that come to the attention of the ASA.

To co-operate with other Associations working in the interests of the marine salvage industry.

To take such actions as from time to time appear desirable and are considered appropriate and in the best interests of the marine salvage industry.

To give active support to its General Members in relation to legal or commercial disputes where such support is recommended by the Executive Committee and approved by the Membership in accordance with these Rules.