August 23, 2010
American Salvage Association celebrates tenth anniversary
The American Salvage Association (ASA) is celebrating its tenth year since its founding with a variety of special events n, including a lunch at its Fall Membership Meeting on November 1 at MITAGS in Linthicum, Md., to be attended by a number of industry and government guests.
Among ASA's accomplishments over the last decade have been the role of ASA members in evacuating people from the devastation of the World Trade Center after 9-11. During Hurricane Katrina, ASA members helped the Coast Guard achieve prompt reopening of the Mississippi River and undertook salvage and wreck removal operations offshore and inland. ASA members also responded to hundreds of marine casualties in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Rita and Ike. More recently, ASA members mobilized to earthquake stricken Port Au Prince, Haiti, to help in clearing the harbor and assist in the restoration of port operations.
On the environmental front, ASA continues to serve as a catalyst in raising awareness in Congress and within the maritime community on the latent threat of oil contained in submerged wrecks throughout the coastal zones of North America in the Wreck Oil Removal Program (WORP). Removing oil from a sunken wreck protects the environment, the local community, and makes the best use of taxpayer's dollars as the cost of removal is considerably lower than cleaning the oil off impacted wildlife and shorelines.
"Throughout the past 10 years, our Association has continued to gain momentum and achieve key milestones for the improvement of marine casualty response and environmental protection in North America. An ever-increasing membership roll, coupled with an increased operational efficiency, our distinguished group of salvors and affiliate and associate members have created a new chapter for moving forward in this century," said ASA President Mauricio Garrido.