June 11, 2007
ASA and Coast Guard formalize partnership
The American Salvage Association (ASA) and the U S. Coast Guard have formally executed the Marine Salvage and Firefighting Quality Partnership with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the association and the Coast Guard.
Admiral Brian Salerno, Assistant Commandant for Plans & Policy for the U.S. Coast Guard, and George Wittich, President of the American Salvage Association, signed the partnership agreement at ASA's offices on June 8, 2007.
ASA and the Coast Guard have had a long, successful history of partnering on projects, including Industry/U.S. Coast Guard Cross Training; maritime salvage conferences; ASA's participation in the Coast Guard's Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC) Training in Yorktown, Virginia; ASA salvage training for the various USCG Strike Teams; and the ASA's early, and continued involvement to the Hurricanes Katrina and Rita response at the Coast Guard's request.
"The American Salvage Association is pleased to work with the U.S. Coast Guard in establishing a firm foundation for this quality partnership, which will yield results and continuous improvement in marine salvage and firefighting within our respective organizations, and will be of great benefit ultimately to the general public," said ASA President George Wittich.
The American Salvage Association is a trade association promoting professionalism and improving marine casualty response in North American coastal and inland waters.