Soundings - Fall 2015 - (Page 6)
By Paul Hankins,
6 * Soundings FALL 2015
pring is known as the season of new beginnings and that has certainly been the case for
the American Salvage Association. Change didn't end with the summer solstice, however,
as the ASA has continued to grow and transform deep into the dog days of August.
Building upon a mandate to expand its reach beyond North America, the ASA has
been busy establishing and promoting a presence in Central and South America, as well
as the Caribbean Sea. This involves highlighting the work of current members in the region, in
addition to actively recruiting companies headquartered in these countries to become ASA members. The recruitment process looks promising and the expanded ranks of new members will help
to promote and amplify the initiatives for which the ASA fights on behalf of all of its members.
This is summarized in the new mission statement, which reads "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."
A recent exciting development has been that the ASA, in the interest of supporting the membership campaign, applied for and was immediately accepted as an Associate Member of the InterAmerican Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS).
The CIP is the permanent Inter-American forum and advisory body of the OAS member states
that promotes hemispheric development and cooperation at the highest government level in the
port (maritime) sector with the active participation and collaboration of the private sector.
OAS-CIP is sponsored by the following member states: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina,
Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica,
Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica,
Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
St. Lucia, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
While OAS-CIP has a broad range of interests, three areas are of direct relevance to the ASA
including 1) Port protection, 2) environmental protection and 3) navigation safety.
The calendar may read September but the vibrant, Spring-like spirit of progress and renewal
remains with the American Salvage Association. As 2015 inevitably leaves the stage and cedes to
2016, we look forward to continued success for both the Association and the industry at large. ●
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Soundings - Fall 2015
ASA President’s Report
American Salvage Association: At Work Throughout the Americas
The CIP and ASA: A New Partnership for Protecting the Marine Environment of the Americas
ASA-NAMEPA Sciences Competition Years-in-Review
American Salvage Association and North American Marine Environmental Protection Association Announce Special Awards Competition
Meet the ASA Membership
Events & Announcements
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Soundings - Fall 2015