As a result of a recent partnership between the two organizations, the American Salvage Association (ASA) and the Association of Diving Contractors International (ADCI) are pleased to announce a joint event to be held in Panama from August 1-2nd. This event will be held in tandem with the Conferencia Annual Martima de Panama. The ASA-ADCI event will bring together hemispheric members from both organizations to develop collaborations on related work, as well as to pursue opportunities to further their aligned missions.
Over 40 United States Coast Guard, State of Texas, maritime industry and local emergency responders attended the American Salvage Association’s (“ASA”) Marine Salvage and Emergency Response training course last month in the Houston-Galveston area presented by the ASA Training Committee.
Designed to train students on how to coordinate proactive marine casualty response operations, this two-day program exposed students to a wide variety of course modules led by ASA members and industry experts in salvage law, naval architecture, commercial diving, environmental policy, and emergency response operations.
On April 18th, Rear Admiral Anthony “Jack” Vogt, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy, released an update on the status of the most recent U.S. Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) industry verification initiative. According to the report, the Coast Guard has conducted 58 scenario-based SMFF verifications within the last year across 19 different Captain of the Port Zones, with 16 different vessel owners and operators. To date, all results have been found to be satisfactory and reflect compliance with the Coast Guard’s Salvage and Marine Firefighting regulations.
“When a vessel sinks, it sinks. It goes to the bottom. If it capsizes, it rolls over. I don’t even know what you call what happened to that barge,” said Global Salvage Officer Kyle Watson.