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    US Salvage Association urges Coast Guard to press ahead with legislation

    News // March 19, 2004
    The American Salvage Association (ASA) reports that it has been urging the United States Coast Guard to move forward and promulgate critically important regulations for marine salvage and firefighting, which have been suspended three times and stalled for more than 13 years.

    The ASA said the regulations "are more important now than ever before" as the US faces the threat of terrorist incidents in the marine transport sector, be they in ports, terminals or aboard ships.

    "While government has been working to prevent terrorist incidents from occurring, an efficient, professional, specialized response capability for marine disasters is required. Professional marine salvors often serve as first responders at the time of marine incidents, working quickly to minimize damage and expedite recovery. By promulgating the long awaited regulations, the US Coast Guard would not only improve the nation's marine environmental protection capability, it would also improve the nation's homeland security and terrorist response capabilities," said the ASA.

    "Our country needs a National Salvage Policy now. The salvage community stands ready, willing and able to assist the United States with matters of maritime protection, casualty response planning, vessel and cargo salvage, marine environmental protection,wreck removal and harbor clearance," said ASA President Dick Fairbanks. "It is simply unacceptable for our nation to wait more than 13 years for these critically important regulations to be enacted," he continued.

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