September 18, 2003

Salvors elect leaders
Richard Fairbanks, President of Titan Maritime, LLC (Fort Lauderdale, FL), has been named President of the American Salvage Association (ASA). George Wittich, Senior Vice President of Weeks Marine (Cranford, NJ), has been named the association's Vice President, and John Witte, Jr., Executive Vice President, Donjon Marine Co., Inc. (Hillside, NJ), has been named ASA's new Secretary/Treasurer.

"We are very excited about ASA's incoming leadership," said Richard Fairbanks. "Among the areas the association will focus on throughout the year are maritime security, the status of pending U.S. salvage regulations, and responder immunity and the salvors' role in environmental protection," he continued.

"The association owes many thanks to J. Arnold Witte, Sr., President and CEO of Donjon Marine Co., Inc., who served as ASA's first President. His guidance served to lay the foundation for the early success of our association and for that we will be ever-grateful," Fairbanks said.

The American Salvage Association is the national trade association representing North America's professional salvors. Its goal is to promote professionalism and improve marine casualty response in American coastal and inland waters.

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