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ASA To Offer Popular Marine Survey Course Aboard the Legendary Queen Mary, Oct. 9-11

by Todd Paradis | Jul 09, 2014

The American Society of Appraisers (ASA) will offer its popular marine survey course aboard the legendary Queen Mary, October 9-11, 2014. Once the grandest ocean liner in the world, the vessel now serves as a Long Beach hotel, historical landmark and entertainment venue.

ASA’s popular ME208: Marine Survey course is an intermediate level course that addresses the topics of marine equipment and its special language, the marine industry and function of marine surveyors and appraisers, the three approaches to value as they apply to commercial and yacht appraisal, identification of marine equipment and systems, preparing a report and the different types of Bluewater and Brownwater equipment.

It was written for the non-marine professional who wants basic knowledge and for the young marine professional who wants to learn more about the marine survey business and, particularly, marine asset appraisal.  The course is growing into a must-attend for those in any specialty who want education hours and for those who want to increase their knowledge in an industry that has the interest of many investors.

Past courses have included a field trip, with a modern harbor tug inspected in San Francisco and an ITB tug in Baltimore.  Possibilities for a field trip are being investigated in Long Beach and details will be announced when a vessel inspection has been confirmed.

“What better way to learn about this topic than aboard such a historic vessel”, says Norman F. Laskay, ASA, and course instructor. “We are very excited not only to explore the latest developments, but also to experience the Queen Mary. The San Pedro area of Long Beach also has a very good maritime museum, an aquarium, the historic SS LANE VICTORY and the shopping and dining at Port O’ Call.”

Mr. Laskay has been a designated member of the Society for more than 24 years and holds a specialty designation in Commercial Marine Survey. He is also a principal in the Metairie, LA office of Dufour, Laskay & Strouse, Inc.

Course qualifies for 24 hours ASA continuing education credits.

Course Location:
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0742

A limited number of hotel sleeping rooms have been reserved at $139 per night. To book your room at this special rate please reference ASA when you make your reservation. Availability is based on a first come first served basis. *Not including tax/ svc charges. Book your hotel by September 9, 2014 at

Course Registration
Early registration pricing through September 11, 2014. To register or more information visit ASA online at or call (800) 272-8258.

View a video sneak peak of the course or previous course photos.