Abandoned and Derelict Vessels

ADV Workgroup Reports:

Photo: derelict vessel 1Abandoned and derelict vessels (ADVs) are a growing global problem that harm aquatic health and the health of humans and wildlife; threaten commerce and navigation safety; and deplete resources that communities depend upon.

Through deliberate action or negligence, ADVs break up, sink, or block navigation channels. ADVs often contain harmful quantities of oil, lubricant, and toxic substances found in the cargo or in the materials used to construct the vessel. These chemicals can injure or kill marine mammals, waterfowl and other aquatic life, and contaminate shorelines. Vessels that settle on the bottom can disrupt the aquatic environment, scouring or crushing sensitive habitats such as eelgrass beds and kelp meadows. In addition to the damaging environmental impacts, the cost, scale, and lack of policy to address this issue leave many of these vessels in waterways.

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THE ADV WORKGROUP
The Pacific States / British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force identified the issue of ADVs as a common threat and a critical, emerging issue in 2017. In 2018, the Task Force formed an ADV Workgroup comprised of ADV experts and program leads from each of the five Task Force jurisdictions: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington.

WHITE PAPER
The ADV Workgroup’s initial task was to document the scope and scale of the problem of ADVs across each jurisdiction. In March 2018, the ADV Workgroup published The Current State of Abandoned and Derelict Vessels on the West Coast – White Paper (White Paper) summarizing the results of this initial work.

Photo: derelict vessel 3THE ADV BLUE RIBBON PROGRAM
In 2020, the workgroup presented a blue-ribbon, model program with recommendations that may be implemented by West Coast states to address their own ADV issues. These recommendations focus on five key elements identified as important for a successful program to address ADVs: authority; prevention; public outreach and education; removal and deconstruction; and funding. Follow this link to view the final Blue-Ribbon Report.

 

For more information on our ADV related work, please contact the Chair of the ADV Workgroup, Hilary Wilkinson, Hilary@VedaEnv.com.