Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Removal: Understanding the Process Can Ensure Success
COAST GUARD WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF MARINE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
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Abandoned and derelict vessels can be seen in most ports and communities as one drives across rivers or while out boating and fishing on the waterways. These vessels are unsightly, threaten safe navigation, and can pose environmental hazards. Vessels are abandoned or become derelict for many reasons. Some owners simply don t take care of their boats and let them fall into disrepair. Other vessels are stolen or taken for joyrides and then set adrift or discarded. Hurricanes or tornadoes can damage vessels and even move them from anchorage. The recent economic downturn has also played a role. A 2009 New York Times article documented that a growing number of people are abandoning their boats because they cant afford the payments.
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