Abandoned and Derelict Vessels

Phone APP to Locate & Track Abandoned & Derelict Vessels

Help locate and track abandoned and derelict vessels using an app on your cell phone.  Click here to access the website:  http://www.marinedebris.engr.uga.edu/  For ease of use, the newest Marine Debris Tracker app includes multiple pre-loaded lists of commonly found marine debris items. The default list is the NOAA Shoreline Assessment list of debris items. However, we are now able to host other pertinent lists (shown below). Everything on these lists fit into the categories of marine debris as shown on this website and in the app. For items you find that are not on the list you are using, there is an option to log an item as “Other” and describe it. There is also a “Test Item” on every list so you can test out the app without contributing false data. Abandoned and Derelict Vessels (NOAA) is available on the list.

NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program has created the ADV InfoHub, which details how to address ADVs and provides avenues for removal in each coastal state. The ADV InfoHub also contains case studies and law reviews available for all Gulf States. In addition, the MDP has been involved in the creation of incident waterway response guides in both Florida and Alabama. These guides are meant to improve preparedness for response to and recovery from severe marine debris events by outlining existing responsibilities and procedures in one document for easy reference.

Getting Rid of an Unwanted or Derelict Boat

The following links are a result of an internet search conducted on 2/17/15. This is not an extensive list. We offer no endorsement of the businesses or organizations listed below. Use them at you own risk.

Article—How to Get Rid of an Old Boat: http://blog.boattrader.com/2011/08/how-to-get-rid-of-an-old-boat.html

Cutting up the wooden or fiberglass boat: Contact the nearest boat yard.

Disposal in a landfill:

To find the solid waste land fill nearest you, go to this website and select your county from the pull down list: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/sw/facilitylist

Scrap metal buyers (for steel hull boats):

Donate your boat:

 Here are some other articles, resources and presentations regarding abandoned vessels:

 2017 Federal report on abandoned and derelict vessels
On March 28, 2017, the US Government Accountability Office issued its final report on abandoned and derelict vessels, entitled Maritime Environment: Federal and State Actions, Expenditures, and Challenges to Addressing Abandoned and Derelict Vessels (GAO-17-202).  Here is the link to the report:  http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-202


For more information contact:

Executive Director
252-638-3185 x3005

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