Local and federal agencies are working to remove abandoned vessels from Guam waters

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Navy Task Force 73 is currently working on the removal of the 11th and largest vessel to move out of the Harbor Refuge site in Piti. It is a collaborative effort between the government of Guam and the US Navy rescue dive team.

“Much of the work at this time is preparatory work to remove the vessel from the water, and in addition to that, any other marine debris associated with other ADVs will also be removed,” the carrier said. speaking from Guam EPA, Nic Lee. .

In 2003, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that approximately 31 vessels had been identified in Guam waters. These pose several threats to marine and coastal habitats, as well as hazards to shipping. Through a bill signed in 2020 by Governor Lou Leon Guerrero establishing the Guam Abandoned Derelict Vessel Removal, a partnership has been established between the government of Guam and the U.S. military, allowing the recovery dive team of the marine to access real world training while cleaning Guam’s waters at no cost to us.

“It’s been a long process for us, and it’s also been a long-time project for our admin to sort out these issues, and we appreciate that the admin was instrumental in forming the task force to do this. work,” Lee said. .

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