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Partners launch project to protect oceans from oil spill

Partners launched a remediation program in protection of island ecosystems from damage caused by oil pollution from World War II wrecks sunk in the Pacific Ocean in Newcastle Harbour. The ones participating in the project are Major Projects Foundation, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the University of Newcastle. 

Port of Vancouver completes clean up of municipal waterways and shipping channels

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced the completion of its Fraser River Improvement Initiative. This is a two million dollar, five-year program that started in 2013 to clean up municipal waterways and shipping channels from derelict boats and structures along the Fraser River. Work on over 150 identified sites took place, with the port contacting owners and, where possible, working with them to ensure safe removal of structures or boats.

Bill C-64 in protection of Canada’s marine environment launched

The Government of Canada via its ‘Ocean Protection Plan’ is acting to prevent its eco-marine environment from being affected as wrecked, abandoned, and hazardous vessels, including small boats, pose environmental, economic, and safety hazards, and are a concern for coastal and inland water communities across Canada via yesterday’s passage of Bill C-64: the Wrecked, Abandoned or Hazardous Vessels Act.

Canada set to assess risks related to ship wrecks

Canada has awarded a contract to Dartmouth-based London Offshore Consultants, for the development of a risk assessment methodology related to hundreds of vessels of concern (abandoned, wrecked or dilapidated vessels) in Canadian waters or on Crown land.

USCG to assess environmental impact of WWII shipwreck off NY

USCG has contracted salvage company Resolve Marine to conduct an underwater assessment of the tanker ‘Coimbra’, located 30 miles southeast of Shinnecock, N.Y.. The ship sunk during World War II by a German U-boat. The operation will assess the condition of the tanker and potential to have an environmental impact. 

Shipwreck of ‘AGIA ZONI II’ successfully refloated

AGIA ZONI II has been now safely removed and transferred temporarily to nearby yard facilities, to carry out the necessary inspections. For the wreck removal operation, one floating ringer crane 1300 tons lifting capacity and another of 260 tons were used as well as salvage tugs, antipollution vessels and a specialized diving team.

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