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.
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.
As part of its earlier announced efforts to address the problem of abandoned boats across Canadian coastlines, the Government of Canada announced the most recent applicants to receive funding under the Abandoned Boats Program, implemented under the Ocean Protection Plan.
Under an agreement with the Canadian Coast Guard, wreck removal specialist Ardent Global LLC. completed the removal of the oil that was still in the storage tanks of the ‘Manolis L’ wreck. The Liberian-flagged timber carrier sank in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Notre Dame Bay in 1985.
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.
Wreck removal efforts of the Pacific Paradise continue, following the fishing vessel’s grounding off Kaimana Beach, Honolulu, according to US Coast Guard, and the unified command has contracted Resolve Marine Group, with support from several other experts, to conduct the removal of the pollution threat.
The Minister of the Greek Merchant Shipping, Panagiotis Kouroublis, has ordered the removal of the wreck of the Κ/Ζ Sea Diamond cruise ship, which sank off the Greek island of Santorini ten years ago.
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