Photos: Abandoned Boats Removed This Year

May 31, 2018

The Department of Environment & Natural Resources [DENR] today [May 31] confirmed that a total of 25 ‘Abandoned and Derelict Vessels’ [ADVs] have been recovered from our shorelines and disposed of at the Airport Waste Management Facility in recent months.

A spokesperson said, “This represents approximately one third of the total ADVs that are currently located around Bermuda’s coastline. Their removal has enhanced the beauty of our shores in addition to addressing some of the threats to the health of our marine environment.

“The areas that have been cleared of ADVs include: Ferry Reach, Mullet Bay and Coney Island. Additionally, a proportion of ADVs at Mills Creek have been cleared. All batteries, waste oil and fuels were recovered from the salvaged vessels prior to their disposal. ADVs will be removed from other areas around the Island as funding permits.

“A Government Working Group is currently looking to amend the legislation to ensure that the full costs of salvaging sunken vessels in the future is borne by the boat owners and not by Government. The ADV Working Group comprises of representatives from DENR, Marine & Ports Services and the waste section of the Ministry of Public Works.

“DENR and the Working Group are committed to pursuing the short-term salvage of existing ADVs and, more importantly, the necessary amendments to the legislation to ensure that the removal and disposal of sunken vessels are addressed shortly after they become wrecked and without using funding from Government.”

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  1. wahoo says:

    What a shame…Boats like cars should have mandatory insurance required that insurance should cover prompt removal to avoid batteries and fuel polluting our biggest resource. While at it we should have mandatory boat operators licenses also, it is crazy to watch sometimes.

  2. puzzled says:

    And the owners are good to go?
    Some of those hulls look like the Sea Venture.

  3. Paul Revere says:

    I don’t understand how the owners of boats can get away with this for so long.Boats just like vehicles are registered at one point or another.
    So why not go after the last registered owner to repay for removal fees.
    It should be up to the listed owner to prove or disprove that they are no longer the rightful owner within a set period of time, if not they are responsible for all associatied costs for removal.

  4. Maddog says:

    So, I can’t afford a boat, you can, you enjoy your time on the water (while I don’t) and then decide to leave it, and I, the taxpayer have to pay for the removal?? Go to the last Permit Holder and they need to pay for the removal. I am so sick of people taking advantage.

  5. BermyFoxy says:

    I wonder if they recovered the old submarine Enterprise that sank near Coney Island. The pollution from the batteries onboard that get be good for the surrounding area.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Huh ? I thought the Enterprise was exported to one of the islands to our south . Cayman or somewhere similar.