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Abandoned and Derelict Vessels Featured in Clean Pacific Virtual Panel Discussion

JUNE 22, 2020 — On June 12, 2020, Doug Helton participated in a “virtual” conference panel for 2020 Clean Pacific Conference on the challenges posed by abandoned and derelict vessels. 

Cut-away illustration of abandoned vessel underwater.
Abandoned and derelict vessels may pose a variety of sources of pollution. Image credit: NOAA/Thomas Crestodina.

The Pacific States British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force had planned to have a panel discussion on challenges associated with Abandoned Vessels at the Clean Pacific Conference scheduled for June, 2020, in Seattle, but the conference was canceled. The Taskforce has focused on the ADV issue for the past couple of years and recently came out with some recommendations in their January 14, 2020 report.  The Clean Pacific conference organizers decided to hold a few sessions virtually and selected the abandoned vessel issue as one of four panels to promote. Doug Helton was one of the panelists, along with Greg Buie, U.S. Coast Guard National Pollution Funds Center; Devon Grennan, Global Diving and Salvage; and Troy Wood, Derelict Vessel Removal Program Manager, Washington Department of Natural Resources. The discussion focused on the recommendations for the federal and state agencies. Doug highlighted NOAA's response and removal efforts with respect to abandoned vessels. Hilary Wilkinson from the Taskforce gave an overview of the issues and moderated the discussion, using some of NOAA's outreach products such as the illustration on this page. 

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Last updated Monday, June 29, 2020 8:43am PDT