Shipwreck Recovery and Salvaging
After Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit Sint Maarten, there was damage to the marine sector and the environment. The Simpson Bay Lagoon is still filled with debris from numerous wrecks. This project activity plans to lift all the remaining wrecks and dispose of all the salvaged materials in an environmentally friendly way.
Additionally, this activity will clean up the shore-line debris in the Lagoon and Mullet Pond. Mullet Pond is designated as a RAMSAR* site, and both of the areas have fragile ecosystems that the debris could harm. As a RAMSAR* site, the area is designated of international importance. As of 2019, there were just 2,341 sites listed worldwide.
This project will salvage, decommission, and dispose of close to 80 damaged and sunken vessels either in or around the Simpson Bay Lagoon. The project will also collect, process, and dispose of storm debris found near the shoreline of the Lagoon and Mullet Pond.
*A Ramsar Site is a wetland site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. The Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
Activity at a glance
|Part of project||EDMP|
|Available budget||US $14,000,000
|Supervisor||EOS Maritime Joint Venture|
|Start date||March 15, 2021|