Shipwreck Recovery and Salvaging

After Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria hit Sint Maarten, there was damage to the marine sector and the environment. The Simpson Bay Lagoon was filled with debris from numerous wrecks. This activity will lift all the remaining wrecks and dispose 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 approximately 120 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 $15,500,000
Supervisor EOS Maritime Joint Venture
Start date March 15, 2021
Duration 9 months