Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels Webinar Series

Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels.

Welcome to the NOAA Marine Debris Program’s online webinar series, Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels!

Each month’s webinar features experts on a topic related to abandoned and derelict vessels. The goal of the series is to share perspectives from across the country on common issues arising from abandoned and derelict vessels, in hopes to help communities better deal with them. The webinar speakers are specialists from federal, state, and local governments; nongovernmental organizations; universities; and industry, and will discuss topics about communications, funding, policy, and successes and challenges under blue skies and hurricane conditions.

We welcome attendance from anyone with an interest in abandoned and derelict vessels, particularly local, state, and federal agencies; tribal entities; nongovernmental organizations, and other organizations engaged in the issue.

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The Salvaging Solutions webinars occur monthly. A recording of each webinar will be posted as soon as they become available.

Jul 28 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: Oil and Hazardous Waste Issues


  • Doug Helton, Acting Regional Operations Branch Supervisor - NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration
    Doug is part of the Emergency Response Division that provides Scientific Support Coordinators to the United States Coast Guard during oil and chemical spill responses. Doug is based in Seattle, Washington, but helps manage NOAA response efforts nationally. He will talk about emergency response efforts involving abandoned and derelict vessels, and the transition from pollution response to wreck and debris removal. 
  • David Jones, Chief Marine Science Technician and Federal On-Scene Coordinator Representative - United States Coast Guard
    With over 15 years of service, Chief Jones has extensive experience executing the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety missions in critical ports in California, Hawai‘i, and Guam. He holds certifications for the enforcement of pollution prevention regulations of facilities and vessels, as well as for the operational oversight of actual pollution incidents, ensuring appropriate actions are taken to mitigate discharges of oil and releases of hazardous substances into the maritime environment. He is currently assigned to the Incident Management Division at Sector Honolulu, where he serves as a lead Federal On-Scene Coordinator Representative for a 1.4 million square nautical mile area of responsibility that includes the Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, and remote Pacific territories. Chief Jones will present a case study on a particularly challenging incident involving the use of the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to relocate a grounded vessel and mitigate the pollution threat on board.

Aug 25 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: Coordination Success Stories and Lessons Learned


  • Dorothy Diehl, Policy Program Coordinator – Oregon State Marine Board
    As a policy program coordinator for the Oregon State Marine Board, Dorothy has spent the last two years coordinating the agency’s Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Program. The Abandoned Vessel Removal Assistance Program (AVRAP) is a collaboration between the ADV program and the Clean Marina program. This pilot project is to help Clean Marinas remove ADVs from their facilities. Dorothy will provide an overview and early results of the AVRAP.
  • Paul Murakawa, Aquatic Biologist – Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR)
    Paul has worked for DAR for the past 30 years and has been involved with most of the vessel groundings on O'ahu during this time. In October 2017, a 79’ longline vessel, Commercial Fishing Vessel Pacific Paradise, grounded on a shallow reef off Waikiki (south shore of O'ahu). Paul will share his experience as part of a team represented by federal and state agencies, as well as the salvors (hired by the vessel owner) that were tasked with removing the Pacific Paradise from the reef.
  • Stephen "Steve" Werndli, Enforcement Coordinator – NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
    Steve has worked for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary since 2002. He manages the sanctuary’s authorizations program and evaluates nearshore construction and other projects to ensure they comply with applicable regulatory and environmental compliance requirements and are compatible with the sanctuary’s resource protection goals. Stephen will provide an overview on the use of Resource Advisors during vessel removal operations and their role after a disaster.

Sep 22 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: ADV Info Hub Reflections

Presenters TBD

Oct 27 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: Vessel Disposal

Presenters TBD