Guam does not have dedicated funding or a formal program in place to address abandoned or derelict vessels. Guam does have laws that address abandoned vessels, and at one time, established a fund to deal with with them, however, the legislation that established the fund has since been repealed.
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The territory of Guam does not have a dedicated funding source for removing and disposing of abandoned or derelict vessels. Guam's public nuisance and littering laws stipulate that the responsible party is liable for the costs associated with the removal of the litter. Guam also has a Litter Control Revolving Fund and has a Park Improvement Fund, which might be accessible under certain circumstances.
There are a collection of administrative rules administered through the Department of Parks and Recreation (Title 23) and Commercial Port of Guam (Title 10) that do address abandoned and unsafe or wrecked vessels. Several other statutes under Title 10 of Guam’s Annotated Code may also be applicable to abandoned and derelict vessels, including littering laws administered through the Department of Public Works, under Chapter 51, and public nuisance laws administered by the Department of Public Health and Social Services through Chapter 20.
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Guam does not have a lead agency that is in charge of abandoned and derelict vessels within the territory. The Department of Parks and Recreation administers the laws that apply to Guam’s park lands and marinas, and the Department of Public Health and Social Services is responsible for administering the laws relating to public nuisances and littering.