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.

This page will be updated with the upcoming webinars. Mark your calendars for the fourth Wednesday of the month, at 3 pm EDT/2pm CDT/12 pm PDT/9 am HST, and join the webinars on Adobe Connect at

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

Jun 23 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: Taking an Inventory of the Issue

This month's Salvaging Solutions webinar will focus on efforts to inventory and track ADVs.

  • Liz Hartje, Project Manager – South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (DHEC OCRM)
    Liz has overseen the Marine Debris Program in the Coastal Services section at DHEC OCRM and managed the MyCoast South Carolina application since early 2015. MyCoast is a web and mobile-based application that allows users to report high-tide flooding, storm damage, and marine debris along the South Carolina coast. The Abandoned Boat reporting tool is being used to engage the public, document the presence of ADV along the coast, and promote coordination. Liz will share how DHEC OCRM uses information from the tool, its limitations, and plans for enhancing the tool over the next five years.

  • Mark White, GIS Manager/Senior Analyst – Research Planning, Inc. (RPI)
    Mark is a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and serves as the GIS Department Manager and Senior GIS Analyst with nearly 30 years of experience with RPI. Mark has provided on-scene and remote support to NOAA’s Scientific Support Coordinators and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) since 1992, in addition to hurricane response since 2017. He and his team of highly trained GIS analysts and programmers have developed processes and tools to identify and track ADVs resulting from significant storm events. Mark will provide an overview of RPI’s efforts to support NOAA and the USCG.

  • Robb Wright, GIS Data Manager – NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R)
    Robb has been with NOAA for 17 years, where he has focused on making data available to the public through web-mapping and data portals. Robb has been with OR&R's Assessment and Restoration Division for the past eight years, where he assists with mapping oil spills, hurricane planning efforts, and other response-related work. Data from these activities often come from a variety of sources, so Robb works to make them more accessible to responders and the public by pulling them together into one common operational picture using the Environmental Response Management Application.

Jul 28 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: Oil and Hazmat Issues

Presenters TBD

Aug 25 2021 - 3:00pm EDT

Salvaging Solutions: Coordination Success Stories and Lessons Learned

Presenters TBD

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