Peeking Inside the Anatomy of a Derelict Vessel

By Doug Helton The waterways and coastlines of the U.S. are a national resource, providing critical habitat, supporting jobs and providing views and recreation, but they are also a dumping ground for sunken, abandoned, and derelict vessels. Abandoned and derelict vessels (ADVs) are a problem in most ports and waterways. Some are dilapidated but still afloat, and others are left stranded on shorelines or hidden just below the surface of the water. Most derelict and abandoned vessels are the result of chronic processes — rot and rust and deterioration from…

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