The city of Jacksonville completes the removal of seven abandoned ships

Posted: Mar 5, 2021 / 3:34 PM EST
Updated: March 5, 2021 / 3:34 PM EST

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JACKSONVILLE, NC (WNCT) – The Jacksonville city crews have removed seven abandoned and derelict ships, officials said Friday.

The work was completed on Tuesday, city officials said. All ships will be dismantled in the parking lot of the Marina Café and the rubble will be taken to the landfill. According to official information, hazardous materials such as gas and oil are properly disposed of.

Of the seven boats to be removed, two were recently pulled out of the New River and posed threats to the environment and property. They were not properly secured or could not move on their own. Five of the ships were left ashore in the Marina Café parking lot.

The aim of the city’s ADV regulation is to ensure that the owners bring their ships into line with safety and environmental standards. Several boats originally identified as abandoned or derelict on the city’s waterways have been brought into conformity by their owners. These ships include two cabin cruisers, two sailing boats and a shrimp boat.

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