A total of twenty boat wrecks littering the Dutch side of the lagoon were salvaged in the past two weeks under the Simpson Bay Lagoon Cleanup project overseen by the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB).
The clean up will result in better passage for marine traffic and improve the overall look of the largest in-land lagoon in the Caribbean.
The project will eventually salvage, decommission and dispose of, in an environmentally friendly way, some 120 vessels either moored, partially or fully submerged in or around the lagoon as a result of Hurricane Irma in 2017 and from as far back at Hurricane Luis in 1995.
The project will also collect, process and dispose of collections of storm debris found along the shorelines of the lagoon and nearby Mullet Pond. Salvaging operations are now focused on the eastern area of the lagoon: in the vicinity of Budget Marine and Tropicana Princess Casino and move westward towards the Airport and beyond.
The works are expected to last up to one hundred and fifty (150) calendar days and are being carried out by KMS BV. All hazardous waste from the ships will be stored in containers on-site before being shipped off-island.
The project has been designed in consultation with the Ministries of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure (VROMI), and Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT). More on this project can be found on the project’s webpage www.nrpbsxm.org/shipwrecks. The NRPB is actively engaging with the project’s stakeholders and encourages persons who have specific questions or concerns to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.