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Shipwrecks and debris removed from Mullet Pond

MULLET BAY: A half-sunken houseboat, a capsized catamaran, and many other pieces of storm debris were recently removed from Mullet Pond under the Emergency Debris Management Project (EDMP) of the St. Maarten Recovery and Resiliency Trust Fund, financed by the Netherlands, managed by the World Bank, and implemented by the National Recovery Program Bureau (NRPB).

Left in the wake of the catastrophic Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, these wrecks posed severe hazards to the vulnerable Mullet Pond, which is an internationally recognized protected wetland under the Ramsar convention.

Due to Mullet Pond’s Ramsar site status, the crew removed the wrecks with extreme care and environmental sensitivity, following World Bank Environmental Safeguards with assistance from Nature Foundation St. Maarten.

As of June 10, 2021, some 58 shipwrecks have been removed from Simpson Bay Lagoon and Mullet Pond.

A total of 37 wrecks have been completely stripped and decommissioned thus far, filling some 30 40-foot containers with fiberglass, wood, and general debris and another four (4) containers with metals, such as steel, aluminum, and copper.

The containers are to be exported abroad for reuse and/or disposal, thus reducing the amount of waste ending up in the country’s overburdened landfill. 

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