Update: Process continues for removal of vessels displaced in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria

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Update: Process continues for removal of vessels displaced in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria

Nilda Jiminez, Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and Incident Commanders for Maria ESF-10 PR, affixes a sticker to an impacted vessel in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Oct. 28 2017. U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Rich Bassin affixes a reference sticker to a sunken boat caused by Hurricane Maria in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, Oct. 28, 2017.

Hurricane Maria ESF-10 PR Unified Command responders affix a reference sticker to sunken and displaced boats caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Oct. 28, 2017. Editor's Note: Click on images to download high resolution version.                                               

SAN JUAN – The ESF 10 Unified Command assessment teams began tagging vessels Saturday with a large red sticker as part of the second phase of vessel removal operations in Puerto Rico.


The Unified Command is requesting those owners with a sticker to call (786) 521-3900, a vessel hotline established by the ESF 10 command post in Puerto Rico, to either report their vessels removal plan, or to request support in it’s removal, or that the vessel was already removed.


Vessel owners are highly encouraged to reach out for information on removal options. There is no cost, penalty or fine associated with working with ESF 10 to remove vessels.


An outreach program under the ESF 10 mission is attempting to reach as many vessel owners as possible by local news, radio, television, social media outlets, telephone and direct contact, given the understanding that a majority of residents are still without power, Internet or cellular connectivity.


The Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard in conjunction with the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Control Board, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service stood up an Emergency Support Function 10 (ESF 10) command post in Puerto Rico, with the mission of overseeing the assessment, mitigation and removal of hazardous substances and vessels from Puerto Rico’s ports and waterways in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.


The current identified vessels are represented in the following chart and maps:


Hurricane Maria ESF-10 PR Vessel Target/Owner Data

As of November 1, 2017

  Total Targets Open/Identified Open/Stickered



Owner Contacted

Pollution Mitigated

Branch I 32  20  10   2 0 0
Branch II 0  0   0 2 0
Branch III 149 88 47   14 37 23
Branch IV 116 69 30   17 20 3
Total 297 177 87   33 59 26


Hurricane Maria ESF-10 PR Vessel Target Map

Vessel Target Map


Hurricane Maria ESF-10 PR Operational Branch Boundaries

 Hurricane Maria ESF-10 PR Operational Branch Map


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