These data were generated through a number of steps. We started by culling several other databases for records that pertain to grounded sunk and abandoned vessels. These records made our base record set in 2001. From that point forward, we have been working to add and improve the core data set through a number of efforts. We collect information from our website, from the media, from direct interviews and through field surveys. All of these data are used to categorize and prioritize individual records. Many vessels have been assigned a removal priority from high to low depending on a number of factors including threats to public safety, the environment, navigation and aesthetics. Other vesselss, with very little information, are not prioritized until we develop better data.
The primary data sources are the US Coast Guard's Abandoned Vessel Inventory System and Marine Safety Management System, NOAA's Automated Wreck and Obstruction Information System and Florida's Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program.
NOAA Abandoned Vessel Program, 20040408, US Virgin Islands Abandoned Vessel Inventory: NOAA, National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Damage Assessment Center, Abandoned VesselProgram, Seattle, WA.
Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest 0.000001. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.000001. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal Degrees.
The horizontal datum used is North American Datum of 1927.
The ellipsoid used is Clarke 1866.
The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378206.400000.
The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/294.978698.
Ian Zelo, NOAA, National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Damage Assessment Center, Abandoned VesselProgram
The Abandoned Vessel Project's purpose is to locate and identify abandoned vessels that threaten coral ecosystems in U.S. waters, assess the threat and seek removal if warranted. This is part of a national effort to map abandoned vessels that may impact coral and associated habitats (seagrass and mangroves)
Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?
- Access_Constraints: none
- Use_Constraints: Not to be used for navigational purposes.
NOAA makes no warranty regarding these data, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA can not assume liability for and damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data, nor as a result of the failure of these data to function on a particular system.
|Data format:||Inventory contains Vessel Name, Removal Priority, Description, Location and Primary Source of this information. in format PDF|
Contact the Abandoned Vessel Program if you require additional records etc.
Knowledge of ESRI software, Arcview, is strongly recomended for accessing the shapfile inventory.