Save The Philippine Coral Reefs

August 3, 2012

As thousands of children build sand castles on Eastern Shore beaches this summer, thousands of other youngsters are gathering, unseen, on a unique kind of underwater castle.

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160-ton vessel is finally removed from Assateague

October 7, 2009

A two-month effort to free a large vessel that ran aground on Assateague Island in August ended happily Thursday.

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No one is buying decommissioned U.S. ships due to poor economy

October 2, 2009

Decommissioned merchant ships being stored at the Reserve Fleet in Newport News, Virginia have no buyers.

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Two of Va.'s 'Ghost Fleet' ships to be recycled

August 24, 2009

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Virginia's "Ghost Fleet" is losing two more ships. The U.S. Maritime Administration said Monday it has awarded contracts to recycle the rescue ship Escape and the destroyer tender Cape Cod.

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Officials push for quicker removal of 'ghost fleet' ships

July 01, 2009

Suffolk, Newport News and James City County are appealing to Congress and the U.S. government to speed up the removal of environmentally risky ships in the James River Reserve Fleet, also known as the "ghost fleet."

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Ghost fleet trimmed by one

June 08, 2009

The government has sold another ship in its James River Reserve Fleet.The Suribachi, a ship built in 1956, was sold for scrap metal recycling to a company in Texas for $20,001. The ship is tentatively to leave the fleet on July 2. It will be the 79th ship to leave the ghost fleet since 2001.State and local officials have been pushing the U.S. Maritime Administration to reduce the fleet of obsolete ships, which contain waste oil, lead, asbestos and other toxic materials, because of fears about environmental hazards. Several localities have passed resolutions asking Congress to fund the fleet's removal.

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Asian oysters not part of plan to revive stocks in Bay

April 7, 2009

Virginia, Maryland and the Army Corps of Engineers announced a new strategy Monday for restoring oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, a 10-year plan costing $500 million that excludes any use of exotic Asian oysters.

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James River Ship Sold For Recycling

January 16, 2009

The U.S. Department of Transportation?s Maritime Administration has sold a ship for recycling to Bay Bridge Enterprises of Chesapeake, Va. The Milwaukee, an AOR2-class oiler built in 1969 at the General Dynamics shipyard in Quincy, Mass, brought a purchase price of $56,410.

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Ghost Fleet ship meant for Florida reef to be sold

October 31, 2008
by Tim McGlone
The Virginia-Pilot

A federal judge has ordered the sale of a former James River Reserve Fleet ship after a contractor failed to pay for the clean up of the vessel. The city could lose ownership because of more than $1.6 million in unpaid bills owed to Colonna's Shipyard in Norfolk, which cleaned the ship and made it ready for scuttling. Other subcontractors say they haven't been paid hundreds of thousands more.

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Old Wilson Bridge Finds New Life As Artificial Reef for Baby Oysters

By Christy Goodman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 18, 2008; Page B05

Oysters Delivered to New Chesapeake Reefs

Marine biologists and divers hand-delivered 500,000 baby oysters to the first of five new artificial reefs created from the rubble of the old Woodrow Wilson Bridge this week, part of a broader effort to restore the badly depleted oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay.

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