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State Grant to Help Remove Abandoned, Damaged Vessels

A $175,000 state grant will be used to remove and dispose of abandoned, wrecked or damaged vessels in the Newport Harbor.

The grant, awarded under the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (“SAVE”) program, is intended to clear harbors and waterways of derelict vessels and other hazards that may impede navigation or threaten water quality.

With a previous SAVE grant of $125,000, the City was able to fund the removal of 25 such vessels, said Harbormaster Kurt Borsting. The new funding will augment these efforts through September, 2021, he said.

The grant “will greatly improve our ability to keep Newport Harbor free of hazardous vessels that present a public safety or pollution concern to the community,” Borsting said. “The Harbor Department is very grateful to the state for awarding these funds.”

In addition to assisting the City with the responsible disposal of abandoned vessels, a portion of the funds will be used to give qualifying recreational boat owners a free, easy and safe option to surrender unwanted vessels. The Vessel Turn-In program was designed to encourage private owners to surrender unwanted boats that might otherwise become environmental or safety concerns on California waterways.

Individuals interested in learning more about the SAVE grant and how to apply for the Vessel Turn-In program may contact the City of Newport Beach Harbor Department at 949-270-8159.     

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