Waves Group Announces Project Tangaroa Joint Initiative on World Oceans Day

In honour of World Oceans Day 2024, Waves Group is thrilled to announce the joint initiative: Project Tangaroa. Project Tangaroa aims to raise awareness and catalyse proactive action to mitigate pollution risks from Potentially Polluting Wrecks (PPWs), many of which date back to World Wars I and II. These submerged wrecks are hidden dangers beneath the waves and often contain oil, hazardous chemicals, and unexploded munitions, posing increasing risks to our oceans and coastal communities.

Date Posted: 13th June

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As these wartime wrecks age, they become more unstable, escalating the threat of significant pollution. Project Tangaroa is dedicated to developing a global framework for the assessment, intervention, and data sharing concerning these wrecks. By addressing and mitigating the pollution risks they pose, we aim to protect marine environments and preserve important cultural heritage.

The ocean is the heart of our planet, regulating climate, supporting diverse marine life, and providing vital resources. With over 90% of world trade conducted by sea, safeguarding our oceans for future generations is essential. Project Tangaroa reflects our dedication to this cause, leveraging our leading expertise in salvage, wreck removal, pollution response, and wreck scanning to reduce the risks posed to our oceans.

This project is a collaboration with Lloyd’s Register Foundation and The Ocean Foundation, supported by IUCN, UNESCO Ocean, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Major Projects Foundation, and Marinas Guardian. Together, we are moving beyond the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality, recognising the urgent need to protect our oceans.

Investing in sustainable solutions like Project Tangaroa ensures the health and vitality of our oceans, safeguarding the planet for future generations. We are proud to partner with Lloyd’s Register Foundation and The Ocean Foundation to raise awareness of these dangers and collaborate with the industry to take the necessary actions to protect our oceans.

To find out more about Project Tangaroa and how you can get involved visit: www.project-tangaroa.org. Join us in making a difference.

Image: High-resolution subsea 3D survey of the War Mehtar World War Wreck