Full Body Burials at Sea
Full Body Ocean-Friendly Burials at Sea
Departing from Plymouth, Boston and Plum Island MA, Wildwood New Jersey and many other ports.
Call us today for a free info pack at (781) 834-0112 9-6 EST.
24 hour line (617) 966-1986.
This full day charter out of Plymouth, Massachusetts typically travel 35 miles out to sea to 600′ of water aboard a 65′ – 100′ Yacht that carries up to 149 passengers with indoor seating for 25, and a snack bar. We also have larger vessels available.
Funeral director present of your choosing.
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Full body burials at sea meet all required USCG safety regulations.
Full Body Burial at Sea Rates Include:
- Use of the deep-sea-capable Yacht. All required USCG safety gear aboard. Full size bathrooms, generator for 110V for music and or video systems, beverages including beer / wine available on board.
- Crew for accepting prepared shroud (Strapped, weighted and identified from Funeral director).
- Marine Grade Organic Canvas.
- Overnight Crewman aboard, posted on watch near casket, prior to service leaving dock if necessary.
- Morning departure is typical, travel 35+ miles to sea to 600′ of water, Captain’s service (up to 1 hour), travel back to Port.
- All licensing, insurance and permitting with the EPA.
- Fully insured by Funeral homes, Vessel insurance and operator’s liability insurance.
Natural Burial Shrouds Available.
The natural burial shroud is a traditional, dignified and more environmentally friendly way to commit a loved one’s remain to the majestic ocean. It is also an affordable means of conveyance when compared with wooden or steel caskets.
New England Burials at Sea provides customers a marine-quality burial shroud for appropriate for Full Body Burials at Sea for $1,750.00 + shroud weights. Click here for More Options available with Full Body Burial at Sea Services.
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USCG Specifications for Full Body Burials at Sea:
A full body burial at sea requires an approximate 45 – 100 mile round trip due to the 600’ depth requirement of the EPA for casketed full body remains. (We have a long continental shelf in the North East and 600’ of water starts around 25 miles to sea.) Funeral director present is required.
This is almost a full day event due to the requirement to go so far off shore to get to 600′ of water.
These modifications to the casket would be performed in your funeral home prior to boarding:
Burial at sea of human remains that are not cremated shall take place at least 3 nautical miles from land and in water at least 600 feet deep. All necessary measures shall be taken to ensure that the remains sink to the bottom rapidly and permanently. Full Body burials require specific preparation for burial at sea by your funeral director, such as a weighted body bag, sailcloth, or specially converted coffins to insure either the body or coffin descends quickly. Special preparation requirements for full body burials such as burial shrouds complete with twenty drilled 2” holes and 150 lbs of added weight to aid in the sinking of the body and shroud. There are non toxic prep fluids available be sure to inqire with your funeral director.
Full Body (non-cremated) burials do require both a funeral director and a maritime funeral provider.
The EPA regulations for full body burials at sea require that the site of internment be three (3) nautical miles from land and at a depth of 600 feet. Locations in the northeastern United States, for example, may require travel in excess of 30 miles for a suitable site.
EPA Regulations 21-5.3 Burial at Sea:
21-5.3.1 The EPA has granted a general permit to transport human remains from any location for the purpose of burial at sea and to bury such remains at sea.
21-5.3.2 Human remains shall be prepared for burial at sea and be buried per Chapter 8 reference (c). (Report Symbol OPNAV 5090-9).
21-5.3.3 For non-cremated human remains, burial at sea shall take place no closer than 3 nm from U.S. land and 12 nm from foreign land and in water of no less than 100 fathoms (600 feet) depth. All necessary measures shall be taken to ensure that the encased remains sink to the bottom rapidly. For purposes of this paragraph, “land” means that portion of the baseline from which any territorial sea is measured (as provided for in the Convention on the Territorial Sea and the Contiguous Zone) that is in closest proximity to the proposed disposal site.
21-5.3.4 Cremated remains shall be buried in or on ocean waters without regard to the depth limitations specified above, provided that such burial take place no closer than 3 nm from U.S. land and 12 nm from foreign land. 21-6
Decomposable flowers and wreaths.
Flowers and wreaths consisting of materials that are readily decomposable in the marine environment may be placed at the burial site.
Notice to EPA within 30 days
All burials conducted shall be reported within 30 days to the EPA Region in writing.
( Full regulations at: http://www.epa.gov/region4/water/oceans/burial.htm )