Prepare R/V Sala for Service

OAI's New Addition to Our Marine Resources
Despite this fine vessel's outstanding engines, new genset, gauges & electrical panels. The vessel was in the process of an interior renovation when we picked her up. There is much yet to be done, and still some service equipment to be added. She will, however, be in active duty by the beginning of 2021.

Plastics in the Caribbean

Resulting from massive hurricane island flooding including landfills. 
International Marine Aid Foundation & Opiate Awareness Institute are implementing a unique program to address environmental plastic contamination in the Caribbean sea and the islands thereof. Our simple solution is reducing the plastics by melting and forming (various resin grades) to simple non-structural building materials, such as wall panels, roofing panels, floor panels, and much more. All of which are easily drilled, fastened, or even cheaply plastic welded. In addition to housing repair & sidewalk pavers, this simple and inexpensive plastic-board technology can be employed to replace existing cardboard & burlap walls and panels in their homes..

Emergency Disaster Communications

Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands
OAI & International Marine Aid Foundation  IMAF (a 501c4 organization) is heading to Puerto Rico to distribute Handheld GMRS 20 & 50 mile Emergency Radios to community leaders in disaster prone areas. Linked to various base stations, this stand-alone communication system will save lives.

After hurricanes Irma & Maria, thousands were injured and in need of emergency supplies or treatment. Hundreds of relief workers arrived almost immediately after but all communication was gone. No one knew where the injured were and no one knew where the relief was. Metric tons of supplies went undistributed and over the weeks hundreds of people died from lack of triage, care & relief without knowing there was help only a few miles away.

Hemp Farming & "Hempcrete" Production

Puerto Rico & Other Island Communities
In addition to removing & recycling the plastic to building material, we are encouraging the island communities to plant and grow industrial hemp. The natural tropic environment is far more ideal than northern grown hemp. The hemp would be more robust and 2-3 crops a year can be produced.
Hemp production is the new industry of the upcoming decade, providing "hempcrete", which is stronger, lighter, cheaper and easier to make than concrete, while providing a cash-crop export of hemp fiber to the US mainland and other countries. 

The Virgin Islands are like the step-children of America at this point with so much destruction located closer to home, but that doesn't diminish their needs and they're own desperation for material and skills to rebuild. Support distribution of GMRS 30 mile emergency communication radios to Puerto Rico community leaders.