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Full Body Burials at Sea

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United States A funeral director is not required for the burial of cremated remains at sea. 

However, full body burials require specific preparation to ensure the body or coffin sinks quickly. And in many states a licensed funeral director is required. 

The Environmental Protection Agency regulations for full body burials at sea in the United States require that the site of interment be 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) from land and at a depth of at least 600 feet (180 m). 

California prohibits whole body burial within its state-asserted three-mile limit. 

Off the eastern coast of the United States, the closest sufficient depths are off Long Island (75 miles/121 km), Ocracoke (20 miles/32 km), and Miami (5 miles/8.0 km). 

This may require travel more than 30 miles (48 km) for a suitable site. 

Departing from the New England Area only requires a voyage of appx 45 miles to sea to reach the required 600' ocean depth. 

Sufficient depth is within 10 miles or less at many harbors along the U.S. west coast, including San Diego, Santa Barbara, Monterey, Fort Bragg, Eureka, and Crescent City, all in California.

 The United States Navy inters intact remains from Norfolk and San Diego only.

 The United States Navy requires a metal casket for intact remains, but full body burial in a suitably weighted shroud is also seen as legal.

 The United States is like many countries which permit the spreading of cremation ashes within their Exclusive Economic zone - when spreading ashes from a ship which is registered in a different country, the regulations and reporting procedures for the ships flag state need to be complied with once the vessel is in international waters, that is, outside 12 nautical miles.

 Ships follow the London convention principles, as opposed to MARPOL regulations, as the ash is intentionally taken on board for discharge at sea, as opposed to ash generated on passage from the ship's incinerators. 

It should be further considered that on 1 January 2013, MARPOL Annex V came into force, which prevents discharge of a ship's incinerator ash.

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Argos Funeral Services now offers an eco-friendly and affordable way to bury your loved one. 

A burial at sea, is not only an option for former sailors or Naval personnel, but an option available to everybody. 

Our natural burial Full Body Burial at Sea is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources.

 Our Full Body Burial at Sea necessitates the use of non-toxic and biodegradable materials. 

Traditional Burials are becoming very expensive, and use a large footprint of our environment to bury a loved one. 

Metal caskets, concrete vaults, and embalmed bodies is not conducive to the earth’s environment.

 There are alternative methods to bury your loved one without the expense and potential damage to the environment.

 The environmental impact of death is a growing concern for funeral consumers, and rightly so.

 Traditional burial in the U.S. has come to encompass a wide variety of obstructive, unnecessary, invasive, and expensive services and products, such as embalming, tombstones, lacquered caskets, and heavily manicured gravesites. 

Society is approaching a paradigm shift in dealing with human body disposal A burial is considered natural when the body receives no embalming treatment and is buried in a biodegradable container. 

The Pacific Sea Shroud ™ is for those on the Pacific West Coast who have a deep connection to the Pacific ocean and who desire a full body sea shroud burial. 

This is truly the best most effective and economical way to prepare a body to be buried into deep sea water without harm to Marine life. 

  • The Pacific Sea Shroud ™ is 100% BIODEGRADABLE in the ocean . 
  • 100% BIODEGRADABLE- Made of 100% Cotton - canvas, absorbent lining and web handles.
  •  One size fits most adults. Comes with jute sandbags.
  •  No metal grommets, No zippers - NOTHING that could endanger our precious Marine ecology and all its magnificent creatures.
  •  All vessels used by Argos Funeral Services at Sea are USCG certified for safety.

 Contact us to Schedule a Full Body Burial at Sea Service.

 ***We will be happy to quote prices based on your type of service and location.*** 

  • You can also Pre-Fund your Full Body Burials at Sea with us.

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 Argos Funeral Services is California’s Premiere provider of Full Body Burials at Sea. 

  • We Service the Entire Pacific Coast of California. 
  • We are Eco- Friendly to the Earth's environment. Ocean Burial is an alternative to other methods of traditional burials.
  •  Argos Funeral Services is very cost effective, and competitively priced. 
  • 100% BIODEGRADABLE ocean Shroud- Made of 100% Cotton – canvas The Pacific Sea Shroud ™ Kinkaraco Pacific Sea Shroud Lake Pebbles are used for Ballast weight. 
  • 160 lbs Minimum. 
  • We Service Veterans from the following: Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, US Coast Guard. Military Honor Guard and US Flag provided at time of service for those qualified with Honorable Discharge and DD214.
  •  US State & Local Government. EPA Filing. 
  • We Service the Entire General Public throughout The World who wish to be buried in the sea off the Pacific Coast of California, USA. 
  • Only one (1) USCG certified Vessel is required. 
  • Passenger capacity from 6 to 700. 
  • Unattended Full Body Burials at Sea is offered. 
  • Argos Funeral Services is an All in One Maritime and Funeral Home Planner. Argos Funeral Services will coordinate with your Local Coastal Funeral Home to carry out the scheduled Burial at Sea. 
  • Vessel Charter Coordinator on Staff to help choose the right Vessel and Coastal Port.
  •  4-5 Hours for Full Body Burial at Sea Service.
  •  Departure from port is early AM. 
  • A Full Body Burial at Sea Certificate with Burial Coordiantes will be given to the Family. 
  • 5 years of Trusted Experience. 
  • Understanding of EPA and USCG rules, laws and regulations, as they relate to Burials at sea. 
  • Flexible Pricing based on Coastal Location of services. 

Military & Civilians Full Body Burials At Sea Family Attending Starting at $4035 

A Service of this type includes our Basic Service Fee, Transportation from place of death, Handling of Deceased, Shrouding of Deceased, into Sea Burial Shroud*The Pacific Sea Shroud ™ Kinkaraco Pacific Sea Shroud (included), 160 lbs. Pebble Stone Weights*, (2) Two Funeral Staff Members, Service Vehicle to Vessel in a Harbor Port, (California Coast), additional mileage, may apply, Additional Port fees may apply, Full Body Burial at Sea Certificate, Administration Fee: Vessel Charter Coordinator, Coordination with Vessel Crew, EPA, US Coast Guard, Military Honor Guard, Flag, Vessel Insurance, and any other processing charges and administration of services not listed.

  • Typical travel 6-8 miles out/ 4 – 5 hours’ round trip, a Fully Insured Vessel/Captain/Crew (prices vary for capacity and location). 

* Sales tax, Fully Insured Vessel/Captain/Crew Disposition Burial Permit, Death Certificate not included.

  •  Military Honors will be provided if possible. 
  • A US flag will be provided.
  •  A valid DD 214 Honorable Discharge document must be presented to us for compliance with military regulation’s. 

Going on a vessel is a weather dependent activity and weather is unpredictable, which means that it may be a risky activity. 

However, all our Captains are US Coast Guard licensed and vessels meet or exceed US Coast Guard requirements.

  •  A deposit of 35% is required prior to scheduled service.

 We reserve the right to cancel charters due to, mechanical problems on the vessel or adverse weather conditions.

 A full refund will be returned.

 Contact one of our staff to discuss the process, cancellation policy, planning, overall costs, terms and conditions.

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