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.
Military & Civilians Full Body Burials At Sea Family Attending Starting at $3565
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.
* Sales tax, Fully Insured Vessel/Captain/Crew, Disposition Burial Permit, Death Certificate not included.
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.
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.
Full Body Burials at Sea Shrouds