October 18, 2013
State DNR to remove derelict vessel Golden West from Hylebos Waterway Oct. 19
Helena Star to be removed in the coming weeks
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that its contractor Stabbert Yacht & Ship will remove the 130-foot abandoned vessel Golden West from the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma on Saturday, October 19. The contractors will tow the former fishing vessel to their shipyard just inside the Ballard Locks in Seattle for dismantling, recycling and disposal.
The removal of the Golden West clears the way for the removal of the 167-foot Helena Star, which sank January 25 in the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma. The Helena Star will be scheduled for removal in the coming weeks. The Golden West was tied to the Helena Star when the Helena Star sank and was lying at an extreme angle until the boat was righted and secured to the shore. The Golden West must be moved out of the way to give crews safer access to the Helena Star.
DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program officially obtained custody of the Golden West and the Helena Star August 16 after the 2013 state Legislature appropriated additional funds for their removal. Both vessels had been on DNR’s vessel watch list for several years, but the program lacked funding to remove them.
The U.S. Coast Guard, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), and DNR will be meeting next week to develop a unified plan for raising, moving, and dismantling the Helena Star.
NOTE TO MEDIA: When DNR, Ecology, and the Coast Guard have a firm plan and date for raising and removing the Helena Star, the three agencies will issue a news release and an advisory on any opportunities to capture footage and observe the process.
DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program
DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program provides funding and expertise to public agencies to assist with the removal of abandoned and derelict vessels from state-owned aquatic lands, which DNR manages. At any given time, there can be several hundred derelict vessels on the rivers, lakes, and estuaries of Washington. Primary funding for the program comes from a $3 surcharge placed on annual vessel registration fees and an additional $5 charge added to non-resident vessel fees. Funding to remove the Golden West comes from a one-time legislative appropriation.
More information about the Golden West and the Helena Star is available at: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/incidents/FV.HelenaStar.GoldenWest/FV.HelenaStar&GoldenWest.html
For more information about DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program, visit: http://bit.ly/dnr_dvrp
A photo of the two vessels is available for download and use at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wastatednr/10351810434/ (Please credit Washington State Department of Natural Resources)
Media Contact: Toni Droscher, DNR Aquatic Resources Program communications manager, 360-902-1523, firstname.lastname@example.org
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