Derelict Vessel Notices of Intent to Obtain Custody
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Derelict Vessel Notices of Intent to Obtain Custody 
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Derelict Vessel Removal Program
Notices of Intent to Obtain Custody

The following vessels have custody actions pending under the derelict vessel act (RCW 70.10.040). If the owner takes no action, the vessel will be seized by the authorized public entity listed in the notice.  Once custody is obtained, the agency may use or dispose of the vessel in any appropriate and environmentally sound manner without further notice to any owners.

The owner of any vessel listed below may prevent the custody action by following the directions outlined in the notice.

Pending Actions 


 Vessel Name | Notice



Custody date

10/31/2014an unnamed ~38 foot Higgins Cabin CruiserWN 7880 NTNear Marrowstone Point, Fort Flagler State Park, Jefferson County12/1/2014
10/31/2014an unnamed ~ 28 foot sailboatWN 2931 NWAnacortes, Skagit County11/24/2014
10/27/2014"Enforcer"WN 441 PGKPort of Port Angeles11/10/2014
10/27/2014an unnamed vesselWN 2748 LKPort of Port Angeles11/10/2014
10/20/2014an unnamed 32 foot sailboat | PhotoWN 6627 NDCornet Bay, Island County11/17/2014
10/07/2014an unnamed 26 foot black hulled sailboat | PhotoWN 4461 JCPort Ludlow11/03/2014
10/01/2014an unnamed vesselWN 3735VMoorage System in Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island10/29/2014
9/22/2014a sailing vessel | PhotoHIN RFB008950476Adrift in Hood Canal, towed to dock, Mason County10/20/2014
9/18/2014"Avalon" | PhotoWN 4505 SBPleasant Harbor, Jefferson County10/24/2014
9/18/2014"Chilkat Hunter"

WN H000490I494 or


Duwamish River at Tukwila10/20/2014
9/10/2014a 14-ft Glastron vessel
WN 7353 GC
Removed from Vaughn Bay, Pierce County10/14/2014
9/10/2014a 1958 42-ft Edison wooden inboard diesel cabin cruiser
WN 1065 LA
Dockton, Quartermaster, King County10/6/2014
9/10/2014a~15-ft Glastron runabout with a 2003 Decal # D-061078 | PhotoUnknownLeland Lake, Jefferson County10/3/2014
09/08/2014~37-ft wood Navy retriever
WN 8138 RM
Penrose State Park, Pierce County10/6/2014
7/10/2014Unknown 1967 40-ft Chris-Craft
WN 277 R
Removed from Rivera Pl NE, now at 3840 Marginal Way S, Seattle7/25/2014
8/19/13Steel-hulled vessel, name unknown | PhotoUnknown

In the Vancouver Lake flushing channel, Clark County


Owner liability. If the owner does not take action to remove a vessel declared derelict or abandoned, he or she may be liable for costs such as:

  • Administrative costs incurred in the custody action.
  • Removal and disposal costs.
  • Costs associated with environmental damages directly or indirectly caused by the vessel.

The owner may also be subject to a criminal misdemeanor charge for causing a vessel to become abandoned or derelict.

Appeals. A vessel owner may contest an agency’s decision to take temporary possession or custody of a vessel, or to contest the amount of reimbursement owed to an agency through an appeals process, which is spelled out in the notice of intent to obtain custody.  The type of appeal and the appeal period depends on which authorized public entity takes the action.

In general, if the contested decision or action was undertaken by a state agency or a local agency that does not have an internal appeals process,  a written appeal must be filed with the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB). The appeal must be received no later than 30 days after the custody date.  See the vessel’s custody notice for details.
> PCHB frequently asked questions

Owners may file appeals directly to entities that have their own internal rules or procedures for contesting decisions or actions pertaining to derelict or abandoned vessels. Examples of these entities may include metropolitan park districts, port districts, cities, towns, or counties. 

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Melissa Ferris
Derelict Vessel Removal Program
1111 Washington Street SE MS 47027 Olympia, WA 98504-7027


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