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

5/22/2015"WindWalker" | ImageWN 2655 NANE Side of Sinclair Inlet along WA 36/22/2015
5/18/2015Unknown, ~100 foot tug with black hull; #702 affixed to bowno registrationSteamboat Slough, Snohomish County6/15/2015
5/18/2015Unknown, ~15 foot white row boatno registrationF-Street boat launch, Cosmopolis, Grays Harbor County5/14/2015
5/15/2015Unknown, 1050 ~41' Chris Craft cabin cruiserWN 1623JSPort of Seattle6/11/2015
5/5/2015Unknown, ~26 foot tri-maranWN 7348 TNear Glen Cove, Kitsap County6/5/2015
4/30/2015Unknown, an aluminum vesselno registrationNW End of Squalicum Creek Lagoon of Bellingham Bay, Whatcom County5/22/2015
4/30/2015Windrush, blue sailboatno registrationN of Boulevard Park and S of Bellingham Marina, Whatcom County5/22/2015
4/30/2015Fjaera, ~42 foot 1967 Garden Wooden sailboat

WN 4276 RB

USCG #509106

Near the mouth of the Nooksack at N end of Bellingham Bay, Whatcom County5/22/2015
4/28/2015Unknown - a 25 foot fiberglass hull sailboatWN 4631 TLighthouse Park Beach, City of Mukilteo, Snohomish County4/28/2015
3/10/2015Unknown - ~20-foot sailboatWN 3311 JRDockton Park, Vashon Island, King County4/4/2015
2/5/2015"Pearly Shell"WN 9970 RMDyes Inlet, Kitsap County3/6/2015
2/2/2015"Tyger Tyger"WN 1879 NPort of Port Townsend3/2/2015
12/31/2014an unnamed vesselWN 8785 JCYachtfish Marine11/28/2014
12/18/2014"Queen" | PhotoUSCG 1057480Keyport/Lemolo Area, Kitsap County1/12/2015

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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Derelict Vessel Removal Program
Statutes applying to derelict vessels