Notices of Intent
   

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

 

Pending Actions

  Date
  Posted

  Vessel Name | Notice

  Registration

  Location

  Custody
  Date
6/20/17
Unknown, ~26 foot Ericson sailboat
WN 5684 NF
Quartermaster Harbor near Judd Creek, King County
7/17/17
6/13/17
Unknown, ~102 foot steel motorboat
Unknown
401 Alexander Ave E, Tacoma, WA
7/10/17
6/12/17
Unknown | Image, a 1987 Bayliner
WN 3804 NN
Port of Anacortes
7/10/17
6/6/17
WN 8468 U
Fort Glagler State Park, Jefferson County
7/5/17
6/5/17
Cool Change, ~25 foot Chris Craft fiberglass pleasure boat
WN 7157 GB
Port of Port Townsend's Port Hadlock Dock
7/3/17
5/24/17
Unknown, ~16 foot runabout
Unknown
Port of Everett
6/26/17
 
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./