Derelict Vessel Removal Program
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Derelict Vessel Removal Program 
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Derelict Vessel Removal Program

Derelict or abandoned vessels put public safety and the health of our marine and fresh waters at risk. DNR's Derelict Vessel Removal Program is the state's key mechanism to address the problem of derelict or abandoned vessels in Washington's waters.

DNR administers the Derelict Vessel Removal Account, which provides funding and expertise to help public agencies remove and dispose of vessels across the state.


See DNR's new Vessel Turn In Program.

Who Participates in the Derelict Vessel Removal Program?
The following authorizing public entities may request funding from the program to address derelict or abandoned vessels within their jurisdictions:

  • DNR
  • Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Metropolitan park districts
  • Port districts
  • Cities, towns, or counties with ownership, management, or jurisdiction over the aquatic lands where the vessel is located.

For details about the program, including emergency contact information, definitions, roles and responsibilities, how to report possible derelict vessels, reimbursement procedures, emergency and standard removal procedures, forms, and more download the guidelines and appendices:

DVRP funding provides:

  • Reimbursement of up to 90% of the cost of removal and
    disposal.
  • Remaining 10% of the cost can be in the form of “in-kind” services.
  • Authorized public entities not able to undertake the removal of a
    derelict vessel may ask DNR to assume the lead.
  • Priority for the use of funds is for vessels in danger of breaking up, sinking, or blocking a navigational channel, or vessels that present a risk to human health, safety or the environment.

 

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How is the Program Funded?
DVRP funding comes from an additional $3 fee placed on annual vessel registration fees and an additional $5 fee added to the cost of obtaining a non-resident vessel permit fee. The DVRP also accepts donations. To donate to this program, contact the DVRP program manager at 360-902-1574.

Other options for addressing abandoned vessels, including vessels on land, in marinas, and vessels adrift are described in the state's rules regarding abandoned vessels.  

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Information for contractors: Bidding on Derelict Vessel Removal
Periodically, DNR requests proposals for the removal and/or disposal of vessels determined by law to be derelict and/or abandoned. To learn more more about how to bid on removal projects, visit our Contractor Information web page.

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Federal Civil Rights
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, DNR does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. However, should a person wish to file a discrimination complaint, write to:

USDA, Director
Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington D.C. 20250-9410
or call 202.720.5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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 Contacts

Melissa Ferris
Derelict Vessel Removal Program
1111 Washington Street SE MS 47027 Olympia, WA 98504-7027
360-902-1574
dvrp@dnr.wa.gov

Tammy Robbins
DVRP Vessel Turn-in Program
1111 Washington Street SE MS 47027 Olympia, WA 98504-7027
360-902-BOAT (2628)
dvrp@dnr.wa.gov

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WA state statutes related to Derelict Vessels