Notices of Intent
   

The following vessels have custody actions pending under the Derelict Vessel Act (RCW 79.100). 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
7/20/21 Hero USCG 684718 Palix River near Bay Center, Pacific County 08/16/2021
7/9/21 Spirit WN 2311 GC Zangle Cove, Thurston County 08/09/2021
7/2/21 Unknown, 1980 30' sailboat WN 6439 JE Port of Brownsville marina, Kitsap County 07/31/2021
7/2/21 JetSter 590SJ OR 449 LD Steamboat Landing Dock Park, Clark County 7/30/2021
6/23/21 Unknown, 35' houseboat Unknown Port Townsend Bay,  Jefferson County 07/26/2021
6/23/21 Mindy Sue, 22' power vessel Unknown Port Townsend Bay,  Jefferson County 07/26/2021
6/23/21 Unknown, 24' sailboat WN 5177 JR Port Townsend Bay,  Jefferson County 07/26/2021
6/23/21 Unknown, sunk 40' vessel WN 1685 NC Port Townsend Bay,  Jefferson County 07/26/2021
6/23/21 Brandy, 1953 32' wood boat Unknown Port Townsend Bay,  Jefferson County 07/26/2021
6/23/21 Unknown, 32' sailboat WN 7833 MB Port Townsend Bay,  Jefferson County 07/26/2021
6/23/21 Unknown, sunk WN 6926 SK Port Townsend Bay,  Jefferson County 07/26/2021
6/23/21 Unknown, 16' runabout Unknown Port Townsend Bay, Jefferson County 07/26/2021
6/10/21 Unknown, sailboat WN 5914 NK Point Defiance Marina, Pierce County 07/03/2021
6/10/21 Unknown, sailboat WN 9123 JC Point Defiance Marina, Pierce County 07/03/2021
6/1/2021 Unknown, 1953 Monk cabin cruiser HIN WNZ5076AA353 Point Defiance Metro Parks boat launch, Pierce County 06/27/2021
 
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.
 
Port Townsend Bay,  Jefferson County