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
4/17/19
Mione, a 1960 Ives powerboat
WN 4477 JH
Sinclair Inlet, Port Orchard, Kitsap Co
5/16/19
4/15/19
Bell Boy | image, ~21 fiberglass cabin cruiser
WN 6535 JE
Port of Bellingham Linear Moorage, Whatcom Co
5/12/19
4/15/19
Unknown, ~28 foot cabin cruiser
WN 8676 RS
Swantown Boatworks, Olympia, Thurston Co
5/13/19
4/15/19
Encore, ~52 foot cabin cruiser
USCG #515256
Sinclair Inlet, Port Orchard, Kitsap Co
5/16/19
4/15/19
Top Notch, ~75 foot sunk cabin cruiser
USCG #975018
Sinclair Inlet, Port Orchard, Kitsap Co
5/16/19
4/15/19
Unknown, ~27 foot fiberglass Lancer sailboat
WN 2499 ME
Sinclair Inlet, Port Orchard, Kitsap Co
5/16/2019
4/15/19
Sunscape, a 1976 ~27 foot sailboat
WN 1714 NF
Sinclair Inlet, Port Orchard, Kitsap Co
5/16/19
4/11/19
WN 9197 MF
Miller Bay, Skagit County
5/6/19
3/25/19
USCG #1180389
Kopachuck State Park Buoy, Pierce Co
4/22/19
3/25/19
Unknown, ~38 foot Chris Craft
 
WN 9554 RJ
Dewatto Bay, Mason Co
4/22/19
3/20/19
Contraire, a ~32 foot JC Rodgers fiberglass sailboat
WN 2860 NE
Port of Port Townsend Marina, Jefferson Co
4/17/19
3/11/19
WN 6671 N
Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island, Kitsap Co
3/25/19
 
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.