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
6/19/18
Unknown, ~20 foot runabout
Unknown
US Navy's Zelatched Point Range Site, Jefferson County
7/20/18
6/18/18
USCG 1142489
Judd Cove, Orcas Island, San Juan County
7/16/18
6/14/18
Slow Ride, a ~45 foot wood pleasure cruiser
Unknown
Des Moines Marina Parking Lot, King County
7/1/18
6/14/18
Alaska Night, a ~42 foot wood hulled/aluminum cabined ex fishing boat
AK 4659 AK
Des Moines Marina Guest Moorage, King County
7/1/18
6/13/18
Restless Wind, 1976 Capital sail boat
WN 1421D
Shilshole Marina's "O" Dock, King County
7/6/18
6/4/18
Unknown, sailboat
Unknown
Sunken about halfway down the Purdy Spit, Pierce County
7/2/18
6/4/18
Encore, ~52 foot cabin cruiser
USCG 515256
Anchored in Sinclair Inlet in Port Orchard, WA
7/1/18
6/4/18
Unknown, ~27 foot black sailboat
WN 7584 LA
Anchored in Sinclair Inlet in Port Orchard, WA
7/1/18
6/4/18
Unknown | Image, a 1975 ~27 foot sailboat
WN 5581 JE
HIN OPY274140175
Aground Little Squalicum Beach, Bellingham, Whatcom Co
6/25/18
 
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.