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


  Vessel Name | Notice



8/8/2022 Seahorse: 1968, 36' wood hulled trawler WN 946 C Pleasant Harbor, Jefferson County 9/7/2022
8/8/2022 Ventoso: 36' sailboat Unknown Whatcom waterway, Bellingham, Whatcom County 9/3/2022
7/27/2022 Vessel: 20' runabout WN 95 EE Lake Kapowsin, Pierce County 8/19/2022
7/27/2022 Vessel WN 46 N removed from near the Southworth Ferry terminal, Kitsap County 8/19/2022
7/27/2022 Arwen: 40' sailboat Unknown Long Point, Whidbey Island, Island County 8/24/2022
7/11/2022 Skookum USCG 1081963 South of Manchester dock, Kitsap County 8/8/2022
7/11/2022 Alma: 1929 60' Fishing Vessel USCG 228220 Fisherman's Terminal, Seattle, King County 8/5/2022
7/11/2022 Sea Surfer: 1925 28' Double Ender Troller AK 9903 AT Fisherman's Terminal, Seattle, King County 8/5/2022
7/11/2022 Vessel: 2006, Cruisers Yacht 420 Express pleasure craft WN 6896 SB Fisherman's Terminal, Seattle, King County 8/5/2022
7/11/2022 Thor: 1925 62' Fishing Vessel USCG 224713 Fisherman's Terminal, Seattle, King County 8/5/2022
6/16/2022 Vessel: 23' Glastron runabout Unknown 1675 Lincoln Ave., Tacoma, WA 98421, Pierce County 7/18/2022
6/16/2022 Vessel: 24' AMC Slickcraft WN 2928 JS 1675 Lincoln Ave., Tacoma, WA 98421 (near Puyallup River Boat Launch), Pierce County 7/15/2022
6/16/2022 Grey Lady: 1971, 33' CCD Catalina cabin cruiser WN 2433 RN Adjacent to Terminal 5 / Jack Block Park, Seattle, King County 7/7/2022
6/16/2022 Vessel: 1965, 30' Mercator sailboat WN 2520 SA Terminal 5, Seattle, King County 7/7/2022
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.