Washington state law requires owners of abandoned or derelict vessels to pay the full costs of removing or disposing of the problem boats, but owners rarely do.
he Washington Department of Ecology is developing a new permit that lays out clear rules for the deconstruction of derelict vessels over water. Currently, any approved dismantling of an abandoned or defunct ship must happen at a dry-dock facility.
The Port of Port Townsend, Wash., is providing a temporary home to a piece of literary history. But the dry-docked sardine fishing boat once chartered by the writer John Steinbeck faces an uncertain fate.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would provide more environmental protections against derelict vessels in Washington's waterways.
Bills to fund the clean up and prevention of derelict vessels have now been passed in the Washington house and senate, but no permanent sources of funding for large vessel removal have been identified.
The owner of a derelict barge that required a $22 million cleanup after oil spilled into the Columbia River in southwest Washington has been sentenced to four months in prison.
Bret A. Simpson pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to two criminal violations of the Clean Water Act for spilling oil in the Columbia River.
The end is in sight for a derelict vessel that has been moored to a publicly owned dock for the past three months.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire fly over the Columbia and Willamette rivers Friday to get a bird's eye view of the derelict and abandoned vessels languishing in those waters. **UPDATE (Friday p.m.):** Kitzhaber and Gregoire return from flyover with reaction.
COUPEVILLE, Wash. — Two cranes lifted a sunken fishing boat out of Penn Cove off Whidbey Island on Sunday. The Deep Sea sank shortly after it caught fire May 12 and diesel leaks from its tanks have closed both commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting in the area.
The U.S. Coast Guard inspected the derelict fishing vessel, Deep Sea, months before it caught fire and sank this week in Puget Sound, polluting waters used for raising shellfish. The Coast Guard, however, reported that the vessel contained "minimal fuel." That has not turned out to be the case.
Get the latest on algae blooms, critters and climate change, orcas, water sharing in the Yakima valley and more. Host Ashley Ahearn talks with EarthFix's Derelict Vessel Diva Bonnie Stewart about the latest sunken vessel, which leaked 3,500 gallons of oil, costing one Puget Sound shellfisherman tens of thousands of dollars.
WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. — State officials have suspended mussel harvesting in Whidbey Island's Penn Cove until further notice after a 128-foot derelict fishing vessel anchored there burst into flames and sank over the weekend.
JUNEAU, Alaska - The U.S. Coast Guard is attempting to sink a derelict Japanese fishing vessel off the coast of Alaska. The Ryou-un Maru has been adrift in the Pacific since last year’s tsunami in Japan.
A year after the devastating earthquake in Japan, up to 100,000 tons of tsunami-generated debris is posing an urgent threat to coastal economies in the western United States.
We take a look at derelict and abandoned vessels in the waters of the Northwest -- and how states are coping with the environmental hazards associated with them.
The U.S. Coast Guard and its contractors spent 10 months and $22 million removing the Davy Crockett barge from the Columbia River in 2011. Workers prevented a major environmental disaster, but an EarthFix investigation has found that state and federal officials could have prevented an oil spill and the need for a multi-million-dollar cleanup.