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Articles tagged derelict vessels

Feb. 10, 2014, 6:27 a.m.

State Stuck With Bill For Derelict Vessels

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.

Aug. 6, 2013, 3:07 p.m.

Washington Developing New Rules For Derelict Vessels

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.

Aug. 5, 2013, 3:12 p.m.

Former Steinbeck Boat Waits In Port Townsend Dry-Dock Limbo

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.

May 21, 2013, 7:30 a.m.

Wash. Governor Inslee Signs Derelict Vessels Bill

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would provide more environmental protections against derelict vessels in Washington's waterways.

March 25, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

Washington Set To Pass Legislation On Derelict Vessels But Funding Problems Remain

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.

March 19, 2013, 7:02 a.m.

Prison Sentence in $22M Columbia Oil Spill Case

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.

July 12, 2012, midnight

Davy Crockett Owner Pleads Guilty In Oil Spill

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.

July 11, 2012, 8:45 a.m.

Derelict Barge Could Soon See Demolition

The end is in sight for a derelict vessel that has been moored to a publicly owned dock for the past three months.

June 29, 2012, 1 a.m.

Oregon And Washington Governors Set To Fly Over Derelict Vessels

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.

June 4, 2012, noon

Cranes Lift Sunken Fishing Boat Out Of Puget Sound

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.

May 18, 2012, 1:42 p.m.

Coast Guard Understated Fuel Aboard Derelict Ship

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.

May 17, 2012, 3 p.m.

Your Weekly EarthFix: Derelict Vessels, Algae Blooms, Orcas and More

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.

May 14, 2012, 10:30 a.m.

Derelict Vessel Risks Shellfish Contamination

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.

April 6, 2012, 8:25 a.m.

Coast Guard Tries To Sink Castaway ‘Ghost Ship’

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.

March 30, 2012, 2:23 p.m.

Lawmakers: Tsunami Debris Demands Emergency Research

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.

Feb. 22, 2012, 1 a.m.

State Funding Not Available To Deal With Largest Derelict Vessels

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.

Feb. 21, 2012, 1 a.m.

Costly Davy Crockett Oil Spill Could Have Been Prevented

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.