Department of Natural Resources launches derelict vessel “turn-in” program
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has developed a Vessel Turn-in Program (VTIP) to dismantle vessels that do not yet satisfy the legal definition of “derelict” or “abandoned,” but are likely to become derelict or abandoned in the near future, which could harm water quality and/or threaten public safety.
You may be eligible for the program if:
- you are a Washington resident,
- you own a boat that is 45-feet or less in length,
- your boat is in poor condition or no longer functional, and
- you want to dispose of your boat safely and legally but do not have the resources to do so.
DNR will accept and review applications for the VTIP on an ongoing basis and will conduct disposals quarterly. DNR will be working with various contractors and boatyards throughout the state. Public response will help determine dates and locations for disposals. Check the web page (http://1.usa.gov/1o488ds) for details or contact the VITP program at: [email protected] or
Since this is a pilot program, DNR will evaluate vessel applications quarterly on a first-come, first-served basis. If there is high demand or if funding becomes an issue, DNR will rate each vessel based on the application criteria (i.e., vessel age, condition and location). DNR will take vessels that are at a higher risk of becoming derelict or abandoned and will evaluate the “best value” removals for the state. If all other vessels are equal in scoring, DNR will use a lottery to determine which vessels will be accepted.
DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program
DNR manages over 2.6 million acres of state-owned aquatic lands. DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program administers the VTIP, as well as providing funding and expertise to authorized public agencies to assist with the removal of abandoned and derelict vessels from these aquatic lands. At any given time, there are about 200 derelict vessels on the rivers, lakes, and estuaries of Washington. Primary funding for the program comes from a $3 surcharge placed on annual vessel registration fees and an additional $5 charge added to non-resident vessel fees.
For more information about DNR’s Derelict Vessel Removal Program, visit: http://bit.ly/dnr_dvrp.