New rules posted from the Department of Natural Resources regarding derelict vessels. Read more about the new rules.
The Port of Woodland hereby declares the following vessels are on Port property. Port property may include Austin Point, Martin Bar North and Martin Bar South and manages the Columbia River aquatic lands to the navigation channel under the Port Management Agreement.
In order to keep the vessel, before the Custody Date, the owner must:
- Get authorization to moor or anchor the vessel in its current location, or
- Move it to an anchorage area, moorage facility, or storage location that authorizes the vessel.
- Remove the vessel from Port property.
If the owner wants to reclaim the vessel after the Port has custody, or wants to challenge Port’s decision to take custody, the owner must file a written appeal with the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) and serve a copy to the Port. Below are the listed addresses for an appeal.
The appeal must include the following information:
- A copy of this notice or a copy of the notification letter to the owner.
- Your name and address (mailing and legal, if different) and, if applicable, the name and address of your representative.
- A daytime phone number.
- A brief statement why you are appealing.
- A statement of what you want the Pollution Control Hearings Board to do.
- Your signature or that of your representative. This signature certifies that the content of the appeal is true.
See Pollution Control Hearings Board Appeal Process or call the PCHB at 360-664-9160 with appeal questions.
The owner may submit the appeal immediately, but the PCHB must receive it no later than [Appeal Date]. The owner waives the right to a hearing if the PCHB does not receive an appeal on or before the Appeal Date. The owner is then liable for any costs incurred by the Port in responding to the vessel.
These costs may include all administrative costs incurred by the Port, removal, and disposal costs, and costs associated with environmental damages directly or indirectly caused by the vessel. If there is a lawsuit, the successful party may receive reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs.
The Port also may pursue any other remedies available under law. For example, the Port may take temporary possession of the vessel under the circumstances described in the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 79.100.040(3). You can find a copy of this law online at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/.
For more information, contact Jennifer Wray-Keene at the Port at 360-225-6555 or firstname.lastname@example.org.