Derelict Vessels

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.

  • The Port of Woodland (Port) has declared the vessel of Go Aweigh and Oregon Registration 138PH as abandoned. The vessel is a sunken with no other description. It is located in the Lewis River along Austin Point area of Woodland, Washington.
  • The Port of Woodland (Port) has declared the vessel of (No Vessel Name) and Oregon Registration WN OR 632 SS as abandoned. The vessel is a sunken with no other description. It is located in the Lewis River along Austin Point area of Woodland, Washington.
  • The Port of Woodland (Port) has declared the vessel of (No Vessel Name) and Washington Registration WN 3059 as abandoned. The vessel is a sunken with no other description. It is located in the Lewis River along Austin Point area of Woodland, Washington.

The Port posted notice on each vessel, acting as an authorized public entity with the authority granted in RCW 79.100,  that it intends to take custody of the vessel on December 1, 2019. After taking custody of the vessel, Port may use or dispose of it without further notice to the owner. The Port is hereby providing further notification to extend to December 20, 2019.

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.

POLLUTION CONTROL HEARINGS BOARD (send one original and one copy)
Physical address: 1111 Israel Road, Ste. 301
Tumwater, WA 98501
Mailing address: PO Box 40903
Olympia, WA 98504-0903
Phone: 360-664-9160
PORT OF WOODLAND c/o Executive Director
Address: 1608 Guild Road
Woodland, WA 98674
Phone: 360-225-6555

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 jkeene@portofwoodland.com.

For More Information

Contact Jennifer Wray-Keene
Executive Director
(360) 225-6555
jkeene@portofwoodland.com