The Oregon State Marine Board Abandoned Vessel Removal fund was established in 2004. The Board sets aside $150,000 per biennium to reimburse public agencies up to 90% of the cost of investigating, salvaging, towing, removing, storing, and disposing of derelict and abandoned boats, floating homes, and boathouses. Use of the fund is limited to removing boats, floating homes, and boathouses that meet the definition of "derelict" or that are abandoned in the water (floating or sunk).
Public agencies should call the Marine Board at 503-378-2836 as soon as a derelict or abandoned boat is identified. We will confirm if the vessel is eligible for reimbursement from the fund, how much money is available in the fund, and the next steps in requesting reimbursement. The Marine Board can also help in tracking down registration or documentation records to find the owner(s) of abandoned vessels.
Please contact Rachel Graham at 503-378-2836 for more information.
These templates may be used by public agencies that wish to take action on abandoned or derelict vessels. These documents are examples only. Public agencies are encouraged to check with their legal counsels for compliance with the notification requirements and seizure procedures outlined in ORS 830.904 to 830.948.