The Oregon State Marine Board Abandoned Vessel Removal fund was established in 2004. The Board sets aside $150,000 per biennium to reimburse ports and law enforcement agencies for 75% of the cost of investigating, salvaging, towing, removing, storing, and disposing of abandoned boats, floating homes, and boathouses. Use of the fund is limited to removing boats, floating homes, and boathouses that are abandoned in the water (floating or sunk).
Ports and law enforcement agencies should call the Marine Board at 503-378-2836 as soon as an abandoned (or even suspected abandoned) boat is found. We will let you know 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.
The Vessel of Concern Reporting Form
can also be used to report and evaluate abandoned or derelict vessels.
Please contact Rachel Bullene at 503-378-2836 for more information.
The chart below shows how the timeline for removing Abandoned Vessels has been streamlined by the adoption of HB2233 (effective January 1, 2014).