The Oregon State Marine Board is currently coordinating a task force to engage in an open and collaborative exploration of the short and long term issues associated with commercial vessels, such as fishing boats, tugs, and barges, that have become or may become abandoned and derelict. Commercial vessels are especially challenging and expensive to remove and recycle because of their size and potential to contain hazardous materials. Coastal ports, in particular, have expressed their concern for how to remove existing and prevent future abandoned and derelict commercial vessels.
The Abandoned and Derelict Commercial Vessel (ADCV) Task Force was formed after a scoping meeting in February 2016. Membership includes representatives from public ports, city marinas, fishing groups, conservation groups, law enforcement, the US Coast Guard, and a number of state agencies. This diverse group is charged with working together to create an inventory of commercial vessels in order to quantify the scope of the problem, strategize actions that may help prevent future abandoned and derelict commercial boats, and identify potential funding mechanisms to remove current and future abandoned and derelict commercial vessels.Task Force Expectations:
- Increase communication and collaboration between coastal ports, law enforcement, state agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to abandoned and derelict commercial vessels (ADCV’s);
- Complete an inventory of all commercial vessels on the waters of the state and identify which commercial vessels are "of concern" of being abandoned or becoming derelict in the near future; This included creating an evaluation form to uniformly assess "vessels of concern";
- Inventory businesses that can respond to and salvage ADCV’s;
- Identify challenges and barriers, as well as strategies and solutions, for preventing and managing ADCV’s in ports, marinas, and on state waters; This should include issues related to owner accountability and gaps in vessel registration and titling
- Identify potential funding mechanisms to remove and recycle ADCV’s;
- Identify public education and outreach pieces that may help promote prevention strategies to the wider boating community; and
- Develop a collaboratively written Findings Report, incorporating the above information.
The group meets approximately every other month for the duration of one year. For more information, please contact the Environmental Programs Manager.