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Posted on: March 3, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Notice of Intent to Obtain Custody of a Vessel

Gig Harbor Police Department declared the vessel with Washington Registration # WN5005R HIN # WNZ12468E373, as derelict of abandoned.

The vessel is currently anchored in Gig Harbor.  Gig Harbor Police Dept, acting as an authorized public entity with the authority granted in RCW 79.100, intends to take custody of the vessel on 03/23/2021 (Custody Date).  After taking custody of the vessel, Gig Harbor Police Dept. may use or dispose of it without further notice to the owner.  


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.

If the owner wants to reclaim the vessel after Gig Harbor Police Dept. has custody, or wants to challenge  Gig Harbor Police Dept. decision to take custody, the owner must file a written appeal with the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) and serve a copy on Gig Harbor Police Dept.   Addresses are in the boxes below:

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


Gig Harbor Police Dept.

3510 Grandview St 

Gig Harbor WA 98335


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 or call the PCHB at the number above with appeal questions.

The owner may submit the appeal immediately, but the PCHB must receive it no later than 04/22/2021 (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 Gig Harbor Police Dept. in responding to the vessel.  


These costs may include all administrative costs incurred by the City of Gig Harbor, 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. 


Gig Harbor Police Dept. also may pursue any other remedies available under law.  For example, Gig Harbor Police Dept. 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 

For more information, contact Ofc. G Chapman at Gig Harbor Police Dept. at 253 851-2236 or 

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