Bill in Legislature seeks early action for derelict vessels

OLYMPIA —State officials would be encouraged to  deal with derelict boats sooner — preferably before they sink — under a proposed  law moving through the Legislature. “A lot of this is breaking new ground,” Hansen said. “We are trying innovative  ways to deal with this problem. ”Whidbey Island is where the Deep Sea, a 140-foot derelict crab-fishing vessel,  caught fire and sank in May, costing the state nearly $3 million. About $1.6  million went to clean up an oil spill, raise the vessel and tow it away. Another  $1.3 million was spent on dismantling and disposing of the ship. Read more