Hansen’s derelict-vessels bill gets green light from Senate committee

TransportationOLYMPIA – A two-year effort to keep waterways clear of derelict and abandoned vessels — and protect the jobs that depend on clean water and safe navigation — sailed through a Senate committee late last week.

Sponsored by Rep. Drew Hansen, the measure, House Bill 2457, is designed to address the kind of incidents that have generated headlines around Puget Sound in recent years: an abandoned tugboat sinking in Eagle Harbor; a 167-foot ship going under in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway, dragging another ship off even keel; and the state seizing a 180-foot hulk off Port Ludlow after its owner misfired on plans to tow it to Mexico.

“We took a big step forward on this last year,” Hansen said. “We’re working today to make further progress on reducing pollution, removing hazards and safeguarding jobs in the shellfish, marine and recreational industries.”

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