derelict vessels

Environment
5:08 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Crews At Work On Slow, Expensive Disposal Of Notorious Derelict Vessel Helena Star

The Helena Star at Stabbert Marine in Seattle on August 8, 2014.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

A poster child for Washington state’s problem with abandoned boats is at a shipyard in Seattle. The notorious Helena Star is being scrapped by Stabbert Maritime in Ballard.

The decrepit vessel once made headlines as a drug-smuggling ship; in 1978, the U.S. Coast Guard seized the ship off the coast of Washington with $75 million worth of marijuana on board. Now it’s an object lesson on how and why the process of cleanup and recovery of abandoned boats is so complex and expensive.

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Environment
3:02 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Sinking incident points to state’s struggle with derelict vessels

Two derelict vessels, the Helena Star and the Golden West, began sinking early Thursday in the Hylebos waterway near Tacoma. State and federal agencies must try to contain any leaking oil or other pollutants. The vessels can also pose navigation hazards.
US Coast Guard photo courtesy Washington Dept of Ecology

Two derelict vessels are sinking in a bankrupt marina near Tacoma. Fire fighters have circled them with oil booms to contain any pollutants. 

The incident is the latest in a series of stories that show the link between ecological health and the economy.

The two boats in question were chained together when one of them, the Helena Star, began to sink. The other, the Golden West, was listing badly when coast guard and firefighters got to the scene.

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