State to remove 2 derelict vessels in Anacortes

OLYMPIA — The Washington state Department of Natural Resources says it will remove two derelict vessels from the Anacortes harbor.

The state took custody of the 125-foot vessels on April 1 because officials were worried they posed a threat to navigational safety in Guemes Channel and could also damage the nearby ferry dock and the area’s marine ecosystem.

On February 25, high winds pulled the two vessels away from an old dock, causing part of the pier to collapse. The pier is located on state-owned aquatic lands. The Department of Natural Resources wants to prevent further damage to the pier and other nearby property.

The two former Canadian Navy vessels have been tied up to the old pier for more than a decade.

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