By Sarah Aslam
Wrangell Sentinel 

Port commission wants owners of derelict vessels to pay for disposal


April 13, 2022

The Port and Harbors Department wants to strengthen municipal code to lessen the burden of paying for derelict and impounded vessels. It drains the department’s coffers when clunkers take on water or sink, leading port staff to foot the cleanup efforts and the department to foot the bill.

The port commission is asking the borough assembly to amend municipal code to hold boat owners liable for disposing of derelict boats.

The commission has also begun discussing whether to require boat owners to have insurance if their vessel is moored in a Wrangell harbor.

What they’re discussing, in th...

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