Uchytil: State looking at grant opportunities to fund Lumberman removal

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - An update was provided on the derelict vessel Lumberman abandoned in Gastineau Channel during Wednesday's Action Line.

    The vessel was initially on city and borough owned tidelands until it lost anchor and floated on to state tidelands.

    CBJ Port Director Carl Uchytil said that  they have forwarded the Natural Resources Department information on NOAA grant opportunities for marine debris and derelict vessels.  He said the department is pursuing that opportunity to resolve the Lumberman matter.  

    Governor Walker signed legislation during the recent meeting of the Alaska Association of Harbormasters addressing abandoned derelict vessels like the Lumberman.  Uchytil said the state will probably have new regulations in effect addressing registration and titling by January.

    He called it a statewide issue. He estimated there are hundreds,  if not thousands of abandoned vessels around Alaska.  "It's not the end all, be all, but it's the right start in trying to address abandoned vessels throughout the state.

    The Docks and Harbors Board will be updated on the Lumberman at Thursday night's meeting.


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