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Focus on Vessel Boardings: The Basics (Historical)

Publication number Date Published Date Revised
99-1305January 1999June 2009
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Author(s) Chip Boothe
Description The Department of Ecology (Ecology) screens cargo and passenger vessels entering Washington State to determine the potential risk posed to the marine environment and to public health and safety. Vessel characteristics and background information are applied to a risk matrix. The risk matrix assists Ecology in prioritizing which vessels to board. Vessels given a high priority may be boarded for inspection. Fishing vessels, ferries, and tank vessels are not screened using a risk matrix; they are boarded on a prearranged schedule. Vessel inspections normally include a review of bunker operations.
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Keywords vessel inspections, vessel, Vessel boarding, oil transfer, fishing vessel

Focus on Safe Access to Vessels