Review of Olympic Coast Vessel Incidents from 1994 – 2016
The waters off the Olympic Coast of Washington State are a national treasure, deserving of a special recognition and protection. They also serve as an important marine highway, and provide a livelihood and recreation for many, that ply its waters in vessels large and small. Since Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary was designated in 1994, it has worked to help partners in preventing oil spills. While there have been no large spills in this period, it is not uncommon for smaller vessels to be lost. The sanctuary has reviewed the circumstances of 46 vessels that have sunk, grounded or capsized over a 22 year period. It is hoped that this analysis will assist the sanctuary in identifying ways to reduce future loses.