Vessel Turn In Program (VTIP)

THE VESSEL TURN-IN PROGRAM (VTIP) GRANT
IS NOW PART OF THE NEW
SURRENDERED AND ABANDONED VESSEL EXCHANGE (SAVE)

Effective as of January 1, 2016, only the SAVE will be offered to local public agencies interested in receiving a VTIP and/or an Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund (AWAF) grant. The VTIP and AWAF grants will not be offered separately. Applicants are expected to provide both VTIP and AWAF services through acceptance of a SAVE grant.

The SAVE program combines the VTIP and AWAF grants into one, allowing local public agencies the convenience of only one grant to apply for and to manage, and the flexibility to use the funds for both purposes.

ABOUT THE VTIP AND AWAF GRANTS
The VTIP and AWAF are grant programs designed to remove, reduce and prevent abandoned recreational vessels and various marine debris. Administered by the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW), grants are awarded annually to qualified local public agencies statewide. The AWAF and VTIP, enacted in 1998 and 2010 respectively, have provided millions of dollars in grants, and have enabled the removal of thousands of vessels and other marine debris.

WHEN TO APPLY
Grant applications for the SAVE for Fiscal Year 2016/17 will be accepted through DBW’s new online grant application (system), “OLGA,” beginning February 1, 2016 and will close on April 30, 2016 at 5:00pm PST. It is recommended that you submit your application as early as possible.

HOW TO APPLY
To introduce new users to OLGA, an instructional aid is available via the link under "Quick Hits" on the left of this page (second link from top). Please review this information before beginning your application.

The link to access and begin your application via OLGA is the first link on the left of this page, "ONLINE GRANT APPLICATION (OLGA)."

If any questions regarding these grants, please contact:

Susan.sykes@parks.ca.gov. Phone: (916) 327-1825, or Corrina.Dugger@parks.ca.gov. Phone (916) 327-1834

ABOUT THE VESSEL TURN-IN PROGRAM (VTIP)

The Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) provides an alternative for boat owners to surrender an unwanted recreational vessel to participating public local agencies.

VTIP was established by Assembly Bill (AB) 166 (Chapter 416, Statutes 2009) and became effective January 1, 2010. The program provides grants to public local agencies to administer a turn-in program in their jurisdiction.

Commercial vessels do not qualify for the VTIP.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Public local agencies that have jurisdiction over navigable waterways in California and meet the application assessment criteria are eligible.

HOW IT WORKS:
A verified titleholder can surrender his vessel free of charge to a participating VTIP agency. The title must be free of any loan balances, liens, and/or taxes. Proof of ownership is required and a Release of Interest and Ownership must be completed and provided to the VTIP agency.

THE LAW:

Harbors and Navigation Code, Section 526.1.

For purposes of this article, "surrendered vessel" means a recreational vessel that the verified titleholder has willingly surrendered to a willing public agency under both of the following conditions:

(a) The public agency has determined, in its sole discretion that the vessel is in danger of being abandoned, and therefore has a likelihood of causing environmental degradation or becoming a hazard to navigation.

(b) The decision to accept a vessel is based solely on the potential of the vessel to likely be abandoned and cause environmental degradation or become a hazard to navigation.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 204, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2014.)

WHAT DOES THE SAVE GRANT COVER FOR VTIP ACCEPTANCE AND REMOVALS:
The grant covers average costs to remove, store and/or dispose of surrendered vessels, including: complete vessel removal from location, hazmat removal, towing, storage, demolition and disposal.

WHAT WILL IT COST?
A grant awarded by DBW shall be matched by a 10-percent contribution from the local agency receiving the grant. SAVE recipients are required to expend their 10-percent contribution before receiving reimbursement from the SAVE program. The contribution may be rendered in cash or through in-kind contributions which must be verified, and are at the discretion of DBW. These contributions may include the following:

  • Personnel hours (verifiable and base net)
  • Excess removal and/or storage expenses

DBW CONTACT:
For further information, please contact: Susan.sykes@parks.ca.gov. Phone: (916) 327-1825

HOW DO I APPEAL THE DENIAL OF AN APPLICATION?
Use the following information only to appeal the denial of an application.

Contact the deputy director of the Division at:

E-mail: Jared Zucker, Administrative Liaison to the Deputy Director
Call: (888) 326-2822
Write:Lynn Sadler, Deputy Director
State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways
One Capitol Mall, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814