Derelict vessel in Dog River, Alabama


Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Marine Patrol

ADV Program?


ADV Legislation?


State Funding?


NOAA Region

Alabama currently does not have a formal statewide program dedicated to addressing abandoned or derelict vessels. There are non-governmental organizations that are involved with the removal and disposal of ADVs, including the Dog River Clearwater Revival, which has worked with Sea Grant and the NOAA Marine Debris Program to remove vessels from the state's waterways.


The State of Alabama does not have a dedicated funding source for addressing abandoned or derelict vessels.

Legislative Overview

Alabama does not have laws that specifically address the designation process, removal or disposal requirements of abandoned or derelict vessels. Vessels that are found adrift are covered under Alabama Code (§ 35-13-1) of the state’s salvage laws, which state that any person may take up and secure “all property adrift.” In addition, Alabama has laws that make it unlawful to place a “dangerous vessel” in a harbor in the state. Under Alabama Code § 33-1-33, any owner or agency in control of a vessel that is anchored, moored, or made fast to the shore illegally, or is liable to sink or pollute, or deemed to be derelict, can be charged with a fine if they fail to remove it.

Point of Contact

The Alabama State Port Authority has jurisdiction over the state’s ports and administers the laws under Title 33 Navigation. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has authority to enforce mooring restrictions on state-owned bottom lands, through the Marine Patrol.

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