'We're held hostage to the price of scrap iron'

PORT LUDLOW, Wash. -- A massive ship has pulled into Port Ludlow and it isn't leaving, and it's blocking the view of some of the town's residents.

"I look out my bedroom window and I like to see the bald eagles on the totem pole and then this thing floats in and I go, 'oh no!' " said Bill Master.

Ot's a new view of the massive ship New Star.

"It's not a barge," said marina manager Kori Ward. "It's a derelict hulk."

The owner told Ward he wants to eventually scrap the boat down in Mexico. Ward tried to do the right thing and offer him temporary safe harbor in case the winds pick up and the ship gets loose.

That was on Oct. 1.

Now a month and a day later, New Star has no fuel on board, but occasionally takes on water.

"I felt that he was safer, moored out in our marina than out in the bay," Ward said.

The owner tells KOMO News he "jumped the gun and mistimed thing" but has stopped returning our calls.

There is a growing list of more than 200 ships in various states of disrepair plaguing marinas around Washington. Like those in Port Ludlow, the state of Washington Abandoned and Derelict Vessel Removal Program is running out of patience.

Sources tell KOMO News there have been high-level meetings about the New Star and how to enforce getting rid of it. The worst of winter weather is still to come.

The pressure is on.

"We need to get this boat moved," Ward said.

And Master just wants the boat gone so he can get his view back.

"We're held hostage presumably to the price of scrap iron," he said.

So far, the state has the New Star on watch list of sorts, giving just a little while longer for the owner to tow the ship away to Mexico as planned.