MARAD Ship Leaves Suisun Bay Fleet for Scrapping
- MARAD Ship Leaves Suisun Bay Fleet for ScrappingMonday, August 16, 2010
Bay Ship & Yacht, located in Alameda on San Francisco Bay, has completed hydro-blasting the hull and superstructure, and inspecting the decommissioned USS Florikan for seaworthiness. The ship is shown in the shipyards 388 x 84 ft drydock prior to being towed to Texas for scrapping.
The Florikan will be one less ship in the US Maritime Administrations Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay to arouse concern by Californias Water Control Board for San Francisco Bays water quality. Originally numbering more than 100 ships, the fleet has now been reduced to only 57 ships, as one ship after another has been removed from the fleet, cleaned at a local shipyard to comply with the US-Coast-Guard-enforced Invasive Species Act, and towed to Texas for scrapping. There are no licensed facilities for scrapping ships on the US West Coast.
The USS Florikan (ASR-9) was a Chanticleer-class submarine rescue ship. She was launched in June 1942 by Moore Dry Dock Co., a shipyard once located in Oakland, Calif., across the estuary from Bay Ship & Yachts present shipyard in Alameda. During World War II, the Florikan served at Pearl Harbor, Midway, and Kiska, Alaska. She has a displacement of 1,780 long tons, a length of 251 ft, a beam of 42 ft, and a draft of 14 ft 3 in.
Cleaning up the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet
Showing Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
On October 22, 2009, Deputy Secretary of Transportation John D. Porcari announced that Obama Administration was taking vigorous action to resolve the long-standing environmental challenges that have adversely affected the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet and the surrounding community over the last several years.
What Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet is: The Suisun Bay facility, located in Benicia, California, is one of three National Defense Reserve Fleet sites operated by the Maritime Administration, and, at the time of the announcement, there were 57 obsolete ships in the facility awaiting disposal. They posed possible environmental threats because of exfoliating paint, and because some of them contain petroleum products and other polluting substances. While the best way to remediate the situation is to remove the ships, no ships had left Suisun Bay since November of 2006.
What's Needed: Since there are currently no qualified ship recycling facilities on the Pacific Coast of the United States, and the ships cannot be sent overseas for recycling, contracts for recycling are awarded to qualified firms on the Gulf Coast and East Coast of the United States, so ships must be towed through the Panama Canal and into other ecosystems. To prevent the spread of invasive species, the ships are cleaned at a San Francisco Bay area shipyard, and then towed out of the area.
This cleaning effort in dry dock includes removal of loose paint on the hull and superstructure to minimize the potential of exfoliating paint entering the marine environment. The Maritime Administration is also commencing an agressive ship cleaning effort to pick up, remove, and properly dispose of exfoliated paint on the SBRF ships while these await recycling actions. Additionally, depending upon resource contraints, SBRF ships will be rotated to dry dock for a more complete exfoliated paint removal process of exfoliated paint and then returned to the SBRF until recycling options are available.
Our Progress So Far: Since the announcement on October 22, two ships, both World War II-vintage Victory ships, have been cleaned and towed out for recycling. Contracts have been signed for the cleaning and recycling of three more ships, scheduled to depart shortly. To track the progress of the ships on their journey to Brownsville, Texas, click on this Vessel Towing Report.
National Defense Reserve Fleet : This page has information about all three National Defense Reserve Fleet sites, of which Suisun Bay is one, as well as the history and the purpose of the program and the fleet.
Ship Disposal Main Page: This page has links to policy papers on ship disposal, environmental guidelines for the management of the fleet, and a complete inventory of each fleet, updated every month.Florikan was launched 14 June 1942 by Moore Dry Dock Company, Oakland, ... From 3 to 20 July 1943, Florikan aided in the training of submarines at Pearl Harbor, ...en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ USS_Florikan_(ASR-9) - CachedFrom 3 to 20 July 1943, Florikan aided in the training of submarines at Pearl Harbor, acting as target, screening, escort, and torpedo recovery vessel. ... www.history.navy.mil/danfs/f3/florikan.htm - Cachedrdsathene.blogspot.com/ 2007_07_01_archive.html - 108k - Cached
The Florikan was a submarine rescue ship, but its primary functions were diving and salvage. ... 2007-07-24: More Florikan information: USS Florikan (ASR 9) some early history ...
- The ship shown in the photo is a Victory ship(VC-2), for those of you who are not familiar with them. It is a 6,000 H.P. ship....some were 8,500H.P..The Navy took many of these Maritime ships and made use of them as Ammo ships (AE) Attack Cargo ships (AKA) and amphious troop ships (APA) during and after WW II. I believe the Maritime Commission built some 567 of this type,outnumbered by the Liberty(EC-2) some 2,700, and the T-2 tanker. I sailed in 3 Victory ships in my career....AB, Dayman, and Bos'n....
Captain K.C.O'Brien, retired
- I SAILED ON APA 127, USS ALLENDALE, A CHIEF ENGINEER. 8500 H.P. IT WAS MODIFIED TO DO LANDINGS. WE DID VARIOUS LANDINGS IN THE PACFIC. DID NOT GET PICTURE OF SHIP.ADMIRAL JOHN BROOKS_______________________________