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54th Ship to Depart James River Reserve Fleet

The Vulcan is scheduled to be towed from the James River Reserve Fleet on Tuesday, December 19th. It will be the 54th ship to leave the James River site for recycling since January 1, 2001. The Vulcan, a former Navy repair ship built in 1941, which will leave the James River site to be dismantled at Bay Bridge Enterprises, LLC, of Chesapeake, Va., under the terms of a contract worth $494,000. The Vulcan has a small niche in Naval history. Until 1978, the only Navy ships to carry women on duty were hospital ships. That year, the Vulcan became the first non-hospital Navy ship to carry women on active duty. The Vulcan is expected to pass under the James River Bridge approximately two hours after the departure. However, be advised that such times vary widely depending on weather and other conditions.


MarAd Moves Ahead on Ship Disposal

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced four new disposal contracts for obsolete ships in its National Defense Reserve Fleet. Two of the ships are in the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia, and two are in the Suisun Bay near San Francisco, CA. Three of the ships will be dismantled in Brownsville, TX, and one in Chesapeake, VA. “Our ship disposal policy of ‘worst first’ has worked for us,” said Deputy Maritime Administrator John Jamian


Navy Ship Exits Ghost Fleet

The Orion, an obsolete Navy repair vessel built in 1943, is scheduled to depart on July 27 from the James River Reserve Fleet off Newport News. The Daily Press reported that the U.S. Maritime Administration expects to tow away the vessel at 9:30 a.m. It should pass under the James River Bridge about two hours later, depending on weather conditions. The Orion will be dismantled by North American Ship Recycling in Baltimore. It is the 53rd ship to leave the ghost fleet since 2001


Two Ships to Leave James River Fleet

International Shipbreaking Limited (ISL) of Brownsville, TX, was awarded contracts for removing two ships from the James River Reserve Fleet at Fort Eustis, VA, the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced today. “These contracts are further evidence of our commitment to reduce the number of obsolete ships in our fleet as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible,” said Acting Maritime Administrator John Jamian.


MarAd Disposes of More Ships

Three ships will leave the James River Reserve Fleet this summer, thanks to domestic ship dismantling contracts announced today by U.S. Maritime Administrator Captain William G. Schubert. Marine Metals of Brownsville, TX, has been awarded three contracts valued at $3.1 million to dismantle the American Banker, the Mormacmoon, and the Santa Cruz. All three ships are considered high-priority vessels for dismantling and recycling.


Ship Scheduled to Depart James River Reserve Fleet

The Bayamon is scheduled to be towed from the James River Reserve Fleet on Wednesday, February 20, at approximately 8:30 a.m. It will be the 66th ship to depart the James River site since January of 2001. The Bayamon, a trailership built in 1970 by the Sun Shipbuilding Corporation of Chester, Pennsylvania, will be dismantled at the All Star Metals, LLC facility in Brownsville, Texas. All Star Metals purchased the vessel for $12,221


USS Howard W. Gilmore to be Scrapped

The USS Howard W. Gilmore will be the 50th ship to leave the James River Reserve Fleet to be scrapped. The ship's departure was delayed Wednesday, because of high winds and choppy water. It's now expected to be hauled away later this week. The World War Two-era ship was decommissioned in 1980. The federal Maritime Administration has spent about $99 million removing the ships. The ghost fleet still includes 47 ships slated for scrapping. Source: AP


Another Ship to Leave Ghost Fleet

The Daily Press has reported that MarAd is scheduled to tow away another obsolete ship from the James River Reserve Fleet, which sits off the coast of Newport News, Va. The Saugatuck is a former Navy oil refueling vessel built in 1942. It's the 52nd ship to leave the fleet since 2001. Bay Bridge Enterprises in Chesapeake will dismantle the ship. Source: Daily Press


MarAd Awards Contracts for Scrapping of TwoOships

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a News Release stating that it awarded contracts for removal and scrapping of two obsolete ships from the James River Reserve Fleet.


Transfer and disposal of obsolete vessels

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) is making available for public review and comment the draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for transfer and disposal of approximately nine obsolete vessels from the James River Reserve Fleet (JRRF) to the Able UK facility located in Teesside, United Kingdom. Comments on the draft EA should be submitted by March 29, 2004. 69 Fed. Reg. 9422 (February 27, 2004).(HK Law)


Video: Submarine John Warner Launched for Testing

The 7,800-ton Virginia-class submarine John Warner was moved with the help of three tugboats to Newport News Shipbuilding’s submarine pier, where final outfitting, testing and crew certification will take place over the next six months. SSN 785 is the first Virginia-class submarine to be named for a person. Photo by Ricky Thompson/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) launched the Virginia-class submarine John Warner (SSN 785) into the James River on September 10 at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division, kicking off the final outfitting, testing and crew certification phase of construction prior to sea trials next


Madsen to Head Norwegian Cruise Line

Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

Former President and Chief Operating Officer of Darden Restaurants Joins Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. announced today that Drew Madsen has joined the company as president and chief operating officer of Norwegian Cruise Line


US Navy Aircraft Carrier Leaves Drydock

About 500 shipbuilders assisted with the undocking of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) on Monday. Lincoln was moved from a dry dock to an outfitting berth at Newport News Shipbuilding, where its refueling and complex overhaul will be completed. Photo by Ricky Thompson/HII

Newport News Shipbuilding completes drydock work for aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72); refueling and complex overhaul With tugboats guiding it into the James River, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) was moved from one of Newport News Shipbuilding’s drydocks to


Yellowstone to Depart James River Reserve Fleet

USS Yellowstone (Photo: National Parks Service, U.S. Dept. of Interior)

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the USS Yellowstone - a National Defense Reserve Fleet non-retention vessel is scheduled to depart the James River Reserve Fleet in Fort Eustis, Virginia for recycling at ESCO Marine, Inc. in Brownsville, Texas.   


Trico to Sell Remaining Towing and Supply Vessels

Trico Marine Services, Inc. (Pink Sheets: TRMAQ) announced that it has reached an agreement with the company's major constituents concerning the process of selling Trico's remaining towing and supply vessels and any related operating assets, in accordance with previous public statements that the


Ohio to Depart Beaumont Reserve Fleet

The combination container vessel SS Ohio is scheduled to depart the Beaumont Reserve Fleet on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.  The vessel was recently sold for recycling to ESCO Marine, Inc. and its departure will reduce the number of non-retention vessels awaiting disposal from the Beaumont Reserve


Atlas Copco Taps James River Equipment

Atlas Copco welcomes its newest drilling equipment distributor, James River Equipment. The company, well-known as a heavy equipment supplier, will represent Atlas Copco in the Carolinas for blasthole rigs, other surface drilling rigs and equipment, and Secoroc rock drilling tools


NOAA, Navy Survey of Civil War Shipwrecks

NOAA and the U.S. Navy embarked today on a two-day research expedition to survey the condition of two sunken Civil War vessels that have rested on the seafloor of the James River in Hampton Roads, Va., for nearly 150 years. Using state-of-the-art sonar technology to acquire data


Ex-USNS Vessels to Depart for Texas

The ex-USNS Benjamin Isherwood (T-AO-191) and the ex-USNS Henry Eckford (T-AO-192) are scheduled to depart from the James River Reserve on July 12 and July 19, respectively. They will be towed to Brownsville, TX, for recycling at the ISL ship breaking facility.


Obsolete US Ship Recycling Target Surpassed

U.S. Transportation Secretary visits Suisun Bay in Northern California to celebrate surpassing administration's goal for recycling. Ray LaHood, US Transportation Secretary visited Shuisun Bay for the occasion. In 2010, the Department’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) committed to removing


NNS Launch US Submarine 'Minnesota'

Minnesota Heads for NNS Submarine Pier: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding Division launches Virginia-class submarine Minnesota (SSN 783). To achieve her latest milestone, the 7,800-ton Minnesota was moved out of a construction facility into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system


Volunteer Surveyors Check Battleship 'Wisconsin'

Battleship Wisconsin: Photo credit Wiki CCL

Inspectors from the Navy's Board of Inspection & Survey (INSURV) conduct a survey aboard the floating museum ship. After a storied history beginning in World War II, the battleship received its last official INSURV inspection in 1992, before becoming a floating museum on the James River.


Car-plunge Ferry Sets Off Coast Guard Investigation

The Coast Guard is investigating an incident that happened aboard the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry which resulted in an intending passenger's car tumbling into the James River. The investigation, say the US Coast Guard, will probe every aspect of the incident and will determine as


Aircraft Carrier 'Gerald R. Ford' Christened at NNS

The Ford Christening: Photo credit HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division inaugurate the christening of Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the first ship of the next-generation class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. The first-in-class ship features a new nuclear power plant, a redesigned island


Aircraft Carrier Gerald R. Ford Takes First Voyage

The aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) was moved Sunday to Newport News Shipbuildings Pier 3, where it will undergo additional outfitting and testing for the next 28 months. Photo by Chris Oxley

Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division launched Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) into the James River for the first time on Sunday. The first-of-class aircraft carrier was moved to the shipyard's Pier 3, where it will undergo additional outfitting and testing for the






 
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