News: More Ghost Fleet Ships Contracted for Scrap

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) recently awarded a contract for the disposal of obsolete ships in the James River Reserve Fleet. Post-Service Remediation Partners (PRP) of New York will be awarded a payment of $14.8 million to remove a total of 15 ships from the James River Reserve Fleet. This is the largest removal of obsolete ships in a single year from the National Defense Reserve Fleet since 1993.

"As stewards of the environment, the responsible disposal of obsolete ships is a high priority for the Department of Transportation," said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. "The award of these contracts is welcome progress and the Bush Administration has been forward-thinking in facing the challenges of the James River Reserve Fleet."

The PRP award was the result of a negotiated Program Research and Development Announcement (PRDA) proposal that offered the removal of fifteen ships. Thirteen vessels will be dismantled in England at the AbleUK facility in Teesside, England. Ownership of two other vessels will be sold to PRP in the form of a $3 million credit through MarAd's disposal authority pursuant to Section 508 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended.

The EPA approved an enforcement discretion in May 2003 to permit the export of 13 ships to the AbleUK facility for dismantling and recycling. MarAd employed a variety of procurement methodologies to achieve the best value to the taxpayer and Government in order to remove as many high priority ships as possible from the James River Reserve Fleet.

"It's taken a lot of hard work to give us the results we needed and have not had for close to a decade," said Maritime Administrator William G. Schubert. "Working in cooperation with Congress and other government agencies has provided us the flexibility required to ensure that we can remove ships from the James River Reserve Fleet in an expeditious and cost effective manner."

Awards to two domestic facilities preceded this announcement. ESCO Marine of Brownsville, TX was awarded contracts earlier this month to dismantle three ships and Marine Metals of Brownsville, TX recently completed dismantling two vessels from the James River Reserve Fleet. Together, with the PRP contract, the combined awards will remove fifteen high priority ships from the James River Reserve Fleet. MarAd has also recently initiated PRDA negotiations with another domestic contractor to remove four additional ships from the James River site.

The PRP proposal that utilizes the Able UK facility was selected under a best value basis consistent with Federal Acquisition Regulation. MarAd expects to issue more awards through the Program Research and Development Announcement proposals the agency has already received and future Invitations for Bid. PRDA proposals were submitted to MarAd beginning in November 2001 through a series of proposal submission periods that were widely advertised and circulated.

MarAd received 77 PRDA proposals from both foreign and domestic interests and will continue to negotiate selected provisionally accepted proposals. Future solicitations from MarAd can be tracked on

Maritime Reporter September 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Ship Repair & Conversion

ECDIS Ordered for 20 Indonesia Surveillance Vessels

Transas ECDIS has been selected for installation on board 20 surveillance vessels under operation of the Directorate General of Marine Resources and Fisheries Surveillance,

Towering Damen Marine Components Hits 150‏

Damen Marine Components (DMC), the oldest company in Damen Shipyards Group, celebrates its 150th anniversary today. DMC has grown from a very small shipyard established in Gorinchem in 1865,

MARAD Backs Emissions Reduction Projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced it will provide more than $1 million to support the development of two new emission-reducing maritime solutions.


Servowatch IPMS Completes FATs for UK Navy

The fully integrated platform management system Servowatch designed and built for three new offshore patrol vessels for the U.K. Royal Navy has completed BAE Systems’ Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT).

Steel Cut on UK Navy’s Newest Warship

Construction has begun on a new warship for the U.K. Royal Navy as the Minister of State for Defense Procurement, Philip Dunne MP cut the first steel in Glasgow today.

U.S. Will Dispatch Warships to South China Sea

The United States is expected to sail warships close to China's artificial islands in the South China Sea within the next two weeks to signal it does not recognize

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1165 sec (9 req/sec)