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SS United States Supporters Push for NY Return

SS United States: Photo CCL

The 'SS United States' - America's Flagship - is making her final push to return home to New York with a DAY OF ACTION on Thursday, 4, September in Manhattan that will also feature an announcement by a developer interested in re-purposing the historic ship into a major waterfront destination, says the SS United States Conservancy organization. The SS United States redevelopment will create more than 2000 jobs and generate significant revenue for the city. Volunteers will be handing…

SS United States Will Not Return to Service

SS United States sits out of commission in Philadelphia. (Photo: SS United States Conservancy)

A comprehensive technical feasibility study has determined the SS Unites States to be structurally sound, but a number of insurmountable obstacles will keep America’s Flagship from returning to seagoing service. In February, Crystal Cruises reached a deal with the SS United States Conservancy to restore what was once the world’s fastest, safest and largest passenger liner to a fully operational modern luxury cruise ship, pending the results of a technical feasibility study. Now…

SS United States’ Propeller May be Scrapped

Once one of the world's greatest ships, the SS United States has fallen into a state of disrepair (Photo courtesy of the SS United States Conservancy)

Once a top secret, the 60,000 pound propeller from the nation’s flagship may be scrapped to raise money for the preservation of the historic vessel. On board America’s Flagship the SS United States on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 from 11-11:30 a.m., the SS United States Conservancy will announce the result of its nationwide search for a donor to save one of the historic ship’s massive five-blade propellers. The press conference and presentation will be held in front of the 60,000lb propeller on the stern of the vessel, an area of the ship rarely seen by visitors and media.

SS United States Conservancy Names Landry to Advisory Council

Washington, D.C. – As the 60th anniversary of the SS United States’ launch and record-breaking maiden voyage nears, the SS United States Conservancy announced that cruise industry veteran Joyce Landry has been named to its Advisory Council. The CEO of Miami-based Landry & Kling Inc., she is widely recognized as an innovator in the cruise industry. Landry will lend her more than 30 years of experience to the Conservancy, as momentum builds to save and repurpose America’s flagship. “We are excited to have someone as experienced and influential in the cruise industry as Joyce Landry on our growing team,” said Susan Gibbs, Executive Director of the SS United States Conservancy. “Joyce has been at the forefront of using ships for a variety of purposes.

Renewed Effort to Save SS United States

As momentum builds for the effort to save and repurpose the greatest American ocean liner ever built, the SS United States Redevelopment Project (SSUSRP) announced that it has named New Canaan Advisors LLC (NCA) as real estate advisors to a growing team leading this exciting redevelopment program. New Canaan Advisors will assist the SSUSRP on a number of aspects related to transforming the historic ship into a stationary, multi-purpose waterfront destination. The SS United States, which will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its maiden voyage this year, remains the largest passenger vessel ever constructed in the United States. At nearly 1,000 feet long, she remains the fastest ocean liner to cross the North Atlantic and one of the last surviving of the great 20th Century liners.

SS United States to Sail Again

Rendering of the restored SS United States by Crystal Cruises (Image: Crystal Cruises)

Crystal Cruises has come to the rescue of historic luxury liner SS United States, today announcing an exclusive purchase option agreement to begin work on returning America’s flagship to service as the world’s fastest cruise ship. Once the world’s fastest, safest and largest passenger liner, the historic ship still holds the transatlantic speed record, yet it has spent years mothballed at dock holding off a looming trip to the scrapyard, having last sailed under her own power more than 40 years ago.

Vedder Price Helps to Save the 'Big U'

SS United States (Photo: SS United States Conservancy)

Last October, America's Flagship, the SS United States, was on the brink of being sold for scrap metal because the SS United States Conservancy, the national nonprofit historic preservation organization that owns the iconic vessel, was running short on funds to cover the ship's expenses. However, thanks to the pro bono counsel from Vedder Price shareholder, Francis X. Nolan III, and other firms and individuals, the iconic ocean liner has been given a second life. On  February 4, 2016, the Conservancy announced an agreement granting Crystal Cruises an exclusive purchase option.

SS United States Faces Scrapping

Photo courtesy Pride International

According to the SS United States Conservancy awareness campaign, the America’s national flagship, the SS United States, is in imminent danger of being bought by scrappers. This great vessel, which still holds the trans-Atlantic speed record, may soon be destroyed. Bids for purchase of the ship by scrappers are being collected by NCL this month. The current owners of the vessel, Genting Hong Kong (formerly Star Cruises Limited), through its subsidiary, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), listed the vessel for sale in February 2009 but have not announced a purchaser to date.

SS United States Thrown a Lifeline

SS United States sits out of commission in Philadelphia. (Photo: SS United States Conservancy)

Just days away from a verdict on its ultimate fate, the historic cruise liner SS United States has received a lifeline in the form of a $150,000 donation to a fundraising effort which aims to save “America’s flagship” and restore the storied vessel to its former glory. The $150,000 contribution from cruise industry executive Jim Pollin to the SS United States Conservancy's "We are the United States" campaign has enabled the national nonprofit organization to extend its fundraising and outreach effort through mid-September.

S.S. United States Historic Ship may get a Second Lease on Life

“We are ready to save history, full speed ahead” said Susan Gibbs (left). Gibbs and Edie Rodriguez, President and CEO of Crystal Cruises, announced plans to save the SS United States at a press conference in New York.  (Photo: Eric Haun)

Crystal Cruises has come to the rescue of the historic luxury liner SS United States, announcing plans for an exclusive purchase option agreement to begin work on returning America’s flagship to seagoing service, pending a technical feasibility study. Launched in 1952 as the fastest, largest and safest passenger liner in the world, “Big U” was regarded as an American symbol of elegance and technological prowess, capturing the transatlantic speed record on her maiden voyage and transporting more than one million passengers over her lifetime, including four U.S.

SS UNITED STATES Project Releases RFQ

RFQ is First in Two-Step Process to Find Developers to Repurpose America’s Flagship. With all the buzz surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, it’s full steam ahead to give the greatest American ocean liner a new lease on life as a 21st Century waterfront destination. The SS United States Redevelopment Project (SSUSRP) is proud to announce the release of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) as part of an aggressive process to identify a developer to repurpose America’s flagship and one of the most historic vessels afloat. The SS United States, which will celebrate the 60th anniversary of its maiden voyage this year, remains the largest passenger vessel ever constructed in the United States.

Something Old, Something New ...

Greg Trauthwein

I must admit that exploring the historical nature of our business is one of my favorite endeavors, and this month we are pleased to continue our series of articles in celebration of our 75th anniversary. Patricia Keefe again graces our pages with her overview of the creation and fate of what is arguably the greatest if not most famous ship in the history of U.S. shipbuilding, the passenger liner SS United States. The SS United States is one of those ships that  has intricately interwoven itself into the culture of this industry…

SS United States: When Washington Got Things Done

Susan Gibbs With Dedication Plaque

Susan Gibbs is the Executive Director of the SS United States Conservancy and granddaughter of William Francis Gibbs, designer of America’s Flagship. Here Ms. Gibbs shares her opinions on the intersection of U.S. politics and America’s historical flagship, SS United States, while addressing the American condition, past and future. With the government shutdown having sent Washington into a tailspin, validating Americans’ disdain for beltway politics, you can’t help but think about a time in our history when people believed government actually worked.

SS United States: Leading Lady to Damsel in Distress

This is now ... United States seen from S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia.

Once queen of the express liners, and the fastest, safest and biggest passenger liner in history, the SS United States today quietly awaits rescue from a pending cruise to the scrapyard. The Big Ship the Big U, the one that didn’t sink. The S.S. She is waiting for a rescue that may never come from an appointment with the scrap yard looming large on her summer schedule. And that would be a shame according to her many supporters, not the least of which was the late newsman and sailor, Walter Cronkite.

'SS United States' Preservation Cash-strapped

SS United States: Photo credit Wikimedia CCL

The 'SS United States' is sending out what may be its final distress call. The conservancy working to secure a home and purpose for the 990-foot-long ship tells the Associated Press that it could be sold for scrap within two months unless they can raise $500,000 immediately so they can continue negotiations with several parties. Money and time are running out for the historic ocean liner, which carried princes, presidents and celebrities across the Atlantic Ocean in the 1950s and 1960s. The historic trans-Atlantic liner has been berthed on the Philadelphia waterfront since 1996.

US Dredging Invests in American Workers, Safe Navigation Channels

MAGDALEN (Photo courtesy of  AMP)

The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, has highlighted the U.S. dredging industry’s commitment to build and maintain safe, efficient and cost-effective navigation channels in the nation’s inland waterways and ports. The recent deliveries of four state-of-the-art vessels, constructed by nearly 700 American workers in U.S. shipyards, are a reflection of the U.S. dredging industry’s continued investment in building dredges with increased…

Documentary Planned on SS United States

Reston, Virginia based company, Rock Creek Productions, Inc. is producing a historical documentary entitled The Big U. The film focuses on the life and times of the superliner SS United States and her Philadelphia born designer, William Francis Gibbs. The SS United States has been on the National Register for Historic Places since 1999. The filmmakers are aiming for a 2008 national release on PBS. “I sailed on the ship when I was a little boy, and it’s remained in the back of my mind all these years. I’ve learned what an instrumental figure Gibbs was in the success of our nation’s navy fleets at a time when the United States ruled the oceans. Now it’s time for America to hear and learn about these forgotten icons,” stated Rock Creek’s Vice President and Producer/Director Tim Phillips.

SS United States: Deal Reportedly brokered to Save Historic Ship

(Image: Maritime Reporter & Engineering News)

A deal has been brokered to save the historic liner SS United States, with full details scheduled to be announced in New York City on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Once the queen of the express liners, and the fastest, safest and biggest passenger liner in history, the SS United States for years has quietly awaited rescue in Philadelphia. Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. (now Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) and designed by legendary  William Francis Gibbs (Gibbs & Cox, Inc.

Celebrity Cruises Welcomes New Infinity

Celebrity Cruises' new Infinity, the newest addition to the cruise line's fleet, today sails into San Diego, prior to tomorrow's call on Los Angeles, where the 1,950-guest Infinity will hold formal inaugural ceremonies. Accenting the interior of the ship's SS United States specialty restaurant are actual glass panels from the SS United States cruise ship, which launched in 1952 and gained fame for clocking the fastest transatlantic crossing from New York. The SS United States restaurant is Celebrity's second specialty restaurant to recapture the atmosphere of its namesake. Celebrity's Millennium, the first in Celebrity's Millennium-class fleet…

Save the 'United States' Online Campaign Launched

S.S. United States: Photo credit Carl Wesch

New interactive website to inform, raise resources, tells all about the historic ex Blue Riband holder S.S. According to organizers of the 'Save the United States Campaign' their new website blends social networking with historic preservation to raise awareness and resources for the cause of saving one of the nation’s most iconic national symbols. The groundbreaking interactive experience will create an online community committed to protecting a unique and inspiring expression of American pride and innovation.

NCL Plans SS United States Restoration

Thirt-seven years after the SS United States last sailed the seas under its own power, and four years after Norwegian Cruise Line bought the ship, a key question remains: Can the grand vessel ever make a comeback? Norwegian Cruise Line, or NCL, which bought the old Newport News-built vessel in 2003, won't reveal its plans for the ship, which likely would need hundreds of millions of dollars to refurbish. But in May, the chairman of the company that owns NCL gave boosters hope, saying "the restoration of the United States" would be the company's next project, after finishing off two planned cruise ships. Though it only carried about 2,000 passengers normally, it could be transformed into a military transport that could bring 14,000 troops to anywhere in the world in 10 days.

Nature Conservancy and USACE Announce Partnership

The Nature Conservancy and the Army Corps of Engineers announced a collaborative effort to improve the management of dams on various rivers across the country. Under the new partnership, entitled the Sustainable Rivers Project, the two organizations will work together to improve dam operations, helping to restore and protect the health of rivers and surrounding natural areas while continuing to meet human needs for services such as flood control and power generation. The partnership is one that both organizations expect will improve the quality of America’s waterways.“At the heart of this agreement is a shared vision of restoring and protecting hundreds of river miles and thousands of acres of some of our nation’s most important natural habitats…

World Seaborne Coal Trade Up in 2017

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Lidian Neeleman)

World coal seaborne trade increased by 1.5 percent last year due to a recovery in output in producer countries such as the United States, Russia and China and an accompanying rise in export activity, German coal importers lobby VDKI said on Friday. Looking ahead, Wodopia said that, price-wise, China remains in the driving seat as the size of its domestic production determines how much landed coal the country needs to import. "So far, persistent demand in Southeast Asia continues to offset declining tendencies in the Atlantic and supports coal prices," Wodopia said.

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