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    Quote Originally Posted by tyrosalt View Post
    Marad contracted All Star Metals, Brownsville to recycle the USCG cutters Iris (WLB-395) and Planetree (WLB-307) on 10th September. All Star will be paid $1,359,400.00.

    The vessels will be cleaned at Mare Island before they leave from there as a double tow.

    I will update this post as soon as I get the dates for the dry docking. The cutters have to leave within 14 days of undocking.
    Passed over the Benicia-Martinez Bridge last week. Could see the Iris and Planetree sitting off by themselves. Once they are out it looks like Suisun will be down to four ships. What a difference from the 100+ I saw in 1999.

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    Appreciate the notification that PLANETREE and IRIS are finally going to be put out of their misery. According to Joe Pecoraro, fleet manager of the SBRF: "IRIS and PLANETREE are scheduled to depart the Reserve Fleet on December 11, arriving at Mare Island Dry Dock the same day. They should be in the drydock for hull cleaning and completion of towing preparations for a few days. The tentative towing date to Brownsville for the ships is on or about December 21."

    In addition to the $1,359,400 for the recycling, the contract for cleaning, sea chest blanking and hull strengthening prior to leaving the Bay area is another $358,485. https://voa.marad.dot.gov/Solicitati...0SN%20both.pdf

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    Received a tip from a local Coast Guard Veteran that he had communicated with Mare Island Drydock LLC and the work set for PLANETREE and IRIS had been completed and both ships were floating and free of the graving dock as of yesterday. The oceangoing tug RACHEL arrived yesterday afternoon and moored at Mare Island overnight. According to the SF Bar Pilot's schedule, RACHEL departed at 0700 today, 20 DEC, with PLANETREE and IRIS in tow. This was one day ahead of the anticipated schedule as shared by MARAD's SBRF office. AIS showed tug LIBERTY assisting with the initial part of the tow as it got underway in the San Pablo Strait. ETA at the Golden Gate was appx 1140 local time based on AIS. ETA for Balboa, Panama, and the Pacific Entrance of the Canal is 12 JAN 2019. IRIS entered the SBRF following her decommissioning in 1995 and PLANETREE in 1999. It appears that the weather in the Bay area was quite foggy/hazy this morning.

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    Yes, it was foggy and hazy this morning. I crossed the Benicia Bridge at 10:00 am and noticed a hole over at Suisun.

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    Updates to MARAD Recycling news

    HRP Brownsville is recycling Ex Cape Lobos, an old RO-RO out of the Beaumont (8/2/2018) for $1,512,579

    HRP Brownsville is recycling Ex Simon Lake (Ex-AS-33), an old Sub Tender (12/10/2018) for $1,737,576

    International Shipbreaking Ltd. is recycling Ex Tripoli (Ex-LPH-13), (4/17/2018) for $1,450,000

    All Star Metal's is recycling Ex Observation Island (AGM-23), (4/3/2018) for $68,283

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