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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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    Carrier scrapping plans advance

    The lawsuit which started after the cleaning of the hull of the Independence concluded 29th January. A ten year moratorium has been agreed on in water cleaning which applies to all six inactive ships currently moored at PSNS. While the moratorium lasts any ship removed must be cleaned in drydock.

    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...n-puget-sound/

    This ties in with a post place on the SAM.gov website in November 2019 which stated:

    The Naval Sea Systems Command is conducting market research to determine industry capability and interest in performing the towing and dismantlement/disposal of ex-KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and ex-JOHN F KENNEDY (CV 67).

    Indicated years were FY2020 for CV63 and FY2021 for CV67. Replies were required by 4th December.

    https://beta.sam.gov/opp/c2b91ed45c5...r_values=false

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    Reportedly, the Dino Chouest is on her way to Bremerton to pick up Kitty Hawk for her tow to Brownsville and scrapping. Dino Chouest just exited the Panama Canal. Dino Chouest last towed Independence from Bremerton to Brownsville.
    https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais...l:DINO_CHOUEST

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    The recycling contract for the Kitty Hawk hasn't been issued yet. There will be a competition starting this month for CV63 and CV67 with the intention of issuing a separate award for each carrier. The announcement dated 7th April can be found here:

    https://beta.sam.gov/opp/eed1a0e23ab...n_id=300000188

    One point to note is that the caisson for drydock 6 at PSNS is due to be towed to Vigor's shipyard for overhaul sometime in July and won't return for several months at least. Fitting the cleaning of the Kitty Hawk in before the caisson is removed seems difficult unless the recycling contract is issued pretty quickly. And the ship must be cleaned in drydock before it can leave.
    Last edited by tyrosalt; 07 Apr 20, at 23:40.

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