has ships coming and going and, sometimes, staying. Mare Island
As Allied Defense Recycling continues to bid unsuccessfully on contracts to recycle worn out Suisun Bay Reserve "mothball" Fleet ships,
officials are seeking ways to work around an unwelcome 70-year-old vessel. Vallejo
This week the U.S. Maritime Administration, the reserve fleet's administrator, awarded four contracts to break up mothballed ships moored off
The most recent round of bids resulted in the sales of the ships to the highest bidders, who will in turn sell off the scrap metal for profit. With many of the earlier recycling contracts, the government paid companies to dismantle the vessels due to the extensive chemical cleanup required.
and Pigeon were awarded to International Shipbreaking Ltd. for about $1.1
million and $383,000 respectively, the Pyro to Southern Recycling LLC for
nearly $1.6 million and the Mispillion to Esco Marine for more than $1.8
million, according to federal contracts. Tulare
"We're continuously increasing our bids, however, the competition is doing the same thing," said Jay Anast, company business operations/managing director. "We're close enough to continue to be hopeful."
Anast declined to reveal how close his company came to matching its competitors.
Allied Defense Recycling will be paid a total of a little more than $1.7 million to scrub the hulls of the four vessels of loose paint and marine growth before the ships depart for final dismantling elsewhere. The first ship will arrive for cleaning mid-December, with the last scheduled to leave in February, Anast said.
The company, in other news, also began using the relatively new Mare Island Railroad service to cart away ships' ballast material off-site, he said. The material is used to control the ship's floating levels.
"We hope to utilize it for other purposes in the future," Anast said.
shoreline, the extended tenure of the SS Pacific Star -- the ex-Artship -- will
mean the city must move to win a major state grant. The ship's owner is the
subject of a lawsuit resulting in the recent auctioning off of the ship for $1
to ship recycler Esco Marine. The sale, however, was blocked by a Mare Island U.S. district judge in this week after the ship's owner, International
Maritime Security Alliance, made an 11th-hour bankruptcy filing. Sacramento
During the protracted legal battle,
is faced with a
narrowing period to begin building a new ferry maintenance facility -- at the
same location as the Pacific Star. A chunk of the project's funding -- more
than $4 million -- comes from a state grant due to expire at the end of the year. Vallejo
Vallejo Public Works Director David Kleinschmidt said that the city is seeking a six-month extension on the grant from the California Transportation Commission.
The ship's removal "definitely continues to complicate our ability" to build the facility, Kleinschmidt said.
In the meantime, the city has received contractor bids on the projects this week, which will be assessed and ultimately brought before the Vallejo City Council for approval, Kleinschmidt said.
Source: Time Herald. By Jessica A. York (firstname.lastname@example.org). 03 December 2011http://www.timesheraldonline.com/ci_19462690