Marine Log

August 3, 2006

Colonna's gets NS Savannah contract

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced today that it has awarded a $995,000 contract for topside work on the National Historic Landmark vessel N.S.(Nuclear Ship) Savannah to Colonna's Shipyard of Norfolk, VA.

The Savannah was built by the New York Shipbuilding Corporation at Camden, New Jersey and launched in 1962. It served as a floating museum from 1981 to 1994 in Charleston, S.C. and is currently moored at the James River Reserve Fleet site at Fort Eustis, VA.

Among the work items to be done at Colonna's are exterior structural and lighting systems repairs and remediation of water-damaged interior spaces. These repairs are part of MARAD's preparation for the dismantlement and disposal of the remnants of the ship's power plant. The date and location of the removal of the ship's reactor has yet to be determined.

The vessel's fuel was removed over 30 years ago before it became a museum.

The Savannah is scheduled to be moved from the James River site to Colonna's on or about August 15. More information on the ship and plans for its decommissioning may be found at