Two more ships leave mothball fleet

Two more ships leave mothball fleet

There are 7 comments on the The Reporter story from Dec 5, 2010, titled Two more ships leave mothball fleet. In it, The Reporter reports that:

Suisun Bay's mothball fleet is giving up two more of its ghosts, as the SS American Racer and SS American Reliance depart.

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RicknVaca

Menlo Park, CA

#1 Dec 5, 2010
The job of dismantling the old ships could have been done right here in the bay area and created jobs for the local economy. But we tow the ships through the Panama Canal and on to Texas at whos knows the cost. Nice going!!!
Harold Bolquist

Courtland, CA

#2 Dec 5, 2010
Whatever happened to the concern "carbon footprint"? How much fuel does an ocean going tug burn between here and Texas? How many jobs were lost here? What were the fees we pay to other countries to transit the Panama Canal? The list goes on, the stupidity never stops! Thank you Washington and Sacramento!
Vacaville ISP

Vacaville, CA

#3 Dec 5, 2010
First you complain about the ships sitting around for decades, now you complain about how they are dismantled, then you complain about the carbon footprint.

In your world how should this have been handled?
Native Californian

Vacaville, CA

#4 Dec 5, 2010
I thought they were going to be dismantled at Mare Island? Wasn't there an article a few months back about some ship yard setting up shop there and towing them to Vallejo to be dismantled there? There was hype about it creating jobs here and all.
Now this bull pucky about scrubbing them in S.F. then towing them thousands of miles around the globe to Texas to be dismantled there? WTF?
John

San Jose, CA

#6 Dec 5, 2010
Native Californian wrote:
I thought they were going to be dismantled at Mare Island? Wasn't there an article a few months back about some ship yard setting up shop there and towing them to Vallejo to be dismantled there? There was hype about it creating jobs here and all.
Now this bull pucky about scrubbing them in S.F. then towing them thousands of miles around the globe to Texas to be dismantled there?****?
Won't be happening anytime soon as breaking ships in California would be to expensive due to forced compliance with various state and federal environmental, clean water and Coastal Commission regulations and restrictions.

Maybe a lot of these stupid laws will be repealed once the United States becomes an impoverished Third World nation.

Since: Nov 10

Fremont, CA

#7 Dec 5, 2010
No matter what everybody thinks about where the ships are being dismantled, thank God they are being moved out. If we waited for the permits to be issued before the ships could be moved to a local salvage facility, the mothballed ships would be in Benicia another 5 or 6 years, maybe never. I heard some time ago that some of these were to be cleaned and sunk after being towed to other locations around the world to establish artificial reefs.
oldkayaker

Hayward, CA

#8 Jul 18, 2012
Maybe the Mare Island facility can not win contracts and the Texas facility is a low bidder.

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