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Marine Log

September 9, 2007

Marad awards $4.1 million N.S. Savannah contract

The U.S. Maritime Administration has awarded a $4,111,670 contract to the Norfolk Ship Repair Unit of BAE Systems for drydocking and maintenance on the National Historic Landmark vessel N.S. Savannah.

The Savannah, the world's first nuclear-powered merchant ship, is currently moored at the BAE facility. All nuclear fuel was removed from the Savannah more than 30 years ago.

The major work to be done on the Savannah is a full surface preparation and coating of the ship's exterior from top to bottom. Other work includes detailed inspection of the ship's double bottom ballast tanks, repairs to the ship's cargo hatch covers, and minor exterior repairs to ensure the weather tight integrity of the ship. The ship's propeller will be removed during the drydocking as well.

These repairs are in preparation for the eventual dismantling and disposal of the remnants of the ship's nuclear power plant.

The Savannah is expected to remain at the BAE facility into the early part of 2008.

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