MISSION SANTA YNEZ April 10, 2010. Photo copyright Andrew Dyer

MISSION SANTA YNEZ in San Francisco Drydock April 3, 2010. Photo courtesy Anh Nguyen and Marco Souza

Updated from March 30, the MISSION SANTA YNEZ, a 1943- built T-2 tanker that has been in the Suisuin Bay Reserve Fleet since 1975, is now in a San Francisco dry dock being prepared for her tow to Texas, for recycling. According to the Maritime Administration’s acting administrator, David Matsuda, it will cost US$1.5 million to clean and deliver  ship.

Following a lengthy legal dispute over the decaying “mothball fleet” in Suisuin Bay there has been an out of court agreement which paves the way for the federal government to dispose of more than 50 obsolete vessels while ensuring that flaking paint and toxic substances will no longer pollute San Francisco’s surrounding bays. This could encourage local ship recycling and perhaps see the Mare Island dry docks reopened, resulting in a boost to the Bay Area economy.

(Thanks for Anh Nguyen and Marco Souza for searching for the MISSION SANTA YNEZ, the last T-2 tanker,  to photograph her for MaritimeMatters)


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