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After decades of service, San Francisco’s dilapidated drydock #1 is on its way to China. The massive rusting structure will be transported aboard the heavy-lift ship MV Tern to a ship recycler in Shanghai. [abcNews 7]

The crumbling drydock is maneuvered onto the heavy-lift ship MV Tern. Photo via SF Gate


abcNews 7: The Port of San Francisco’s Drydock 1, weighing in at about 4,200 tons and measuring 584-feet long and 128-feet wide, will be shipped to a green certified recycling facility near Shanghai, China, according to Coast Guard officials.

Heavy-lift ship M/V Tern. Photo via US Navy


According to a 2007 Port of San Francisco assessment of the drydock’s marine, structural and environmental issues, the drydock “shows evidence of severe deterioration and poor maintenance.”

Drydock 1 is being lifted out of the San Francisco Bay and onto a vessel to be transported to China. Photo via abcNews


According to the U.S. Coast Guard, after a couple of days of sea fastening, the vessel will depart for the recycling facility near Shanghai on Tuesday. Read more at abcNews 7 here…

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee


Image via CBC News


Saturday evening, an ocean-going tugboat, Barbara Foss successfully tethered the Russian container ship Simushir, adrift since losing power Thursday, and is towing the disabled ship away from the Canadian coast. [CBC News reports]

Canadian Coast Guard ship Gordon Reid had managed to tow the ship 24 nautical miles out to sea before the towline got detached, setting the ship adrift again for six hours Saturday.

CCGS Gordon Reid towing Simushir Friday , 17 October, 2014. Photo via Maritime Forces Pacific facebook


CBC News: A large oceangoing tugboat has arrived to help a Russian cargo ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel that is once again adrift off the west coast of Haida Gwaii.

A Canadian Coast Guard vessel began towing the incapacitated ship Friday evening, but lost the first two tow lines and then finally its third tow line late Saturday morning.

Barbara Foss. Photo by onyxman via


A spokesman with the Canadian Forces’ Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria told CBC News at 11:30 a.m. PT that the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Gordon Reid had tried three times to attach lines to the Simushir, but that all three lines had snapped.

Read more from CBC News here…

 by Mai Armstrong


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