Maritime Administration News Release

News Release #: MARAD 12-10
Date: Jul 26 2010
Contact: MARAD Office of Public Affairs
Contact Phone: 202-366-5807

Federal Suisun Bay Cleanup Ahead of Schedule

Today’s Departure of Taluga Marks 10th Obsolete Ship to Leave Bay Area

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) is well ahead of schedule in removing obsolete U.S. ships from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet (SBRF), Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today.
Schedules agreed to in a settlement of litigation called for ten ships to be removed by Oct. 1, but today’s departure of the Taluga reaches the target two months early.

“The Obama Administration is making good on its commitment to clean up the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet,” said Secretary LaHood. “We are working to bring the fleet in line with our national goals for a safe and clean environment.”

In October 2009, Obama Administration officials directed the expedited cleanup of the fleet site and improved protection of the unique marine environment and surrounding bayside communities. Forty-seven of the fifty-seven ships slated for disposal remain in Suisun Bay.

“We are pleased with the pace of the clean up and remain focused on the safe and responsible cleaning and disposal of these ships at Suisun Bay,” said Maritime Administrator David Matsuda.

The Taluga was a Cimarron-class fleet oiler during World War II that served primarily in the Pacific theater of operations, providing petroleum products to combat ships where needed. The Florikan will be the next vessel removed from the site. It is scheduled to depart the fleet on July 27.

The Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet is one of three anchorages maintained by the Maritime Administration for national defense and national emergency purposes.