NEW YORK All
Star Metals LLC has won a U.S. Navy contract to dismantle and
recycle inactive aircraft carriers over the next five
The Navy awarded the
Brownsville, Texas-based recycler a 1-cent delivery order for
dismantling and recycling decommissioned aircraft carrier
ex-USS Forrestal (AVT 59), the Naval Sea Systems
Command office of corporate communication said Oct. 22.
The token price in the
shipbreaking contract with All Star Metals, a unit of
Chicago-based Scrap Metal Services LLC, takes into account
estimated proceeds from the sale of scrap to be generated from
dismantling, it said.
The order was made
under an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for
the towing, dismantling and recycling of conventionally powered
aircraft carriers stricken from the Naval Vessel Register.
In May 2012, the Navy
sought proposals for the award of up to three contracts for
dismantling and recycling inactive aircraft carriers.
All Star Metals is the
first successful bidder to receive the Navys facility
security clearance, which is required prior to a contract
The award of contracts
for two additional carriersex-USS Saratoga (CV
60) and ex-USS Constellation (CV 64)are
pending, contingent on two other successful bidders receiving
clearances. The names of the companies werent
The volume of scrap
expected to be generated from the first aircraft carrier
awarded to All Star Metals is about 60,000 gross tons, with
dismantling and recycling expected to take about two years to
All Star Metals will
now develop its final plan to tow the vessel to its facility in
Brownsville, but the ship is expected to leave the Navys
inactive ship site in Philadelphia before year-end.
Forrestal, the first of the countrys
"supercarriers," was decommissioned Sept. 11, 1993, after more
than 38 years in service.