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Texas recycler secures shipbreaking pact

Keywords: Tags  scrap, All Star Metals, Scrap Metal Services, U.S. Navy, shipbreaking, Sean Davidson


NEW YORK — All Star Metals LLC has won a U.S. Navy contract to dismantle and recycle inactive aircraft carriers over the next five years.

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 Navy’s facility security clearance, which is required prior to a contract award.

The award of contracts for two additional carriers—ex-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 weren’t disclosed.

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 complete.

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 Navy’s inactive ship site in Philadelphia before year-end.

The ex-USS Forrestal, the first of the country’s "supercarriers," was decommissioned Sept. 11, 1993, after more than 38 years in service.


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