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Photographer:Michael Martin [View profile]Title:Gulf MerchantAdded:Dec 28, 2008
Captured:IMO:6420525Hits:3,214
Photo Category: Scrapyard Ships
Description:
The Gulf Merchant, T-AK-5046 at ESCO Marine in the Brownsville Ship Channel on the 26th December, 2008.

Principal Particulars:
Built 1965 Avondale Shipyard, New Orleans, LA
LOA: 494 ft
Breadth: 69 ft
Draft: 32 ft
GRT: 9460
Vessel Identification
Name:Gulf Merchant
IMO:6420525
Technical Data
Vessel type:General Cargo
Gross tonnage:8,988 tons
Summer DWT:11,550 tons

Additional Information
Status:Dead
Build year:1964
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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William C. Daugherty on Feb 14, 2009 23:14 (8 years ago)
Thanks.
Michael Martin on Feb 11, 2009 22:55 (8 years ago)
ABS has a separate MODU code for all Mobile Offshore Drilling Units, with significant differences from the Steel Vessel Rules.
William C. Daugherty on Feb 11, 2009 03:27 (8 years ago)
I've been trying to get a hold of an ex marine engineer turned surveyor who has surveyed sisterships of the one above, but he hasn't checked in, last I checked.

I'm still perplexed, because even if they stich welded parts of them, the ships in question were nowhere near a priority for scrapping, based on MARAD's own ranking. This would seem to suggest that if it could have been a problem, it hadn't become one yet. The following report is an older one, which includes these ships, it has the ships arranged first by fleet, and then by ship from worst condition (lowest priority #) to best condition (highest #) under the heading of "priority"

At issue are the now gone (all but one in each case) Lykes Lines gulf pride C3-S-37c's and Moore-McCormack C3-S-33a's: https://voa.marad.dot.gov/programs/ship_disposal/standing_quot/docs/Obsolete%20Non-Ret%20Vessels%20for%20SQ%2002-8-2005.pdf

They were evidently some of the best ships in the fleet.

And to my knowledge, the Navy / MSC wants and has new ships because they don't want breakbulk cargo ships anymore, hence all those huge ro-ro things they've built in recent years.

I'm guessing that these ships were built under ABS rules, but does anyone know if the same rules that apply to semi-submersibles also apply to ships?
Michael Martin on Jan 05, 2009 15:17 (8 years ago)
Having worked on a few semi submersibles built at Avondale and seeing their transverse frame welding style - which at that time allowed stitch-welding, I expect you can't see most of the worst corrosion. Stitch-welding allows for crevice corrosion between the transverse ring girders and the sideshell, bottom shell and main deck. Lots of expensive problems maintaining that if at some point the maintenance and upkeep lagged. Of course, it's all just speculation on my part. Maybe the pressure to get rid of them is to force MARAD to built new ships for the MSC. It looks like the yards who exclusively do Gov't work maybe drying up for new work.
William C. Daugherty on Jan 05, 2009 00:09 (8 years ago)
Just think, if they hadn't scrapped her so soon, she could have started rusting one day! Quite a number of the Washington State ferries, even the biggest and newest, show quite a bit of corrosion. Much more than her.
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