Texas site chosen for ship scrapping.Not that long ago, the dismantling and scrapping of shipping and Naval vessels seemed destined des·tine
tr.v. des·tined, des·tin·ing, des·tines
1. To determine beforehand; preordain: a foolish scheme destined to fail; a film destined to become a classic.
2. to head overseas, but a recent contract has kept a portion of this market in U.S. ports.
The Maritime Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation (MARAD) has announced that three ships from its James River James River
or Dakota River
River in the U.S. rising in central North Dakota and flowing southeast across South Dakota. It joins the Missouri River about 5 mi (8 km) below Yankton after a course of 710 mi (1,140 km). fleet will be delivered to Marine Metals in Brownsville, Texas Brownsville is the county seat of Cameron County, Texas, United States, the southernmost city in Texas. As of 2005, U.S. Census estimates put Brownsville at a population of 167,493. . The contract, swarded Sward´ed
a. 1. Covered with sward. in August, is for $3.1 million.
The three vessels, the Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, city, United States
Santa Cruz (săn`tə krz), city (1990 pop. 49,040), seat of Santa Cruz co., W Calif., on the north shore of Monterey Bay; inc. 1866. , the Mormacmoon and the American Banker, are part of a 60-vessel fleet in the James River that needs to be scrapped.
Since announcing plans to have the "Ghost Fleet" scrapped, MARAD has been beset by opposition from environmentalists claiming that transporting the vessels violates environmental regulations, as they say the vessels contain significant amounts of hazardous materials, including PCBs.
Twelve obsolete ships have left the James River in the last 15 months for facilities in the United Kingdom, Chesapeake, Va., and Brownsville, Texas.