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SS Banner (AK-5008)


Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down (date unknown) as SS Export Banner a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-46a) hull under MARAD contract (MA hull 78) at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
  • Delivered, 16 October 1961, to the Maritime Administration to be operated by American Export Lines
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet in 1982, redesignated SS Banner (AK-5008)
  • Banner could be activated for service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) in 30 days and was operated under contract by Pacific-Gulf Marine, Inc., of Gretna, LA.
  • When activated Banner was one of the Military Sealift Commands MSC's twenty-five breakbulk cargo ships
  • Banner was withdrawn from MSC's Ready Reserve Force (RRF) and downgraded to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 1 October 2001
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 December 2007, to ESCO Marine, Brownsville TX., for $532,276
    Specifications:
    Displacement 10,700 t.(lt) 23,500 t.(fl)
    Length 493' 1"
    Beam 73' 2"
    Draft 30' 6" (max.)
    Speed 18.5 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 11,000 t. gross, (663,069 cu. ft.) dry cargo, 25,002 cu. ft. refrigerated cargo, 12,000 bbls liquid
    Complement Full Operating Status 39
    Propulsion 2 steam turbine, twin screws

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    MARAD Ready Reserve
    Banner 43k SS Banner (5008) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration
    Banner 122k SS Banner (AK-5008) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration
    Banner 120k SS Banner (AK-5008) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration
    Banner 1176k Ex-SS Banner (AK-5008) sits at Esco Marine, Port of Brownsville, TX., 28 January, 2008. having just arrived from the Beaumont National Defense Reserve Fleet. Photo ©Michael Martin of Houston, TX. TJ Tropea

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