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SS Cape Avinoff (AK-5013)


Cape A Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 April 1962, as SS African Sun a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-58a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 107) at Ingalls Shipbuilding Co., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 8 December 1962
  • Delivered, 1 May 1963, to Farrell Lines
  • Title transferred, 17 December 1979, to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), Trade-in and Build Program
  • Bare-bottom charter by Farrell Lines, 17 December 1979
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, 14 April 1980
  • Renamed SS Sun, 4 August 1980
  • Named changed to Cape Avinoff, 30 December 1980
  • Assigned to the MARAD Ready Reserve Force,(RRF), laid up in a layberth at Baltimore, MD.
  • When activated Cape Avinoff (AK-5013) was assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as one of the Military Sealift Command's Modular Cargo Delivery System Ready Reserve Force (RRF) Ships
  • Cape Avinoff (AK-5013) could be activated as needed
  • Downgraded from RRF and laid up in the Maritime Administrations (MARAD) National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA. 31 March 2003
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,380 t.(lt), 21,110 t.(fl)
    Length 575'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 30' (max.)
    Speed 18.3 kts.
    Full Operating Status Complement (unknown) Civilian Mariners, Reduced Operating Status 5 maintainers
    Propulsion
    one steam turbine
    two boilers
    single propeller, 16,500shp

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    Cape Avinoff 53k SS Cape Avinoff (AK-5013) moored pierside probably at her layberth at Baltimore, MD., date unknown. US Maritime Administration
    Cape Ann 260k SS Cape Avinoff (AK-5013) and SS Cape Ann (AK-5009) moored in their layberths near Baltimore, MD. as part of the Maritime Administrations Ready Reserve Force in 1994. Photos by Cody Shaffer
    Cape Ann 144k
    Cape Avinoff 66k SS Cape Avinoff (AK-5013) under tow, date and location unknown. US Maritime Administration
    Cape Avinoff 71k SS Cape Avinoff (AK-5013) under tow, date and location unknown. US Maritime Administration
    Cape Avinoff 72k SS Cape Avinoff (AK-5013) under tow, date and location unknown. US Maritime Administration
    Cape Avinoff 30k SS Cape Avinoff (AK-5013) being moved by tugs, date and location unknown. US Maritime Administration
    MARAD James River Group Reserve Fleet
    Cape Archway 94k From left to right; SS Cape Archway, SS Cape Avinoff and SS Cape Alva laid up in the Maritime Administration's James River Reserve Fleet, 8 April 2009. Photo by Mike Hibbard

    SS Cape Avinoff (AK-5013) at Maritime Administration Vessel History Database
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