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MV Cape Ray (AKR-9679)


Cape R Class Roll-on/Roll-off ship:
  • Built in 1977 as MV Seaspeed Asia by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Japan
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Placed in commercial service, date unknown, by National Ship Co. of Saudi Arabia
  • Renamed MV Saudi Makkah, date unknown
  • Acquired, 29 April 19914, by the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration
  • Renamed MV Cape Ray, 1 February 1994
  • Assigned to MSC Ready Reserve Force, 17 December 1994, as MV Cape Ray (AKR-9679)
  • Operated under contract by Keystone Shipping Co., Bala Cynwyd, PA.
  • When activated MV Cape Ray (AKR-9679) is one of the Maritime Administrations 31 Roll-on/Roll-off Reserve Force Ships assigned to the US Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) Sealift Program Office
  • MV Cape Rise is maintained in a layberth at Portsmouth, VA. in ROS-5
    Specifications:
    Displacement 12,872 t.(lt) 35,357 t.(fl)
    Length 648'
    Beam 105' 6"
    Draft 33' (max)
    Speed 17.6 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 132,209 sq. ft.
    Complement
    Full Operational Status 25
    Reduced Operational Status 9
    Armament none
    Propulsion
    two medium speed MAN V Diesel engines
    two shaft generators and two auxiliary generators
    two propellers, 17,350shp

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    Cape Ray 18k MV Cape Ray (AKR-9679) moored in the Reserve Fleet, Portsmouth, VA., date unknown
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Cape Ray 280k MV Cape Ray (AKR-9979) moored at Moon Engineering Co, near Norfolk, VA.
    US Navy photo # 940826-N-ZZ999-101 PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Aug. 26, 1994) by Don S. Montgomery.
    Lee Wahler
    Cape Ray 32k MV Cape Ray (AKR-9679) and MV Cape Rise. (AKR-9678) moored at Moon Engineering Co, at Norfolk, VA. 13 December 2013
    US Navy photo.
    Ron Reeves
    Cape Ray 281k Aerial view of Moon Engineering Co. pier at Norfolk, VA. with various vessels tied up. From left to right is the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), the Maritime Administration Reserve Force Ships MV Cape Race (AKR-9960), MV Cape Ray (AKR-9679) and MV Cape Rise (AKR-9678)
    US Navy photo # 950122-N-ZZ999-101 PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Jan. 22, 1995) by Robert J. Sitar.
    Lee Wahler
    Cape Ray 155k MV Cape Ray (AKR-9960) departs General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk shipyard for sea trials.
    US Navy photo # 140110-N-WX580-095 PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Jan. 10, 2014) by MC3 Lacordrick Wilson.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Cape Ray 195k MV Cape Ray (AKR-9960) departs General Dynamics NASSCO-Norfolk shipyard for sea trials.
    US Navy photo # 140110-N-XB010-088 PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Jan. 10, 2014) by MCSN Desmond Parks.
    Lee Wahler
    Cape Ray 255k MV Cape Ray (AKR-9960) performs sea trials off the coast of Virginia prior to deploying to the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The Cape Ray is modified to dispose of Syrian chemical weapons in accordance with terms Syria agreed to in late 2013.
    US Navy photo # 130110-N-ZR315-101 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Jan. 10, 2014) by MC1 Isaiah Sellers.
    Lee Wahler
    Cape Ray
    140213-N-TM034-067 ROTA, Spain (Feb. 13, 2014)
    240k MV Cape Ray (AKR-9960) arrives at Naval Station Rota, Spain for a scheduled port visit. The vessel was modified to contribute to the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons joint mission to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons materials.
    US Navy photo #'s
    140213-N-TM034-067 ROTA, Spain (Feb. 13, 2014) by MCC Mikel Bookwalter
    140213-N-UI568-385 ROTA, Spain (Feb. 13, 2014) by Morgan Over
    140213-N-TM034-066 ROTA, Spain (Feb. 13, 2014) by MCC Mikel Bookwalter
    Robert M. Cieri
    Cape Ray
    140213-N-UI568-385 ROTA, Spain (Feb. 13, 2014)
    124k
    Cape Ray
    140213-N-TM034-066 ROTA, Spain (Feb. 13, 2014)
    214k
    Cape Ray 187k The Danish cargo ship MV Ark Futura transfers containers to MV Cape Ray (T-AKR 9679) at the Medcenter Container Terminal, Gioia Tauro, Italy. Cape Ray is tasked with the neutralization of specific chemical materials from Syria in accordance with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) guidelines while operating in international waters.
    US Navy photo # 140702-N-XB010-022 GIOIA TAURO, Italy (July 2, 2014) by MCSN Desmond Parks.
    Ron Reeves

    There is no DANFS history available for MV Cape Ray (AKR-9679) at NavSource
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
    U.S. Ship Readied for Chemical Weapons Mission in Mediterranean Maritime-Executive.com
    Portsmouth ship nearly ready for mission in Syria, PilotOnline.com
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    Last Updated 11 July 2014