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SS Scan (AK-5018)

Northern Light Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1961 as SS Mormacscan, a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-33a) hull, under Maritime Administration contract (MA hull 76), at Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched in 1961
  • Delivered to Moore-McCormack Lines, 30 June 1961
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 3 December 1976, for bare bottom charter to States Steamship Co.
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 28 February 1977 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Renamed SS Scan and designated (AK-5018), 27 May 1977
  • SS Scan (AK-5018) could be activated in 30 days
  • Downgraded to the MARAD National Defense Reserve Fleet, 1 October 2001
  • Sold for scrapping, 24 August 2007, to North American Ship Recycling, Sparrows Point, MD., as part of a five ship contract for $2,161,610
  • Final Disposition, scrapping contact re-awarded to Marine Metals Inc of Brownsville Dec 21, 2007, as part of the three ship deal (Pride, Scan and Cape Charles) for just over $1.4 Million after North American Ship Recycling defaulted on contract.
    Displacement 5,873 t.(lt) 18,410 t.(fl)
    Length 486'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 31' (max.)
    Speed 16.2 kts.
    Propulsion two boilers, single steam turbine engine, one propeller

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    Merchant Service
    Scan 66k SS Mormacscan arriving at Yokohama, Japan, 16 March 1974. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    SS Scan (AK-5018)
    Scan 78k SS Scan (AK-5018) at anchor, date and place unknown. US Maritime Commission
    Scan 131k SS Scan (AK-5018) under tow, date and place unknown. US Maritime Commission

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