Signet tows aircraft carrier to texas scrap yard

In late August the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga began its voyage to ESCO Marine in Brownsville, Texas, where her 59,000 tons of steel will be recycled. Signet Maritime Corp.’s 143’5″x50’x18′ ABS-classed 10,000-hp offshore towing vessel Signet Warhorse III handled the Saratoga tow. The Signet Warhorse III has a bollard pull of 135 MT. The tow originated in Newport, R.I., and was headed for Brownsville, Texas. The voyage was expected to take more than three weeks at a speed of 6 knots, covering a total of 2,120 nautical miles. The tug’s nine-person crew departed Signet’s ocean transport base in Port Fourchon, La., on Aug. 5, completing a Major Project Risk Assessment (MPRA) upon arrival. As WorkBoat went to press, Signet Warhorse III was expected to arrive in Brownsville with the USS Saratoga in tow on Sept. 10.


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