MarAd seeking steward for nuclear ship Savannah

(WASHINGTON) — The nuclear ship Savannah, a national historic landmark, is in need of a new steward.

The U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Monday posted a notice of availability/request for information for Savannah in the Federal Register. The purpose is to determine preservation interest from entities that may wish to acquire the ship. MarAd will consider a donation, a charter or lease, cooperative agreements or even partnering with another entity to maintain and operate Savannah.

U.S. Maritime Administration photo

Built in 1959, Savannah is the world’s first nuclear-powered merchant ship and served as a signature element of President Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace program. While in service, Savannah demonstrated the peaceful use of atomic power and explored the feasibility of nuclear-powered merchant vessels. It was retired from active service in 1970.

Proposals are due on or before Feb. 16, 2024. For full details, click here to read the Federal Register entry online.

MarAd will hold two meetings for interested parties beginning next month. An informational session will take place on Nov. 18 for respondents to ask questions in person, online or by phone. Site visits will also be held on Savannah on Dec. 16 and Dec. 17. RSVPs are required for both events. Contact Erhard Koehler at (202) 680-2066 or to reserve a spot.

– Steamship Historical Society of America

Caption: Nuclear merchant ship Savannah in New York City (Photo: SSHSA Archives, Braun Brothers Collection).

By Professional Mariner Staff