NS (Nuclear Ship) Savannah, First Commercial Nuclear-Powered Cargo Vessel, Designed And Used To Dump Liquid Nuclear Waste Into Ocean
NS (Nuclear Ship) Savannah had to be backed into berths at harbors to keep the nuclear reactor ‘away from shore’. The Atoms For Peace nuclear ship building program proved one thing; that nuclear ships are VERY expensive and dangerous. Disastrous things can happen if things go wrong with a ship that is powered by nuclear energy. They all pose a terror risk, whether out on the ocean, or tied up near a city. No one in their right mind wants anything to do with or have it in their city, just in case something really bad goes wrong.
This extremely expensive ship for her day carried passengers for less than three years and within ten years from her maiden voyage in 1962 she was already out of service and has been laid up ever since!
Her two “De Laval” Steam Geared Turbine Engines used one “Babcock & Wilcox” Pressurised Water Nuclear Reactor that used Uranium Oxide fuel (4% enriched U-235) developing a reactor rating of 74MW that drove her single screw, which gave her a service speed of 21 knots, but achieved a maximum of 24 knots during her sea tails. The Savannah was built at a considerable cost for the day of US $46.9 million, which included US$28.3 million for the nuclear reactor and fuel core, making her one of the most expensive ships of her time!
NS (Nuclear Ship) Savannah, the first commercial nuclear-powered cargo vessel, is seen here heading to the World’s Fair in Seattle. Built in the late 1950s at a cost of $47 million, including a $28 million nuclear reactor and fuel core, the Savannah was a demonstration project for the potential use of nuclear energy. She was launched in July 1959 and named for the SS Savannah, the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. NS Savannah was in service between 1962 and 1972 as one of only four nuclear-powered merchant ships ever built. Photo courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration
SAVANNAH DUMPED MORE THAN 115,000 GALLONS OF RADIOACTIVE LIQUID GARBAGE AT SEA, SUFFERED VALVE LEAKS, THEN PUT INTO DRY DOCK, NEVER USED AGAIN
Donna Gilmore April 16, 2015
The Savannah was designed to contain more than 10,000 gallons of liquid radioactive waste (at least 100 days accumulation). However, actual waste output initially exceeded storage capacity. During her first year in operation, she released more than 115,000 gallons of radioactive waste at sea.
Modifications were made later to bring the amount of waste resulting from valve leaks in line with the ship’s onboard storage capacity. When operating properly, radioactive wastes were stored in the ship until disposal could be arranged at a licensed facility, or it could be discharged to its special servicing barge, the N.S.V. (Nuclear Servicing Vessel) Atomic Servant.
Where is this waste now?
TheCompleteStory April 17, 2015
Where is this waste now you ask Donna? Our oceans have been the dumping ground for radioactive waste for decades. The nuke ship I was on had only one restriction on dumping radioactive resins into Davey Jones locker. The ship had to be at least 12 miles from the nearest land. Our vast nuclear submarine fleet had the same “restriction”. Lord knows what restrictions other countries had with regard to dumping waste into the sea. You never hear talk of all this nuclear dumping, all this littering of our planet. What you do hear is that the two nuclear subs we lost at sea, the Thresher and the Scorpion, are resting peacefully at the bottom of the sea and that there is no radioactive leakage from their nuclear reactors. You talk about us getting the mushroom treatment and not getting even half the truth. I guess if we knew the extent of this nuclear conspiracy, to keep the dark side of nuclear from us, the public would have rebelled years ago. This sad, sick nuclear industry has got to go.
CaptD April 16, 2015
Left unsaid is that the NS (Nuclear Ship) Savannah proved that using nuclear propulsion was far to expensive to pencil out, even back then, which is why the Navy is the only ones that can afford to have Nuclear powered vessels, since cost is not an issue despite what tax payers are told. Perhaps the NS Savannah was the tipping point for using Nuclear, the Nuclear Industry just has not accepted the fact since they, like the Navy, have friends in powerful positions that have pushed using Nuclear despite the risks and costs to mankind.
Other info on Nuclear Ship (NS) Savannah from Wikipedia…”However it was noted that “Savannah was excluded from ports in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.” Perhaps one could understand at the time Japan’s reluctance to have anything nuclear visiting their country. Then the [Japanese] turn around and built 40 or so nuke plants. Then the TMI, Chernobyl, and Fukushima nuke plant accidents. And all [Japanese] reactors have been shutdown since 3/11/11. Too bad Japan didn’t stick to “no nukes are good nukes” back then?!
Moderator; Yes, the Savannah is located in the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, under a long-term lay berth contract with Canton Marine Terminals. According to its web site, the Maritime Administration intends to maintain the Savannah in protective storage for some years into the future. Under current law and regulation the decommissioning process must be completed and the Savannah’s operating license terminated by December 2031.”
VIRTUAL TOUR OF NS SAVANNAH
Savannah was a signature element of President Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace program. She was constructed as a joint project of the former Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and the Maritime Administration. She operated from 1962 to 1965 in experimental service, at which time the AEC issued her commercial operating license number NS-1. Savannah continued in demonstration service as a cargo ship until 1970 when she ended her active career. She was defueled in 1971 and her reactor made permanently inoperable in 1975-76. About 95% of the power plant is intact and remains onboard ship.Savannah is still licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC is the successor to the AEC), and will remain so until nuclear decommissioning
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Purser’s Office and Reception Area
Veranda, Dance Floor, and Bar
Passenger Stateroom, and Crew’s Berthing
Galley, Another View, and Butcher Shop.
Bridge, Radio Room, Emergency Generator, another view.
Containment Vessel Airlock and, Forward Access to Containment Vessel
Containment Vessel Forward of Reactor, and view from B-Deck
Containment Vessel Control Rod Mechanism (top of reactor)
Containment Vessel Aft of Reactor
Under the Containment Vessel
Engine Room, CO2 Room
Engine Room Lower Deck, Throttleman’s Station, Another View
Fin Stabilizer, Buffer Seal Pumps
WHY DIDN’T THIS OR OTHER NUCLEAR CARGO SHIPS EVER BECOME COMPETITIVE, HAVE COPIES MADE OR BECOME PROFITABLE?
This ship could only hold 8,500 tons of freight, and ships that competed with her could handle several times that much freight. Loading and unloading was a chore, because of the hull design. The crew had to be larger, due to the nuclear power component, making the ship non competitive that way as well. The ship also needed a permanent nuclear energy trained crew on shore plus a highly specialized shore facility dedicated to maintenance, repairs and handling the port visits in foreign countries. No other merchant ship needed all of this ‘special treatment’.
The maintenance and on board crew all needed special additional nuclear energy training beyond the normal maritime licensing requirements, and the nuclear industry tried hard to run a lot of students through this training to get the nuclear ships industry off the ground, but it never happened due to the huge expense and numerous health risks involved.
Because the ship needed special parts, not available as a standard package designed for any ship, the cost of maintenance and repairs was greatly increased, which also meant the ship was not competitive. Combined with a larger then normal crew, and needing special labor just to man this ship, this sunk the prospects for nuclear ships. The costs and risks of nuclear ships meant that only the military could afford to run them, and to take the huge risks that nuclear ships pose. The civilian fleet of ships never adopted or used nuclear energy for a very good reason, just like nuclear powered cars, trains, planes and jets were also never used, despite being researched and built as pilot projects like this ship was in the Atoms For Peace propaganda campaign during Eisenhowers reign.
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NO WAY TO GET RID OF OR DISMANTLE NUCLEAR POWERED SHIPS, NO PLAN ON WHAT TO DO WITH THE RADIOACTIVE GARBAGE COMING OUT OF ALL NUCLEAR REACTORS
This film tells about the most dangerous ship in the Northern Europe called Lepse. The ship, which stores onboard tones of spent nuclear fuel, has become a grave illustration of the problems haunting the Russian nuclear fleet and the international efforts aimed at solving those problems.
This same story could be told about the Savannah. It is also a nuclear waste dumping ship, with the same issues of contaminating sailors and people on shore, nuclear contamination of the ship, etc.
The reasons why these ships are just sitting around in port and not being decommissioned or dismantled is because it is so expensive, that no one wants to spend the money on it. A nuclear ship cannot just be cut apart and recycled. The nuclear reactor cannot just be dumped at sea, or lifted out of the ship easily.
JUST DISPOSING OF RADIOACTIVE GARBAGE FROM THIS SHIP COULD EASILY EXCEED THE ORIGINAL BUILD COST
The expense of dismantling this ship is huge, and millions have been spent just studying and getting ready for it. Nothing has been done with the radioactive garbage on this ship yet, because it is too hot and probably contaminated from the ‘leaky valves’ when they were dumping liquid radioactive waste into the ocean.
There is no answer for radioactive garbage anywhere. This is why they were dumping it in the ocean with this ship. Just get this stuff out of sight, out of mind, and let Nature deal with it.
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All the pro nuclear apologists can do is gush on and on about the ‘technology’. They ignore the human cost and toll. They don’t show you the children of the people working in these ships, or in related industries, such as uranium mining, processing, ‘recycling’ etc. This is the cost and consequence of the nuclear ship industry on a human level; https://youtu.be/hhpkJsvgNuk?t=12s
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