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Bay Bridge LLC

Bay Bridge LLC is one of the only six certified "green" ship-breaking yards in the US. This has contributed to its success in bidding and obtaining vessels owned by the Navy and Maritime Administration. The facility is located at Chesapeake, Virginia and comprises of one main slip of 1200 feet length and one drag up slip and back-up area. The facility is capable of undertaking demolition of 3 to 5 vessels simultaneously depending on size. It also caters to the ship repairing requirements of small and mid-sized vessels.

Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) was laid down on 7 September 1954 by the Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS. The ship, designed to carry cargo and craft for amphibious landings, was retired by the Navy in 1989. In 1994 the South Florida Community organized the very difficult process to turn Spiegel Grove into the greatest artificial reef in the US. Divers from all over the World have been anticipating the placement of the Spiegel Grove. But Federal Agencies involved in the required approvals for the proposed placement of the former Navy ship Spiegel Grove as an Artificial Reef in the waters off Key Largo, FL were wrapped up in red tape after four years.

After eight years of negotiation, the Spiegel Grove was slated to become the largest ship to ever be intentionally scuttled as an artificial reef. In 1999 MARAD transfered ownership of Spiegel Grove to the state of Florida. The steam turbine-powered ship was sent to be cleansed of all residual petroleum products and other possible environmental contaminants. In February 2001 Ocean Reefs Inc. was contracted to clean the Spiegel Grove. Spiegel Grove was towed from the James River to Accurate Marine Shipyard near Norfolk, VA., for cleaning by Ocean Reefs Inc. on June 13, 2001. But Ocean Reefs abandoned the project in September 2001 citing a lack of company resources.

In January 2002 the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce signed a new contract to clean Spiegel Grove with Bay Bridge Enterprises, and cleaning began immediately. Employees of Bay Bridge Enterprises spent 28,000 hours cleaning and preparing the ship to be sunk. They removed approximately 400,000 linear feet of cable and flushed 110 fuel tanks so the half-dozen government agencies inspecting the vessel would give it environmental approval for sinking. Bay Bridge staffers also removed electronic equipment, vent gaskets and any other items that, like the wires, insulation and ductwork, could possibly contain PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).

Once it was determined pristine enough to become a marine habitat, the retired vessel was anchored six miles off the coast of Key Largo, in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The 510-foot Spiegel Grove is the largest ever intentionally scuttled to create an artificial reef. On 17 May 2002, the Spiegel Grove began to sink prematurely, sending 40 crewmembers rushing to safety. The retired 510-foot Landing Ship Dock prematurely sank and rolled over 17 May 17, 2002, leaving its upside-down bow protruding from the water. Three weeks later, a salvage team managed to fully sink the vessel, but on its right side instead of its keel. The ship came to rest on the sandy bottom off Key Largo in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

A public opening of the new reef was further delayed by a mysterious fuel sheen. Now fuel-free, the ship was dedicated as an artificial reef on June 26, 2002.

In the wake of Hurricane Dennis, a miscue with the largest intentionally sunk ship in the world was found Monday to have been put right. The former USS Spiegel Grove, now serving as artificial reef on the bottom in 130 feet of water off Key Largo, flipped upright as the core of the storm passed well over 200 miles to the west. It's a position project organizers wanted from the outset. The Spiegel Grove is the most popular artificial wreck in the Florida Keys, home at least 166 different fish species.

Bay Bridge Enterprises is the only Virginia yard that won a contract in 2003 from the U.S. Maritime Administration to break Ghost Fleet ships with money approved on Capitol Hill. During 2003 Bay Bridge Enterprises of Chesapeake, Virginia, was awarded contracts by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for five ships, $2,763,082. During 2003 Bay Bridge Enterprises of Chesapeake, Virginia, was awarded contracts by the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for five ships, $2,763,082. On October 30, 2003 the sixth ship to leave the James River Fleet since October, the 1945-vintage cargo ship Marine Fiddler, was towed from Newport News, Virginia, to be dismantled at Bay Bridge Enterprises in Chesapeake, Virginia. Bay Bridge, along with its New Jersey-based environmental specialist, Clean Venture, has bid to dismantle up to seven more ships 2004.

The state initially wanted Bay Bridge Enterprises to apply for an individual environmental permit for the shipbreaking a process that could have taken months since the yard had almost no experience with shipbreaking.

In 2003 Bay Bridge Enterprises proposed using Virginia prison inmates to do much of the work under a federal contract to tear apart the Ghost Fleet. The company would train, house, feed and pay them. The combined benefits would be close to minimum wage -- more than they are paid in prison for stamping license plates. The company said the inmates would learn marketable trades, doing real work while performing a valuable service. While the inmates were dismantling the Ghost Fleet, the state budget would be relieved of the cost of incarceration.

In June 2005 Adani Virginia Inc acquired 100% ownership interest of Bay Bridge Enterprises, LLC. Adani Virginia Inc., incorporated in the State of Virginia, USA in 2005, marks the Adani Group's foray in the US ship recycling market. Adani Virginia Inc is a 100% subsidiary of Adani Global FZE, Dubai and serves as the holding company for present and future US operations of the group.

The Adani Global is organized under the "T E A M S" structure (T : textiles group; E : energy group; A : agro group; M : minerals group; S : service group) correctly amplifying the required cohesiveness of a knowledge based and people driven entity. It is Company's continuous endeavor to explore new opportunities for long-term growth by synergising and blending its multiple core competencies. Amid the strong performance, the Company's strategy to address new market needs and capitalize on new opportunities has been meeting with considerable success.

The Adani Group's corporate ideology originates from the calculated adventurism of Gautam Adani, the group chairman. His daredevil sense of enterprise was the guiding spirit behind the rise of the Adani Group from a Rs 2 crore unit to a Rs 13,500-crore behemoth in just over a decade. With his brothers Rajesh Adani and Vasant Adani, he makes a dynamic trio of corporate generals.

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