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All-Star Metals

On September 27, 2004 ship disposal contracts for the last four "high-priority" ships available for disposal from the government's James River Reserve fleet in Virginia were announced at Ft. Eustis, VA, keeping a promise made by the Bush Administration to move the ten worst ships in the aging fleet out of the river and on to qualified scrapyards to be dismantled. The four ships included in the announcement went to facilities in Brownsville, TX. All Star Metals was awarded three contracts, valued at over $2.4 million, to dismantle the Donner (LSD-20), the Protector and the General Nelson M. Walker (AP-125). Marine Metals was awarded a contract valued at approximately $1.1 million to dismantle the General William O. Darby. For the seventh time in less than six months, a retired ship considered a high priority for scrapping was scheduled to leave the U.S. Maritime Administration's James River Reserve Fleet on 04 January 2004. The General Nelson M. Walker, the latest in a wave of ships to leave the James River, will be towed to the All-Star Metals in Brownsville, Texas, to be dismantled. The new owners of the FERREL plan to reactivate her. Former crew member Henry "Terry" Gillikan was hired as chief engineer for reactivation and transit to Texas. The new owner is Reservoir Geophysical Corporation, which bought FERREL from All Star Metals. NOAA transferred ownership to All Star Metals in March 2005.



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