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Throwback Thursday – The Nuclear Savannah

14698777183_cbe50c4bb1_nNS (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. Anyone know where she is moored today? Photo courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration

28 responses to “Throwback Thursday – The Nuclear Savannah

  1. Tom Conner April 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    To get a better perspective watch “Once Upon A Nuclear Ship” http://nssavannahdocumentary.com

  2. Moderator April 21, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Our ADAMS database contains all our publicly-available documents pertaining to this license. It can be found here: http://adams.nrc.gov/wba/

    Our documentation of the NS Savannah license can be accessed by selecting the Advance Search tab and under Document Properties, selecting “Docket Number” then inputting “05000238” for the value.

    Our project manager checked with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration, which owns the NS Savannah, and reported that:

    • Liquids were drained from all rad systems early on in the layup/SAFSTOR process and are long gone from the ship.
    • During operational life, it was serviced at the Todd Shipyards, in Galveston, Texas
    • All liquid wastes were processed at the shipyards and residual low-level waste solids were disposed at an authorized facility, in accordance with Texas and federal regulations and standards. Primary system fluids were sent to the Barnwell low-level waste disposal facility.

    Maureen Conley

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