CAPE ALAVA


Cape_Alava_Photo_1.jpg
Year Built
1962
Official Number
289281
Shipyard
Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation
General Type
Dry Cargo
Specific Type
Break Bulk
MARAD Type
C4-S-58a
Ship Length
571.9 feet
Beam
75 feet
Mast Height
136.4 feet
Net Tons
6810 tons
Gross Tons
11310 tons
Cargo Capacity
--
Draft, Summer
30.58 tons
Draft, Lightweight
13 tons
Displacement, Summer
20110 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
7300 tons
Immersion, Summer
68 tons
Immersion, Lightweight
54 tons
Fate
Unknown

Historical Narrative



The Maritime Administration's National Register Eligibility Assessment for Cape Alava, available in the Documents section, contains a detailed history of the vessel.

Vessel Name History
1962 - 1980: African Comet
1980 - present: Cape Alava


Vessel Name History

AFRICAN COMET

CAPE ALAVA

Mission
Mission Name
Operations Desert Shield/Storm/Sortie
Historical Documents
Name Download

Milestones


Event Date Content
Acquisition
12/17/1979
Ship Name Change
4/11/1980 Ship AFRICAN COMET changes name to CAPE ALAVA
Entry
4/11/1980
Activation
11/20/1990 Activated to provide logistical support for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Arrival
1/1/1992 Arrived in Charleston South Caorlina
Interim Movement
9/24/1997 No-notice activation to NORSHIPCO
Interim Movement
9/24/1997 At NORSHIPCO under S/Y control
Interim Movement
9/30/1997 Conducting sea trial
Interim Movement
10/2/1997 Completed sea trial
Interim Movement
11/6/1997 ENRTE: JRRF
Interim Movement
11/6/1997
Interim Movement
7/11/2003 Under tow to Moon Enginerring to de-fuel
Interim Movement
7/11/2003 In for defueling
Interim Movement
7/24/2003 ENRTE: Under tow to JRRF
Interim Movement
7/24/2003 Completed de-fueling

1/7/2009 Vessel cleared NHPA processing.
Status
9/30/2013 Vessel status changed to non-retention in accordance with FY13 Downgrade Plan.
Disposal
10/31/2013 Stripping complete.

Ship Imagery




Status Cards



Documents


Date Type Name Download
12/18/2008 Cape_Alava_NHPA_History.pdf Default Generic Download Image

Plans


No documents for this vessel


Shipwreck Information


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