CAPE FLORIDA


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Year Built
1971
Official Number
530143
Shipyard
Avondale Marine Ways
General Type
Barge
Specific Type
LASH Barge
MARAD Type
--
Ship Length
820 feet
Beam
100 feet
Mast Height
142 feet
Net Tons
18710 tons
Gross Tons
26410 tons
Cargo Capacity
72332 square feet
Draft, Summer
35.08 tons
Draft, Lightweight
15.3 tons
Displacement, Summer
44606 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
18000 tons
Immersion, Summer
142 tons
Immersion, Lightweight
104 tons
Fate
Still in Govt. Service


Historical Narrative



SS Cape Florida is a Lighter Aboard Ship (LASH) barge carrier.  The vessel, launched in 1971 at Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, Louisiana , was originally named LASH Turkiye.  Prudential Grace Line operated LASH Turkiye in commercial service until the company sold the ship to Delta Lines, which renamed it SS Delta Caribe.

Lighters are flat-bottomed barges.  The LASH system refers to the practice of loading cargo onto barges, which are then floated to and from a mother ship. This allows loading and unloading of containerized cargo off-shore.  LASH barge carriers are equipped with a stern crane that lifts lighters aboard the vessel, where they can be stacked and stowed on deck.  LASH barges are smaller and lighter than their counterparts, SEABEE barges.

The Maritime Administration purchased Delta Caribe on May 8, 1986; the vessel was placed in the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) on February 17, 1987 and renamed SS Cape Florida.

The Navy activated Cape Florida during Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM from October 18, 1990 until November 20, 1991.  After being delayed by mechanical difficulties, the vessel sailed with cargo in early December 1990, first to Port Said, Egypt and then to Dammam, Saudi Arabia.  In April 1991, Cape Florida departed Dammam for Newport, United Kingdom and also called in Bremerhaven, Germany.  The vessel returned to Dammam in July 1991 before returning to the U.S. that fall to discharge its barges in Galveston, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana . 

The Navy activated Cape Florida for the last time for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, in which it operated from October 14, 2004 until January 7, 2005. 

The Maritime Administration downgraded Cape Florida and removed it from the RRF on July 31, 2006.  The vessel is currently classified as retention for emergency sealift purposes.

Vessel Name History

1971 - 1978: LASH Turkiye
1978 - 1987: Delta Caribe
1987 - present: Cape Florida


Vessel Name History

CAPE FLORIDA

DELTA CARIBE

LASH TURKIYE

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Milestones


Event: Acquisition
Date: 4/30/1986

ex DELTA CARIBE (86)
Event: Ship Name Change
Date: 2/17/1987

Ship DELTA CARIBE changes name to CAPE FLORIDA
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/18/1997

Completed deactivation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/29/1998

No-Notice Activation sea trial to Violet
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/30/1998

In for deactivation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/12/1998

ENRTE: Port of Orange for deactivation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/15/1998

At Port of Orange TX for deactivation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/30/1998

Under tow to BRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/30/1998

Completed repairs at Port of Orange TX
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/27/2000

Conducting sea trial to Atlantic Marine
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/2/2000

Completed sea trial at Atlantic Marine
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/1/2000

Return tow to BRF from Atlantic Marine
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/5/2000

Returned from drydocking Atlantic Marine
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/30/2001

Under tow to Atlantic Marine Mobile AL
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/3/2001

At Atlantic Marine for container upgrade
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/26/2002

Under tow to BRF from Atlantic Marine
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/29/2002

Returning from Atlantic Marine | repairs
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/25/2002

Under tow to City Docks for activation
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/25/2002

At Port of Orange fr No Notice Activatin
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/30/2002

Turbo Activation 02-02 sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/3/2002

Completed Turbo Activation 02-02 S/T
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/20/2003

Maintenance activation sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/24/2003

Completed maintenance sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/21/2003

Move from Berth 1 to Berth 4 in Orange
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/21/2003

Shift to Berth 4 complete | New Homeport
Event: Vessel Activation
Date: 10/13/2004

Activation sea trial for OIF | MSC OPCON 10/14/04
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 12/29/2004

Completed OIF mission and sea trial | MARAD OPCON
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/11/2005

ENRTE: BRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/11/2005

Loading Lash Barges
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/4/2006

Event: Status Change
Date: 2/5/2009

NDRF Status changed from Military Useful to Emergency Sealift as of 2-5-09.
Event: Logistics Support
Date: 3/30/2015

Lifecycle downgrade to non-retention

Ship Imagery


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