Nuclear Ship Savannah

1.0 Site Identification

Type of Site: Power Reactor Facility
Location: Baltimore, MD
License No.: NS-1
Docket No.: 50-238
License Status: DECON
Project Manager: Tanya Hood

2.0 Site Status Summary

The Nuclear Ship (NS) Savannah was removed from service in 1970 and is now berthed in Baltimore, MD.  All fuel was removed from the ship in October of 1971.  The Licensee plans to submit a license termination plan in early calendar year 2022.

The NS Savannah DECON and license termination project includes three phases to take place over seven years. The first phase is planning and engineering. The second phase is industrial dismantlement which includes removing systems such as: the reactor pressure vessel, neutron shield tank, control rode drive system, heat exchangers, steam generators, primary system piping, pressurizer and more. The third and last phase is license termination.

With respect to the second phase, the ship's reactor pressure vessel was safely removed in the fall of 2022 as part of the ongoing decommissioning activities. It was transported by rail to EnergySolutions' low-level radioactive waste disposal facility in Clive, Utah, arriving there in mid-December 2022.
The decommissioning work is being performed by Nuclear Ship Support Services LLC, which is a joint venture of EnergySolutions and Radiation Safety and Control Services Inc. The NRC continues to perform inspections of those activities.

3.0 Major Technical or Regulatory Issues

The licensee has submitted several license amendments to facilitate active decommissioning.

4.0 Estimated Date For Closure

Calendar year 2031

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, March 15, 2023