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NS Savannah Fact Sheet


MARAD will decommission the NSS nuclear facility by removing remaining systems, structures and components to allow for NRC’s termination of MARAD’s license without restrictions. Once decommissioned, MARAD will determine the future of the Savannah vessel. This fact sheet provides additional information on the decommissioning process.


Christened in 1959 by then-First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, the N.S. Savannah was the world's first nuclear ship. This fact sheet provides more information and a timeline of the vessel's history. 


While MARAD owns and operates the N.S. Savannah, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, controls the decommissioning process for the protection of the public and the environment. This fact sheet provides more information about the regulatory control of the vessel.


While the N.S. Savannah, is a nuclear-powered ship, components of its nuclear power plant will be removed to support its decommissioning. This fact sheet provides more information about the vessel's current level of radiation.


This fact sheet provides more information regarding the environmentally responsible disposition methods for the N.S. Savannah.

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Last updated: Thursday, June 10, 2021