Vessel History

TS Kennedy was activated to support FEMA in response to Hurricane Sandy.
TS Enterprise was renamed to TS Kennedy after 10 million dollar rehab conversion.
Converted as a training ship and renamed as TS Enterprise.
SS Cape Bon activited for Desert Storm.
MARAD acquired SS Velma Lykes for RRF and renamed to SS Cape Bon
SS Velma Lykes made history in 1979 when she became the first US flag vessel to call on the mainland Chinese port of Whampoa since the Chinese communist revolution.
SS Velma Lykes was completed and launched at Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans. She was delivered to Lykes Brothers Steamship Co. for Far East operations.
SS Velma Lykes was laid down as SS Velma Lykes, a Maritime Administration (MARAD) subsidized break bulk cargo C4 freighter type at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA.  

TS Kennedy

Owner United States of America, Maritime Administration
Operator Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Builder, 1967 Avondale Shipyards New Orleans, Louisiana
Converted, 2002
Completion, 2009
Bender Ship Repair Mobile, Alabama
Crowley Liner Services, Buzzards Bay, MA
Length Overall 540'00"
Beam, Molded 76'00"
Height, from Baseline 119'00"
Draft, Design 27'06"
Light Ship, Tons 12,892 LT
Loaded Displacement 18,549 LT
Gross Registered, Tons 13,886 GT
GT-ITC 13,886 GT
Total Persons 710
Fuel Oil, Tons 2,503
Water, Potable, Tons 850
Shaft Horsepower 15,500
Speed, Knots 20
Boilers 2-D-type
Propeller, 4 blades 21'09"
Propelling Machinery Steam, De Laval Turbine
Generators 2-GE ATI Turbine
1-ABB Wartsila Diesel
1-Emergency Caterpillar
Lifeboats 6-(76 person) Total Enclosed, Gravity Davits
2-(53 person) Total Enclosed, Gravity Davits
Liferafts 8-(25 person) Davit launched