S.I. San Francisco is expected to close all of its more than 3,000 cargo ship vessels by the end of the year, including its newest vessels, after the San Francisco Bay Area Transportation Authority announced it will close its fleet of more than 20 ships by 2019.
The move comes after more than 100 vessels were ordered by the state and local governments in the past year, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
L.C. spokeswoman Amy Hickey said the agency has ordered about 600 of the vessels and plans to ship them to customers in the coming months.
Hickey also said the ships are all being built to the latest specifications and have been tested and inspected by S.L.L., the California Maritime Commission.
The agency will have another fleet of two to four ships that will be used for the same purpose, Hickey added.
The state and its local governments ordered a total of about 3,300 vessels for construction in 2019, according the Mercury News, and about 7,600 were built.
Those ships are being assembled in San Jose.
A spokesperson for the state Transportation Department told the Mercury on Wednesday that the agency is currently reviewing the impact of the announcement, and that it will make a decision on the remaining vessels by mid-November.
The S.S. San Carlos is expected by the beginning of 2020 to close the remaining six ships, which include the newest ships, Hsieh said.
The remaining ships are expected to ship to California ports by the middle of 2020, but they will not be able to be used until late 2021 or early 2022, according Hsiehe.