Ship recycling facilities in Texas and Virginia have been awarded dismantling contracts for three more Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet mothball vessels, officials announced Monday.

Esco Marine, of Brownsville, Texas, was given the award to recycle the SS Dawn for about $551,000 and the USNS H.H. Hess for about $452,000. The SS Bay's $397,000 dismantling contract, has been awarded to the Bay Bridge Enterprises in Chesapeake, Va. All three merchant vessels were all built in the 1960s and are scheduled for December and January departures from the fleet.

BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair has been contracted to clean flaking paint and marine growth from the ships before they travel through the Panama Canal for Texas disposals.

Allied Defense Recycling, also doing business as California Dry Dock Solutions, is in the process of opening its own ship recycling facility on Mare Island. The company recently completed dredging the Mare Island Strait and is scheduled to receive the first of two "Mothball Fleet" vessels of its own, starting next month.

The ships will be the 14th, 15th and 16th vessels to leave Benicia's coastal waters since October 2009. The U.S. Maritime Administration is under federal mandate to clean up the obsolete ships in this and two other moorings, in Virginia and Texas.