The 50-foot move of a 160-footlong, 200-ton glass fiber reinforced polyester (GRP) mold is done safely in 3Vi minutes on a film of air at the Mercantile-Beliard N.V. shipbuilding plant in Ostend, Belgium. Each of six mold sections are moved the same way by the yard,
Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Inc., Whidbey Island, Wash., recently christened the second of two catamaran passenger ferries it has built for the U.S. Army for use in the Marshall Islands. Built under a $1.8-million contract, the 72-foot FB-817
In the midst of a world shipbuilding boom, with the highest level of tonnage under construction and on order in 13 years, shipyards are once again producing a number of interesting, economical and innovative designs. The highly competitive, burgeoning cruise
President John F. Sullivan Jr. of Bath Iron Works has announced four key appointments in marketing to accomplish the shipyard's new-business objectives in naval and merchant ship construction and overhauls. Richard W. Thorpe Jr. was promoted to assistant
New Orders Up For Second Year In A Row According to Drewry Shipping Consultants Ltd., London, England, an aging world fleet (27 percent of the fleet is more than 15 years old), should provide the world's shipbuilding industries with a modest increase
DOD Requests $100.3 Billion To Fund Navy Programs In FY91 The Department of Defense (DOD) has requested slightly more than $100 billion to fund Navy programs in FY 1991. The funding level is virtually the same as the amount approved for this year.
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., a wholly owned subsidiary of Morrison-Knudsen Company, Inc., announced recently that it has been awarded a $5.5-million firm fixed-price contract by Shell California Production, Inc.
Tyne Shiprepair Limited (TSL), Britain's biggest shiprepair company, has been awarded a multi-million- pound conversion and refit contract by the Ministry of Defence (Navy). The six-month job is to convert the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Orangeleaf into a Refueling- at-Sea (RAS) vessel,
The Department of the Navy has exercised an option under its current contract with Pennsylvania Shipbuilding Company of Chester, Pa., for the construction of a third fleet oiler of the T-AO- 187 Class. This $97.5-million award, added to the first two oilers that were ordered last year,
The Administration's budget for fiscal year 1983 will allow the Navy to reach a 600-ship fleet, Navy Undersecretary James Goodrich told the Western Shipbuilding Association. Speaking before the group's recent annual meeting, Mr. Goodrich said the Navy currently has 514 ships,