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
Blount Marine Corporation, Warren, R.I., recently delivered t h e commuter boat Fireball (shown above) to Fire Island Ferries, Inc. of Bay Shore, N.Y. The 75-foot by 18-foot by 5-foot 2-inch vessel is powered by three turbocharged GM Detroit Diesel 12 V-71 engines,
Sixth Vessel Of Popular Design Sold By Yard Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, The Duclos Corporation, Somerset, Mass., recently signed a contract with Put-In-Bay Transportation Co. of Ohio, for the construction of a high-speed passenger ferry
The world's largest monohull crane vessel, McDermott Marine Construction's new Derrick Barge 50, has arrived in New Orleans for final outfitting at McDermott Shipyard before she goes in service in the Gulf of Mexico. A self-propelled dynamically positioned monohull vessel,
Levingston Shipbuilding Com- pany, Orange, Texas, recently launched the first of two jackup drilling rigs for Noble Drilling Corporation of Ardmore, Okla. Noble Drilling, one of the lead- ing domestic drilling contracting firms, formed in 1921,
Seaward International, Inc., recently delivered another Spiltrol Harbor Skimmer to Asiatic Petroleum Corporation. This is the second that Asiatic has purchased, and it will clean up spills in the Strait of Malacca. The first stands ready at Singapore where Esso Singapore Private, Ltd.
ITT Antarctic Services, Inc., under contract to the National Science Foundation, Division of Polar Programs, is seeking the charter/purchase of an icebreaking research vessel to operate in the Antarctic and southern ocean waters in support of the U.
Campbell Industries of San Diego launched the new tuna superseiner Kukulkan recently, adding impetus to the rapidly developing fisheries of Mexico. She is the first of two such seiners ordered by Atunera del Carmen, an association of veteran fishing people in the state of Campeche.
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 Portsmouth, U.K., yard of Aluminium Shipbuilders Ltd. will build a 161-foot wave-piercing catamaran for Condor, the Guernsey ferry operator. The twin-deck vessel, designed by International Catamaran Designs, will be the largest passenger-only