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
Hover Systems, Inc. Eddystone, Pa., and Eastern Shipyards, Inc., Panama City, Fla., recently signed a licensing agreement whereby Eastern Shipyards will market and build a full range of Hover Systems air cushion vehicles (ACVs) for a multitute of maritime applications.
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
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,
SPD Technologies has been awarded a $6.7-million contract to design and produce the 5,000-volt switchgear for the U.S. Navy's surface ship Integrated Electric Drive Program. The contract was awarded by General Electric's Naval and Drive Turbine System Division in Fitchburg, Mass.
The El Paso Savannah, the last ship in the current series Avondale Shipyards is building for The El Paso Company's new fleet of LNG tankers, was christened on November 11, in New Orleans. Miss Rhonda Rousakis, daughter of the Honorable John P.
Winninghoff Boats, Inc., Rowley, Mass., has introduced a 7.4 meter Harbor Master design workboat. Built of all welded aluminum, this 25- foot by 8.5-foot boat joins Winninghoff's existing line of commercial boats which range in size from 18 to 65 feet.
Caterpillar, Inc. and H.O. Penn Machinery recently announced the sale of twenty 3608 diesel generator sets to the U.S. Navy. The generators will provide on-board electrical power in new Fast Combat Support ships, currently under construction in
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.
OFFSHORE DRILLING RIGS, SUPPORT VESSELS, NAVY SHIPS, INLAND BARGES, AND REPAIR WORK BRIGHTEN THE U.S. PICTURE
For the U.S. shipbuilding industry, the psychology of hope went full circle in 1980. Starting with the optimism of Congressional enactment of c o m p r e h e n s i ve "omnibus" maritime legislation in conjunction with an accelerated naval shipbuilding