The role of vessel classification societies continues to change dramatically. As the role ancl relevance of class is liotly debated, MR/EN picked the brains of the industry's major classification societies to analyze both their individual and collective future.
U.S. and Canadian companies have been licensed to manufacture a range of floating drydocks that operate on the submarine principle of using compressed air to blow water from their ballast tanks. Ammac Welding and Machine Works of Wilmington, Calif.
Burmeister & Wain Shipyard in Copenhagen recently christened the motorship Danelock, the first bulk carrier of the yard's new, fuel-saving Panamax type of approximately 64,000 dwt. Shortly after, the ship was delivered to Turnville Shipping Ltd.
Burmeister & Wain Shipyard, Copenhagen, has delivered the M/S Susan B, the fourth of the yard's fuel efficient Panamax bulk carriers of approximately 64,000- dwt. The vessel was built for Eljay Shipping, Inc., Monrovia, Liberia, and named by Mrs.
BP is to form a joint venture with Belfast shipbuilder Harland and Wolff for the construction of a special single well oil production system (SWOPS) vessel designed to extract oil directly from subsea wells. The agreement is subject to approval from the boards of both companies.
The recent meeting of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, New England section, held at the New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston, Mass., featured the presentation of a technical paper entitled "Marine Installation and Operating
Dixie Carriers, Inc., a subsidiary of Kirby Exploration Company, Inc., has entered into a multiyear agreement with Odfjell Westfal- Larsen Tankers of Bergen, Norway, for the construction and operation of three specialty tank barges. The barges, to be constructed by Platzer Shipyard, Inc.
The Norcontrol Division of A/S Kongsberg Vaapenfabrikk in Norway has restructured its U.S. operations. Nav-Control, Inc. of Halesite, N.Y., has been appointed authorized agent for its navigation/instrumentation line of products. Nav- Control will
Last year, the U.S. Senate passed the "Organotin Antifouling Paint Control Act of 1988" which controls the application of tributyltin (TBT) antifoulings in the U.S. In response to this new legislation, several major marine coatings suppliers have introduced new TBTfree antifoulings.
"Back to the drawing board" is the message to designers of new vessels, as ballast water management is to become a major consideration in the design of new vessels following the approval by IMO of a series of measures aimed at reducing the effects