Rope, one of the oldest tools known to man, is also one of the most versatile tools available to man, but only in the hands of a professional user. In the hands of a novice, rope becomes a single purpose item, misused more often than used effectively.
Exxon USA recently installed the world's first commercial guyed tower offshore platform in 1,000 feet of water in a new gas and oil field southeast of New Orleans in the Gulf of Mexico. Total development cost for the field is in excess of $750 million.
The board of directors of the State Boat Corporation, a rapidly growing operator of tug/supply, supply and utility vessels for the offshore oil industry has announced the election of Dave S. Miller as president. Since joining State Boat in 1973, Mr.
DredgeMasters International, Inc. (DMI), the Hendersonville, Tenn., subsidiary of Valley Industries, recently christened the newest and largest dredge in its line of heavy duty dredges. The model HPC-27DR DuraMaster dredge was christened in a ceremony at La Place, La.
The U.S. Navy recently exercised its option to have Avondale Shipyards, Inc., a subsidiary of Ogden Corporation, construct two additional fleet oilers at a total cost of $231.9 million. The Navy also awarded Avondale a $166- million contract to build a landing ship dock.
The Ship Structure Committee has recently published two new reports of interest to naval architects and engineers who are involved in the sciences of fracture mechanics and strength of materials. SSC-275, "The Effect of Strain Rate on the Toughness of Ship Steels,
Morrison Molded Fiber Glass Company (MMFG) of Bristol, Va., recently announced that major changes in Duradek® fiberglass grating have recently been made to improve and upgrade the product and make it more readily available to the customer. Over
Kawasaki Heavy I n d u s t r i e s , Ltd., a major Japanese firm, has agreed to endow a research fund at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a gift of $200,000. Kawasaki Heavy Industries is a machinery manufacturer whose principal business lines are ships,
Rockment A/S reports that Rockwool TNF Systems are now some of the most popular soft core systems in the world, with installations on over 1,150 vessels. Rockwool Modular TNF Systems have been supplied for some of the world's most modern and advanced passenger cruise vessels and ferries.
The first of two Navy oceanographic survey vessels, the USNS Maury (T-AGS-39), was recently dedicated by Rear Adm. John R. Seesholtz, USN, Oceanographer of the Navy, at keel-laying ceremonies at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point, Md., yard. According to David Watson,