According to the Annual Report of Lloyd's Register of Shipping, events during 1985 offered little to the world's shipping and shipbuilding industries, and there were few indications of any real improvements in the foreseeable future. The world merchant fleet declined last year to 416.
The Turku shipyard of Oy Wartsila Ab recently completed the 19,999-dwt crude oil/chemical/ products tanker Tavi (shown above), first of two ordered by Neste Oy, the Finnish national oil company. The vessel was delivered less than 14 months after keel-laying.
Marine Transport Lines, Inc. recently announced the following promotions. Joseph G. Drescher to vice president-operations, where he will be responsible for MTL's fleet of 37 vessels with an aggregate deadweight approximating 1,690,028 long tons.
Christening ceremonies were held recently at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., for the M/V Hunter Armistead, the second Ingram-Class tanker built for American Tankships, Inc., a subsidiary of Ingram Corporation, New Orleans.
The first U.S. deepwater oil port appears to be handling ULCCs and VLCCs without problems. The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), located 19 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, has received seven large bulk carriers up to 417,000 dwt in its first quarter of operation.
There are 2,511 identified pending, probable and possible subsea production wells forecast (base case) worldwide over the next six years. Some 18 percent of these subsea completions will be installed in North America, 30 percent in Africa/Mediterranean,
John Avila, president of Spec- Tec General, Inc., recently announced that the AMOS maintenance software system will be used for all ships in the Esso International Shipping fleet. The contract was awarded to SpecTec General's Benelux (economic union comprising Belgium,
White there are grave uncertainties in the picture of world oil supply and demand as a result of Middle East and other developments, it is expected that U.S. tankerborne imports of oil will more than triple during the 1970s. The projection was made in Tulsa, Okla.
—Free Literature Available Texaco Marine Services Inc. (TMSI), Port Arthur, Texas, has signed operating agreements with Archon Shipping Inc., and Acturus Shipping Inc., to manage the tanker Brooklyn and the tanker Williamsburg, according to William R.
Supertankers that may require marine repairs and engineering services while at the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port can utilize a new service group formed recently by Marine Agents of Galliano, Inc. A free-on-request pamphlet describes the facilities