The rapid expansion of offshore exploration into regions of hazardous environmental conditions has served to illuminate the necessity for improvements in drilling equipment, performance standards, and safety regulations. As a result, Global Marine
Issue advocacy is the heart and soul of what a trade association does. A good trade association effectively promotes policies and programs which are beneficial to its members' interests, and it protects and defends its members from governmental initiatives which are harmful or senseless.
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.
—Technical Paper A v a i l a b l e— Editor's Note: This article is based on a technical paper, "Reliable Economic Propulsion Systems With High Passenger Comfort," co-authored by R. Hafner, R. Gruhn and E. Gunther Kroos of Krupp MaK. The paper
Signet Cruise Lines, Inc. a division of Houston-based Signet Corporation, has awarded a design contract for two 850-passenger worldclass U.S. cruise vessels to Wartsila, one of the world's foremost designers and builders of passenger ships, J .
—Free Literature Offered— Schottel-Werft, Spay/Rhine, West Germany, recently received an extensive order from the British shipbuilding group North East Shipbuilders, Ltd. of Sunderland for SRP 350/350 Rudderpropellers, and SST-612 DST steering systems with Copilot 2000.
One of the world's tallest fourpile offshore platforms is being built for Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas Company, a subsidiary of Freeport McMoRan Inc., in McDermott Marine Construction's Louisiana fabri- 86 cation yards. The platform, named Crystal,
NKK (Nippon Kokan) will build a $56- million jacket for a conventional offshore platform off the northwest coast of Australia. According to NKK officials in New York, the contract was signed with Woodside Petroleum Development Pty. Ltd. of Australia.
Daniel Weiler, vice president and general manager of JJH Inc.'s Washington office, a leading naval engineering firm located in Crystal City, Va., has announced the addition of several key people to his staff. Robert J. Riggins has been appointed to
V e n e z u e l a n Y a r d A w a r ds $ 1 . 2 - M i l l i o n Production Line C o n t r a c t To TTS
Total Transportation Systems, Inc. (TTS) of Newport News, Va., announced recently it was awarded a $1.2-million contract for a panel production line with associated welding equipment by Diques Y Astilleros Nacionales C.A. (DIANCA) of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.