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.
A new application in crewboat conversion was recently achieved by Aluminum Boats, Inc., of Crown Point, La., and Sealink of Hawaii, Inc., a Maui passenger vessel operator, in converting the former 110- foot aluminum Sabine Pass into the 117-foot Maui Princess.
With U.S. shipyards busy building and converting a number of passenger vessels, cruise boats and ferries, the editors of MR/EN have put together a feature on 10 of the most notable shallow-draft passenger vessels delivered in the past year, which include nine newbuildings and one conversion.
— L i t e r a t u r e A v a i l a b l e— MAN B&W Diesel GmbH, Augsburg, West Germany, recently achieved a considerable sales success when its L40/54 four-stroke diesel engines were selected to power the new Chandris Cruise Line's cruise ship,
The Voith-Schneider-propelled double-ended Dutch ferry Molengat has been operating successfully between Den Helder and the North Sea island of Texel, Holland, for about 10 years. Due to the increase in traffic on this route, the operator of the
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.
—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.
Rolls-Royce has won two new contracts to supply podded propulsion systems and deck machinery for Queen Mary 2, the new luxury cruise liner to be built for Cunard Line at Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique in France. It has also won contracts to supply
Keppel Shipyard, a major operating division of Keppel Corporation Limited, has completed a S$4.3-million (about US$2.2-million) conversion contract for the Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. The M/V Santorini, a RO/RO car/passenger ferry, was
Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is to build a new $21-million ferry ship for operation on the British Rail Irish Sea service between Larne and Stranraer. The 7,000-ton multipurpose vessel has been designed to carry 600 passengers in addition to 300 motor cars,