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.
An oceanography and hydrographic research vessel with exceptional features and designed to meet stringent requirements, particularly for silent and vibrationless running for underwater acoustic and other research work, was recently christened Alliance by Lady Carrington,
Permanently on station along a 100-mile stretch of the Orinoco River in Venezuela, one of the world's largest, hardest-working dredges, the 23-year old Icoa, works day and night to keep open a 300-foot-wide channel for deep-draft vessels bringing iron ore out from the mines of Venezuela.
The Lake Charles, first liquefied natural gas tanker built by General Dynamics to transport LNG to the United States, was christened recently at the corporation's Quincy, Mass. shipyard. When she goes into service, Lake Charles will carry LNG from Algeria to the U.
Equitable Shipyards, Inc. has launched the first of 39 coal-carrying hopper barges for the Indiana Michigan Power Company, Ft. Wayne, Inc., signifying the rebirth of the shipyard which had closed since 1985. The 195-foot by 35-foot by 12-foot barge is the first of 15 of its size,
A Quality Assurance Program for massproduced rolled-steel products is being o f - fered to steel mills worldwide by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The steel products covered in the program are those used in the construction of ABS-classed merchant vessels and other marine structures.
MAN B&W Diesel A/S, Alpha, Denmark won the contract to supply a twin medium speed main engine package to drive AziPull propellers for a series of 14,500 DWT Oil Products and Chemical tankers. MAN B&W Holeby GenSets will be supplied by a Chinese licensee.
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.
Carnival Corp. has finalized a contract with France's Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard for the construction of the Queen Mary 2, a new 150,000-ton "liner-style" vessel for its Cunard Line unit. The largest ocean liner ever constructed, Queen
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.