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What Should be the Role of Class?

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.

 

Research Ship For NATO Launched At Muggiano Yard of Fincantieri-CNI

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,

High-Performance Bearings Reduce Costs By Extending Dredge Life

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.

General Dynamics Christens Its First LNG Carrier Built For U.S. Trade

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.

First Of 39 Hopper Barges Launched At Reactivated Equitable Shipyards

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,

Quality Assurance Program Offered To Steel Mills By American Bureau Of Shipping

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.

Clean Concept for Brostrom Tankers

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 To Build And Operate Barges For Norwegian Firm

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.

French Yard Tapped To Build $780M Queen Mary 2

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

Marine coatings & corrosion control

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.

 
 
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