The subject of the January meeting of the Philadelphia Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers was "Waterjet Propulsion." Considering the U.S. Navy's latest philosophy of smaller, faster, ships, the paper was very timely.
Tacoma Boatbuilding Company of Tacoma, Wash., recently launched its first tug/supply vessel for Tidewater Marine of New Orleans, La. The Sun Tide is the first of two being built under a $12-million contract. The 218-foot vessel has four engines supplying the oceangoing workboat with 7,
Nickum & Spaulding Associates, Inc. of Seattle, Wash., has completed the design of a 100- foot crab boat for Stuart Ferris of Kodiak, Alaska. The boat will be built by Mitchell D. Phares/ Boat Construction, 221 Mar Vista Avenue, Wilmington, Calif.
Dravo Corporation has announced the appointments of Jack Hird as Eastern sales manager, marine, and Richard Farringer as contract manager of marine repair for its Engineering Works Division. Mr. Hird, formerly manager of marine repair, joined Dravo in 1939.
Omnithruster is a new system for use aboard commercial, fishing, scientific, government, pleasure and special-purpose vessels such as cushion craft and hydrofoils. Of unique design, for which patents have been applied, the system provides thrust through port and starboard jets,
The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) classed 127 new vessels worldwide in September. The vessels totaled 1,705,864 deadweight tons, or 940,520 gross tons, and included 13 bulk carriers, four very large crude carriers (VLCCs), one roll-on/roll-off vehicle carrier,
The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded two separate contracts with an aggregate value of $968,000 for the construction of fiberglass patrol boats, one for the development of a prototype 11-meter (36-foot) high-speed diesel craft to Uniflite, Inc.
P and O Ferries of London, England, has announced that it will introduce the first Boeing Jetfoil hydrofoil boat service in Europe on June 1. The revenue charter service will link central London and Zeebrugge, Belgium, with times scheduled to allow direct rail connections to Brussels.
Ocean Science and Engineering, Inc., 1601 Water Street, Long Beach, Calif. 90802, has announced that it had completed arrangements for a $500,000 term loan from its parent, Berry Enterprises, Inc. The loan will be secured by a pledge of the stock of its subsidiary,
Marine Concrete Structures, Inc., has moved its corporate headquarters to 2030 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, La., Don Payne, president, announced. All administrative, accounting, engineering, purchasing and sales offices are housed in this facility.