Predicting business trends in the notoriously fickle marine business is difficult if not impossible. Yet when developments transpire as they have in the fast craft niche of the ferry business, it is difficult to not read the writing on the wall.
Christening ceremonies were held recently at Avondale Shipyards near New Orleans for the first of three integrated catug/ barge vessels currently under construction there for use by Occidental Petroleum Corporation. The Oxy Trader is designed
The recently developed Damen ASD Tug 2411 is a real push-pull ASD Tug. designed primarily for working over the bow. This tug is a powerful 4.200 kW vessel that develops a bollard pull of around 70.000 kg; full ahead to full astern in a ship's length, turning around in 10 seconds.
Hvide Shipping Incorporated, headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., handed over the Oxy Trader and the Oxy Producer, two of the three Catug vessels ordered by Occidental Petroleum Corporation. Construction is almost complete on the third Oxy Catug,
Mid-Coast Marine, Coos Bay, Ore., recently delivered a 78-foot combination shrimper-crabber to Ron and Marie Miller of Grayland, Wash. Christened the Jamie Marie, the fishing vessel has a beam of 25 feet 6 inches and a molded depth of 12 feet 2 inches.
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.
Despite a fall in the overall number of vessels forecast to be delivered Irom shipyards until 2007. the value of the propulsion systems installed in newbuilds is expected to show a rise from 2004, reaching nearly $5-billion by 2007 on the strength of increasing power requirements.
Key To Fast Ship Design May Be Submerged Cylinders An $11 million project to design a small containership that will travel 55 miles an hour and carry 1,000 tons of cargo is being carried out by the Japanese Government and several Japanese shipyards.
Bath Iron Works has placed an order of $50 million with General Electric for the company's LM- 2500 marine gas turbines to power the U.S. Navy's Oliver Hazard Perry-Class guided missile frigates. The contract was announced by O.R. Bonner, general manager,
The world's first luxury SWATH design cruise ship, the SSC Diamond Radisson, recently cleared her first hurtle, completing her threeday sea trials with "flying colors," according to Finnyards Oy, her builder. "The trials were an outstanding success,