The Phoenix Seadrill Rig 3 — The Mr. Ray—an all-new slottedtype submersible posted drilling barge built by McDermott Inc. shipyard, New Iberia, La., was christened recently at ceremonies held at the yard. The rig can drill below 30,000 feet in nominal 7- to 21-foot water depths.
Half of a 24-boat "fleet" of oil-spill skimmers for the U.S. Navy previously built by Marine Construction and Design Co. (MARCO), 2300 West Commodore Way, Seattle, Wash. 98199, are being "modularized" so they can be transported by aircraft. The work is being done under a $1.
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.
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.
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.
Tracor Marine, Inc. a subsidiary of Tracor, Inc., has received a contract from the Military Sealift Command to man, operate, and maintain the research vessel Lulu for Submarine Development Group One based in San Diego. The contract will bring the company in excess of $2.
Spanish shipbuilder and designer IZAR and Rolls-Royce have signed a contract for a new 696- ft. (212-m), 3,400 dwt European High Speed Cargo Vessel (EHSCV), which is intended to be a costeffective short-sea shipping alternative to road transport in Europe.
The actual extent of European public funding to promote a modal shift from road to waterborne transportation has up until now — been far outweighed by political discourse on the subject — no doubt designed to appeal to the popular, environmentalist vote.
B. James Lowe, president of Tacoma Boatbuilding Company of Tacoma, Wash., has announced that details of a contract valued at $110 million with Gulf Pacific Cruise Lines of Houston for construction of an 800-passenger cruise liner have been finalized.
A technically demanding contract was signed by Blohm + Voss in March, a contract which calls for the shortening of three Sea-Land Atlantic Class Vessels (ACV), the Galveston Bay, Sea-Land Value and Raleigh Bay (see photo, page 25). Each of the