"One of the greatest ironies of today's world is that the United States, which needs both a powerful Navy and a strong and economically viable U.S.-flag merchant marine, has permitted both to languish," U.S. Congressman Elwood H. Hillis of Indiana,
Southern Drilling Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marine Drilling Company, and Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Beaumont, Texas, shipyard, recently commissioned a 250-foot water depth mobile offshore drilling unit. The rig was christened J Storm XVI by its sponsor Mrs.
The Port of Portland (Ore.) Commission recently elected Joseph M. Edgar its president for 1980. Mr. Edgar has served on the commission since August 1973, and was president in 1977. Other officers for the nine-member board elected at the regular meeting were Alan Green Jr.
Walter Todd, president of Great American Boat Company, has announced the signing of a contract with Bender Ship Repair, Inc. of Mobile to do the re-powering work for the towboat Great America. "We are doing a tremendous amount of work on this vessel," said Mr.
Genstar Pacific Corporation of San Francisco, Calif., a Genstar Limited company, has announced the appointment of Gregor G. Peterson as president and chief executive officer of the company. H.D. Edelen, formerly president, now becomes chairman.
Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Litton In Pascagoula, Miss., has begun construction of its first SA'AR 5 corvette for the Government of Israel. Ingalls president Jerry St. Pe, as well as Adm. Micha Ram, Chief of Naval Operations, Israeli Navy,
Woo-Choong Kim, chairman of the Daewoo Group, recently announced the appointment of Young-Suk Yoon as president of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Heavy Machinery Ltd., a Daewoo Group member company. Mr. Yoon succeeds In-Kie Hong, who has been appointed president
Northwest Marine Iron Works, Portland, Ore., ship repair firm, has been awarded a $1.4-million contract to link the forward and aft sections of a ship that now is undergoing major conversion at the Port of Portland's Swan Island Ship Repair Yard.
P. Takis Veliotis, General Dynamics' executive vice president and general manager of its Electric Boat Division, has been elected to the corporation's board of directors. Mr. Veliotis is responsible for the company's Electric Boat Division operations at Groton, Conn, and Quonset Point, R.
A.C. Brown, senior vice president of the J.J. Henry Co., Inc. and general manager of the Moorestown Production Division, has announced the opening of a branch office in San Diego. The new facility will be fully coordinated with the firm's Production Division headquarters in Moorestown, N.