The U.S.T. Pacific, one of the two largest ships built in the Western Hemisphere, was delivered recently by Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va., marking a new U.S. commercial construction record. Edward J. Campbell, Newport News president and chief executive officer,
According to Michael W. Brakey, chief engineer of the Duramax Marine Division, The Johnson Rubber Company, in times of climbing ship repair costs and expensive general maintenance, rubber fendering is proving itself to be a highly flexible, energy-absorbing friend to the marine industry.
Under severe Arctic operating conditions, a relatively new bearing material has outlasted traditional laminated-phenolic propeller shaft bearings by a ratio of about nine to one. The longer-lasting bearing was made from Thordon XL, an alloy of polymer and synthetic rubber,
Service Pack 3 of the Tribon M2 Shipbuilding system was released in early April, a version that includes further improved production information in the Assembly and Weld Planning applications and the new function Recording of Walk Tiirough Paths in the Design Manager application.