Bell Aerospace Textron, Division of Textron Inc., has just been awarded a $102-million contract to construct additional air cushion landing craft for the U.S. Navy. The contract was announced by John J. Kelly, senior vice president and general manager of Bell Aerospace Textron,
Construction will begin soon on the first of two diesel-powered, twin-screw 10,000-gpm fireboats for the City of Long Beach, Calif. The boats were designed by the Seattlebased naval architecture and marine engineering firm of Nickum & Spaulding Associates.
J.W. Bean, p r e s i d e n t , Eagle Dredging Corp., New Orleans, La., a joint venture of C.F. Bean Corp. and Adriaan Volker Dredging Company, Rotterdam, Holland, has announced the signing of a $25-miIlion contract with Avondale Shipyards, Inc.
Marathon LeTourneau Offshore Company of Houston recently announced its new GranGulf® Class semisubmersible drilling unit that is rated to drill in water depths up to 3,000 feet and can carry a deck load of 4,000 tons. As the leading U.S. producer of offshore drilling units,
Sun Ship, Inc. has named Spencer L. French vice president, program support. In this post, Mr. French will report directly to Sun Ship president Robert H. Campbell, and will be responsible for all functions that support ship construction activities.
Memphis-April 27-29 The Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services (RTCM) will hold its 1981 Assembly Meeting April 27-29 at the Rivermont Holiday Inn in Memphis, Tenn. The American River Pilots Association is scheduled to participate. The
Deputy Secretary of Defense William H. Taft IV announced recently that the Department of Defense would use its current review of the FY 1988 defense program and budget to assess the requirements for both FY 1988 and FY 1989. The product of this review will be a twoyear budget.
United States Cruises, Inc. (USCI), Seattle, Wash., has made the final $3-million payment for the purchase of the passenger ship United States, and received title to the vessel from the Commerce Department's Maritime Administration (MarAd). USCI