The arrival of the Port of Portland's 982-foot-long floating Dry- Dock 4 completes five years of research, planning and construction, and was made possible by the confidence and financial support of Portland Metropolitan Area voters. The Japanese
2002 will surely not be counted as "a banner year" for many, if any, industries, particularly not for the leisure and travel niche. The cruise industry survived a tough year, as terrorism, a shakey economy and sickness outbreaks onboard ships grabbed headlines.
Norfolk Shipbuliding and Drydock Corporation (Norshipco), Norfolk, Va., has dedicated its new $5-million, 1,030-foot pier for general ship repair, marking completion of the initial phase of an expansion program expected to nearly double the yard's current 2,200 employment within four years.
Omnithruster Inc. has recently established a Canadian manufacturing facility in Sarnia, Ontario. The new Mark II Omnithruster series and Omnithruster ice lubrication systems will be fabricated at that plant. Omnithruster president Charles M. Aker said:
Keppel Philippines Shipyard, Inc. (KPSI) has enhanced its capability by adding a new 20,000-deadweight ton floating drydock to its facilities. The firm now has three docks, two others with capacities of 6,000 dwt each. Named Keppel Floating Dock No.
The board of directors of Diamond M Drilling Company, Houston, TexasJbased international drilling contractor, has authorized the construction of two new selfelevating jackup drilling rigs and a self-propelled semisubmersible drilling vessel. The
The Standards and Specifications Panel of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME Panel SP-6) will hold their next meeting at ASTM Headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa. on May 17-18, 1984 immediately following the May 14-16, 1984 meeting
Hong Kong will soon be able to offer some of the world's most up-to-date ship repair facilities, according to Jack Barrass of Hongkong United Dockyards. The facilities will incorporate a giant HK$40-million floating drydock which was constructed in Sasebo, Japan.
AIRFILCO Engineering of New Orleans, La., has been awarded the contract to furnish two AIRFILCO Inert Gas Systems for the EXXON, U.S.A. tankers under construction at Avondale Shipyards, Inc. This is the second such contract for AIRFILCO Engineering, Inc.
Shipbuilding experts from the Navy, Maritime Administration and private industry met in Brunswick, Maine, on September 13- 14 as guests of Bath Iron Works to propose and evaluate methods of improving technological capabilities of U.S. shipbuilding.