A keel-laying ceremony recently at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., marked the start of construction of the Chesapeake Trader—the first in a series of 44,000-dwt petroleum product carriers being: built for American Trading Transportation Company, Inc.
Hy-Line Cruises, a division of Hyannis Harbor Tours, Hyannis, Mass., has received a new 300-passenger, highspeed catamaran from Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, the Duclos Corporation. This is the third Incat-designed fast ferry built by the shipyard for the Cape Cod tourism company,
Hongkong United Dockyards Ltd. has signed its largest order to date: a $30-million contract f o r a ship conversion. The conversion, from a heavy ore bulk carrier to an offshore oil drilling ship, follows a similar conversion by HUD in 1975, and
Coastal Iron Works, Inc. of Corpus Christi, Texas, recently announced the christening of its new steel floating drydock. The drydock is named Mr. Pat after one of the founders of the company, E.J. Patterson. The drydock is now in service. Mr. Pat
Contracts worth the equivalent of $84.2 million for the building of two 170,000-dwt bulk carriers were signed recently in Rio de Janeiro by the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social national development bank and the stateowned Docenave bulk carrier fleet.
Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Company, Newport News, Va., launched and christened the U.S. Navy's newest Nimitz Class aircraft carrier, the Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), at recent ceremonies at the yard. JoAnn Webb, wife of the Secretary of the Navy, James H.
Rear Adm. Anthony F. Fugaro has been appointed senior vice president of The Great Lakes Towing Company in Cleveland, Ohio, it was announced by Charles R. Khoury, chairman and chief executive officer of The Great Lakes Towing Company. Admiral Fugaro
Acting on behalf of the United States Navy, the Maritime Administration recently awarded a $17,952,454 contract to Continental Maritime of San Francisco, Inc., San Francisco, to convert a government- owned containership into a naval auxiliary crane ship.
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.
The Council of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has agreed to develop classification requirements that would augment the surveillance by the societies of items which recent investigations h^ve revealed to be potential sources of hazard or pollution.