Equitable Delivers Multipurpose Cargo Vessel M / V Amazonia

Equitable Shipyards, Inc., New Orleans, recently delivered the second of three breakbulk/ reefer/container vessels, the M/V Amazonia, to American Atlantic Shipping, Inc.

of New York City. American Atlantic, a part of the worldwide ocean transportation group of American Marine Industries, Inc., commenced service late last year to the Caribbean, Central America, and South America from U.S. East Coast and Gulf ports.

Said to be the most technologically advanced vessels of their size in the Americanflag merchant fleet, the first of the series, the M/V America, was delivered in November 1979. The third, the M/V Antillia, is scheduled to be delivered before the end of this year.

Designed for calls at shallow-draft ports with limited facilities, the Amazonia is fully automated with Galbraith-Pilot equipment, and built for fast turnarounds and a high degree of cargo flexibility. She has highproductivity cargo gear for both breakbulk and heavy-lift cargoes, and lift-on/lift-off capability for both 20-foot and 40-foot containers.

Substantial reefer space is provided in the hold, and reefer containers can be carried also.

The 2,000-dwt Amazonia has an overall length of 295 feet, beam of 45 feet, depth of 22 feet, and design draft of 14 feet.

C.M. Keeney, president and chief executive officer of Equitable Shipyards, hails the delivery of the Amazonia as a sign of economic growth and stability in the shipbuilding industry.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 6,  Aug 1980 Connecticut

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