$622,500 Contract For Atlantic Marine Yard Authorized By MSB

The Maritime Subsidy Board has authorized the award of a $622,500 contract to Atlantic Marine, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., for the subsidized construction of a twin-screw, diesel-powered landing craft-type cargo vessel to be owned and o p e r a t e d by Blue Lines, Inc., Cruz Bay, V.I.

The interisland trailer carrier is intended for service in the waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico on short international voyages not more than 20 miles from land. It will be certified for carriage of combustible and flammable liquids in trucks approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The vessel will be 83 feet 6 inches in length, with a molded beam of 26 feet. Its cargo capacity is to be 78 tons and its service speed 10.3 knots. It will have provisions for six people, including two crew members.

Construction-differential sub- sidy for the vessel was set at $258,500, or 41.52 percent of total cost. In addition, the board authorized $2,500 for the installation of certain national defense features.

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