The shallow-draft sector of the U.S. shipbuilding industry continues its pattern of steady growth, especially in the offshore sector. Construction of utility boats, sicpply vessels, crexvboats, and other types to service the offshore drilling and production platforms,


Nichols Bros/ Deutz MWM-Powered Ocean Catamaran Goes Into Service Between Nantucket And Boston

Bay State Cruises of Boston, Mass., recently put the Nantucket Spray, an "ocean catamaran" built by Nichols Bros. Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash., in service between Nantucket and Boston. Nichols Bros, delivered the $4.5-million, 121.5-foot vessel to Bay State via the Panama Canal.

Marine Engineers Shipyard Gets Contract To Build Schooner

Michael Kolesar of Marine Engineers, Panama City, Fla., recently announced that the company has been awarded a contract by Rover Marine Transport, Inc. of Norfolk to build the three-masted topsail schooner American Rover. Believed to be the largest

Burton Delivers 224-Foot Seiner, Sixth Of Seven Foir Van Camp

Burton Shipyard, Inc. of Port Arthur, Texas, recently delivered the 224-foot tuna vessel Lady Marion. The steel-hulled tuna purse seiner is the sixth of a seven-vessel contract awarded to Burton by Van Camp Sea Food Co., a division of Ralston Purina Co.

Sumitomo To Launch $59 Million Double-Skin, Double-Bottomed Tanker

The first double-hulled, doublebottomed tanker built at its Oppama yard will soon be launched in Japan by Sumitomo. The Olympic Serenity, ordered by Onassis subsidiary Dover Marine Panama at a cost of about $59 million, has been constructed in line with U.


For the quarter ended June 30, 1994, there were 1,098 steamships and motorships with a gross tonnage (gt) of 15,844,647 under construction in the world. This figure is 149,823 gt more than last quarter. There are 1,050 ships on order which have not been commenced for a combined total gt of24,

Panama Canal Installs Marine Fendering System From Solidur Plastics

Solidur Plastics Co., Delmont, Pa., supplied an Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE) marine fender system for the locks at the Panama Canal to protect oceangoing ships from the damaging impacts of bumping into the lockwalls. Jorge Quijano,

Moss Point Marine Completes Tug For Panama Canal Commission

Moss Point Marine, Inc., Escatawpa, Miss., has completed the all-steel, 105-foot harbor tug, Paz, to the Panama Canal Commission, Republic of Panama. Original construction was begun by another shipyard which did not complete the vessel due to inclement

Bender Acquires Large Dry Dock Formerly Operated At Todd Ship

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc., Mobile, Ala., recently purchased a 545-foot-long steel floating drydock formerly operated at Todd Shipyards Corporation's Galveston, Texas, facility. The drydock, which recently arrived in Mobile, has been named

DeJong Designs Biggest Voith Schneider Tug Built In United States

The biggest tug with Voith Schneider propulsion units to be built in the United States has been designed by the Jacksonville, Fla., firm of Norman N. De- Jong and Associates, Inc., naval architects and marine engineers. Destined for ship-handling duties in the Panama Canal,

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