TANO Wins Contracts Worth $10.7 Million For Vessel Automation Systems

TANO Corporation of New Orleans has won contracts for marine automation systems for 17 new oceangoing vessels since January of 1980. The dollar value of contracts awarded to the company so far this year is $10.7 million. TANO president James J. Reiss Jr. believes the company has been successful in obtaining all such contracts let thus far in 1980, effectively establishing the company as a leader in marine automation.

The new vessels in which TANO systems will be installed include seven CATUGs to be built by Halter Marine, New Orleans; three 30,000-dwt containerships at Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans; five tankers at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego; an oceangoing dredge at Avondale; and a new Landing Ship Dock (LSD-41), the first of a series of such vessels being built for the Navy at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction in Seattle.

All of the new vessels are powered by either medium- or slow-speed diesel engines.

TANO has specialized in automated control of such power plants since the mid- 1970s. Common to all of the new TANO systems is central engine room monitoring, alarm, and control with a bridge control console, making it possible to operate the vessel with the engine room unattended for extended periods. Additional system refinements include: cargo/ballast control for the containerships; integral bell loggers for the tankers and LSD-41; throttle control for the LSD-41 and one of the CATUGS; and a sophisticated data/alarm/performance monitor logging system for the three containerships.

TANO's experience in marine automation dates from 1969. During the past 11 years, the company has made more than 75 system installations and expects the total to exceed 100 by the end of 1980. Since about 1973, diesel power plants have been gaining in popularity for oceangoing vessels; TANO's last installation on a steam-turbine-powered vessel was in 1978.

The company' is fully integrated in the production of marine systems with facilities and personnel at its New Orleans headquarters and manufacturing plant for all aspects of system design, metal fabrication, assembly, and testing.

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