Approve $16-Million MarAd Title XI Guarantee For Coal-Carrying Barge

The Maritime Administration has approved the award of contracts totaling nearly $27 million for the retrofitting of pollution abatement and safety equipment aboard four tankers and two ore / bulk/oil (OBO) vessels owned by subsidiaries of the Berger Group, Lake Success, N.Y. The retrofits are needed to bring the ships into compliance with the Port and Tanker Safety Act of 1978.

Under MarAd's constructiondifferential subsidy (CDS) program, $13.9 million of the contract cost will be borne by the government. The work will be done by Jacksonville Shipyards, Jacksonville, Fla. It will include installation of crude oil washing systems, inert gas systems with i n d e p e n d e n t gas g e n e r a t i ng plants, and pollution monitoring systems.

Jacksonville's negotiated fixed price for the reconstruction of each of the 91,800-deadweightton (dwt) tankers American Heritage Heritage and Golden Monarch is $4,- 907,550. The price for work on each of the similarly sized tankers Golden Dolphin and Golden Endeavor is $4,754,307. The fixed price is $3,815,021 for work on each of the 83,200-dwt OBOs Ultrasea and Ultramar.

The CDS approved for this work is approximately 46 percent of the total cost of the retrofits.

This represents the difference between the fixed price and the estimated cost of performing the work in a foreign yard. (Japan 7 Singapore was used as the representative foreign shipbuilding center to establish the foreign c o s t s of r e t r o f i t t i n g the six Berger vessels.) In addition to the CDS, the federal government will pay $1,450,- 000 for the installation of national defense features on all six vessels.

National Steel & Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, Calif., built the vessels. The Ultramar was delivered in 1973, the Golden Dolphin and Ultrasea in 1974, the Golden Monarch in 1975, the American Heritage in 1976, and the Golden Endeavor in 1977.

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