Avondale Christens The Oxy Grower

Christening c e r e m o n i e s were held recently at Avondale Shipyards, Inc., for the Oxy Grower, a 57,000-dwt t u g - b a r g e combination vessel built by Avondale Shipyards for a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation.

The Oxy Grower is the third and final chemical tanker of the integrated catamaran tug-barge design built at this shipyard.

Mrs. John Culhane of Los Angeles, Calif., served as sponsor.

Mr. Culhane, vice president of Occidental Petroleum Corporation for planning and new business, was principal speaker.

Other principals involved in the Oxy Grower christening included Albert L. Bossier Jr., president of Avondale Shipyards, Inc., who presided over the ceremony; Miss Michelle Tierce, daughter of Mr.

and Mrs. Bobby Tierce, served as flower girl. The position of flower girl is traditionally given to the daughter of an Avondale employee.

Miss Tierce's father is a shipfitter in the Westwego Yard.

The Oxy Grower, designed to carry superphosphoric acid (SPA) and other liquid chemicals in five stainless steel tanks, and petroleum products in 10 wing tanks, embarked on her maiden voyage about the middle of September.

The vessel will join her sister ships Oxy Trader and Oxy Producer in shipment of SPA to the Soviet Union.

Occidental, a natural resources company under the leadership of Dr. Armand Hammer, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, is a major producer and distributor of agricultural chemicals.

Avondale Shipyards, Inc. is a subsidiary of Ogden Corporation, which operates in the major market areas of metals, transportation, and food.

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