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Sandy Hook Dispatch Boat

Delivered By Gladding-Hearn

UNIQUE OPERATION of simultaneously docking two 680-foot-long ships in the 1,200-foot long building and servicing basin at Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Sparrows Point shipyard near Baltimore was well worth the effort in time saved. These vessels are two of the five former Barber Steamship Lines ships currently being reflagged for inclusion in the U.S.

Navy's Ready Reserve Fleet. The ships are being brought up to U.S. standards as specified by the Coast Guard, American Bureau of Shipping, and other regulatory bodies.

Alsthom Unit Strengthens

Position In Norwegian

Offshore Market

Alsthom's ACB unit in Nantes,

France, has decided to create a sub- sidiary in Norway, called ACB

Norge A/S, to develop business in the Norwegian offshore market.

ACB thus intends to concentrate efforts in Norway on activities for which it already has significant in- volvement, including Skuld technol- ogy (Elf Aquitaine license), subsea control systems, and power swivels for oil drilling.

Efforts made to implement closer cooperation and technology trans- fers with Norwegian industrial firms recently led to the signing of several agreements, with Kongsberg Vaa- perfabrikk for Skuld technology and with Liaaen Helitron for subsea control systems. ACB also estab- lished contact in 1984 with the Nor- wegian firm Temco Engineering to cooperate on the sale of drilling rig equipment.

In the future, ACB intends to pursue R&D and to work with Nor- wegian partners toward develop- ment of products aimed at the world oil market.

The N.Y.-N.J.-Sandy Hook Pilots

Association recently took delivery of a high-speed, rough-water commut- er dispatch boat. It is a 64-foot, all- aluminum, twin-screw vessel de- signed by C. Raymond Hunt Asso- ciates of Boston, Mass., and built by

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, The

Duclos Corp., Somerset, Mass. The

Sandy Hook cruises at 20 knots and has a top speed of 24 knots. Built on the Hunt "deep-V" design, her am- ple hull is smoothly and quietly powered by M.A.N. Model D-2542-

MLE engines, each developing 545 hp at 1,800 rpm. Columbian Tetra- dyne four-blade 35-inch Ni-bral propellers and Aquamet-22 tail- shafts make up the balance of the propulsion train.

Topside, the Sandy Hook features a spacious amidships cabin divided into the pilothouse and salon area.

Both areas are electric-baseboard heated and fully air-conditioned (Marine Air Systems, water-cooled).

In the well-equipped pilothouse, the center helm features a vertically set, 30-inch destroyer wheel controlling a Hynautic hydraulic steering sys- tem. Lexan skylights over the helm area and double-hung windows in the aft bulkhead allow for added ventilation when the air condition- ing system is off. The salon space affords a comfortable and roomy area for commuting pilots. Six re- clining chairs on a raised platform occupy the starboard side; two more are located foward on the port side.

Salon ports and windows are of tinted glass.

Quarters below offer accommoda- tions for 10 (six bunks in the amid- ships area and four bunks foward).

There are two toilet compartments, one of which includes a shower, which are located between the berthing spaces.

On deck, main walkways from the engine room foward, as well as handrails from the cabin doors fo- ward, are hot-water-heated for safe- ty in winter weather. Hull guards include Johnson 7-inch diameter tendering and slanted strakes of D- section rubber.

For more information on the San- dy Hook, see the August 15, 1985 issue of MARITIME REPORTER, page 6.

Rolv Berg Drive Awarded

Contract By ONGC For

Engineering Services

ONGC, the state oil company of

India, has awarded another contract for quality assurance and engineer- ing services to Rolv Berg Drive A/S of Tromso, Norway. This latest con- tract involves an advanced geotech- nical vessel under construction in

La Rochelle, France. The vessel, which features advanced geotechni- cal equipment as well as a satura- tion diving system and dynamic po- sitioning, Forms part of ONGC's extensive newbuilding program for offshore-related tonnage.

Other ONGC contracts for which

Rolv Berg Drive is carrying out sim- ilar services are for diving support/ well stimulation vessels under con struction in India and South Kor- ea.

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