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Todd And APL Sign $32.5 Million Contract
Todd Shipyards Corporation,
New York, N.Y., signed a $32.5 million contract on March 29 with
American President Lines, Ltd. and the Maritime Administration,
U.S. Department of Commerce, for the conversion of five C-4 "Sea- master" freighters to full contain- erships.
Under Maritime's construction- differential subsidy program, the
Government will pay 41.5 percent, or $2,698,375, per ship for the con- version costs, which represents the difference between Todd's bid and the estimated cost of performing the work in a West Europe ship- yard. The 41.5 figure is well below the 45 percent Government con- struction aid ceiling set for 1971 in the Merchant Marine Act of 1970.
The five "Seamasters," which were constructed for American
President Lines in 1967, include the Presidents Fillmore, Grant,
McKinley, Taft, and Van Buren.
Upon conversion, which will re- quire from 345 to 525 days, APL will utilize the vessels in its
U.S. Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific/In- donesia, Malaysia, and Singapore service. The line has announced plans to convert three more con- ventional freighters to container- ships in the near future.
Todd will do the conversion work, consisting mainly of the addition of a 90-foot midbody and container guides in each hold, in its Los
Angeles, Calif., and Seattle, Wash., yards.
Daniel J. Kane Joins
McAllister Brothers, Inc.
Gerard M. McAllister, executive vice president of McAllister Broth- ers, Inc., has announced that Dan- iel Kane, formerly associated with
Massachusetts Port Authority, has joined the sales staff of the Mc-
A graduate of Fordham Univer- sity and the Academy of Advanced
Traffic, Mr. Kane has had long ex- perience in the many varied phases of transportation. Mr. Kane will concern himself with increased de- velopment of the McAllister inter- ests in towing and barge transpor- tation along the East Coast, em- bracing the ports of Philadelphia,
Norfolk, and New York.
Newport Ship Yard Inc.
Names John Romanelli
John N. Romanelli, a retired
Navy lieutenant commander and former Coordination Director of
Overhaul and Conversion for the
United States Navy at the Electric
Boat Division, General Dynamics
Corporation of Groton, Conn., has been named operations supervisor at the Newport Ship Yard, Inc.,
Following Officers' Training
School, Mr. Romanelli became as- sistant repair officer on the subma- rine repair ship USS Bushnell prior to becoming chief engineer on the fleet submarine USS Seacat.
In 1956, he became division engi- neer of the Submarine Division 121, followed a year later by assign- ment as machinery and hull officer at the United States Submarine
Base at New London, Conn., until 1969, when he carried out his last military assignment at Groton.
In announcing the appointment,
Newport Ship Yard president, Neil
C. Peirson, stated that Mr. Roman- elli would play an important part in the expansion plans at the facili- ty that has seen an increase in Gov- ernment contract work in recent years, as well as in the expected activity of the newly-created Ma- rine Industries Division and Cus- tom Boat Building facility.
Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Mr.
Romanelli joined the Navy in 1947 and served on submarines as an en- listed man for 12 years.
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