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NYPE NEWLY ELECTED OFFICERS: Newly elected offi- cers, directors and committee chairmen of The Society of Marine Port Engineers, New York, N.Y., Inc. attended the first meeting of the Society under this leadership at the Downtown Athletic Club on February 15. Pictured above, left to right: (seated) second vice president, Thom- as Jones Jr., American Export Lines; president, Joseph

Thelgie, Marine Transport Lines; first vice president,

William P. Towner, American Bureau of Shipping; and chairman, board of directors, Louis V. Minett; (standing) chairman, Program and Entertainment Committee, Ed- ward English, Atlantic Repair Co., Inc.; chairman, Papers and Technical Committee, John Ant-onetz, Texaco Inc.; chairman, Finance Committee, Harry Ottaway, Francis

A. Martin & Ottaway, Inc.; and chairman, Steering

Committee, Emory Kerr, Marine Transport Lines.

Hellen Speaks On Finland's

Future Plans To Compete

For Building Of Large Tankers

Pictured during the luncheon meeting at the Hotel Bilt- more in New York City, left to right: Nils Hellen, guest speaker; Bo Long, Finnair's Eastern Region's manager in the United States, and T.I. Kola, Consul General of


Nils Hellen, managing director of the Asso- ciation of Finnish Metal, Engineering and

Shipbuilding Industries, recently visited the

United States by invitation of the Finnish

American Chamber of 'Commerce.

Mr. Hellen, in his address as guest speaker to American businessmen and editors at the

Biltm'ore Hotel in New York, illuminated the present position and importance of the ship- building and engineering industries in the economy of his country, particularly empha- sizing their competitiveness on the world markets.

The structure o'f Finnish industrial produc- tion has changed essentially in the last two decades. Other branches of the industry have caught up with the traditional processing of wood. Shipbuilding and engineering, mechani- cal as well as electrical, can claim the most spectacular expansion. In regard to the num- ber of employees and the value of production, the metal branch is now Finland's number one industry. Its share of total exports is 27 percent, second to 50 percent for forest prod- ucts.

In international scope, Finnish industrial en- terprises are comparatively small. Due to their limited capacity, they do not strive to com- pete in terms of quantity. They concentrate instead on specialization and advanced tech- nology. Fields in which Finnish know-how has acquired a high reputation are, for in- stance, metallurgical processing and manufac- ture of a wide range of woodworking machines and materials-handling equipment.

This purposeful course of specialization is also typical of Finnish shipbuilding. Finland ranks 15th in the world's shipbuilding sta- tistics. The size of the biggest ships so far ordered from Finnish shipyards is 150,000 deadweight tons, but many special ships have been built or are under construction which, in their own category, are entitled to the de- scription "biggest in the world."

Large-scale expansion and conversion of major Finnish shipyards have moved the na- tion forward a full generation in only a few years, was Mr. Hellen's report.

Giant semisubmersible oil drilling rigs, op- erating at unprecedented depths of 1,000 meters are part of a new look in Finnish shipbuilding production. Shallow-draft oil tankers, ranging from 150,000 to 300,000 tons are going into production in 1974. And Fin- nish technicians are pressing research to main- tain the nation's world supremacy in new types of icebreaking and Arctic vessels.

Finnish yards have strengthened their grip on the world market for luxury cruise vessels in the 1970s.

Vessels of this type recently completed in

Finland include deliveries of a new fleet of three ships to the Royal Viking Lines, plus three to the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, which operates out of Miami. All are in the over 2O,0OO tonnage class.

At the beginning o'f 1974, Finnish shipyards reported a backlog of orders for 63 vessels on their books.



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