Gulf Section SNAME Holds Annual Spring Meeting

Members of the Gulf Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers recently met at the Fairmont Hotel in New Orleans, La., for their Annual Spring Meeting.

Rear Adm. William H. Livingston, USN (ret.), president of the Louisiana Shipbuilding and Repair Association, gave the keynote address at the luncheon meeting.

Throughout the day, technical papers were presented by authors from the Gulf Section, which includes Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

"We were delighted these papers were so enthusiastically received," said Papers chairman Ralph Martin of the American Bureau of Shipping in New Orleans.

Contributors included Harrv W.

O'Brien Jr., "SCR Controlled Propulsion"; Robert H. Nichols and William H. Johnston, "State of the Art of Shipboard Drives — Past, Present, and Future"; Jack Irick, "Design and Construction of the Hondo Platform in 850 Feet of Water in the Santa Barbara Channel"; G. Rogers Smith and S.M. Sangiri, "Selection of Semi-Submersible Drilling Vessels Based on Topside Live Loading Capabilities"; Jack Brandau, "The Ship Model Basin — A Valuable Tool to the Naval Architect" ; and Gary Rook, "Bayou Boat Building as it Relates to Modern Tug Design." A dinner-dance at the Fairmont Hotel for the 450 guests culminated the day's activities.

Louisiana Lt. Gov. James Fitzmorris was the special guest at the evening social.

General chairman of the Gulf Section is Fred Shumaker of El Paso LNG Co. He will be succeeded in 1977 by William W.

Hamilton of Friede & Goldman, Inc.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 50,  May 15, 1977

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