Page 24: of Maritime Reporter Magazine (July 15, 1977)
New Shipyard Operating
North Of Arctic Circle
Harstad Staalindustri, a new and extremely modern shipyard, is in operation. It is located in the city of Harstad in northern Nor- way, on about the same latitude as the north slope of Alaska. The new yard, which is building fish- ing boats, tugboats and other coastal vessels, is a joint venture between three repair and con- struction yards in the city. The yard will build hulls to be out- fitted at the parent companies.
The project was initiated in 1972, when the owners retained
Shipping Research Services (SRS), an international consult- ing firm for shipbuilding and shipping with offices in Oslo, Nor- way, and Alexandria, Va., to make a feasibility study for the project.
The study included preliminary plans for the yard and a forecast of profitability that showed that the project was feasible.
The owners established a joint subsidiary and retained SRS to prepare detailed project plans and cost estimates for the yard. The plans were completed and ap- proved in 1974. Construction started in 1975, and in the fall of 1976 the yard was in operation.
In April of 1977, the first hull—a 156-foot multipurpose fishing ves- sel—was launched.
The yard is a completely en- closed facility consisting of a fab- rication shop and a large welding
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Hulls are erected on indoor ways which are designed so that a hull can be pushed out in steps as it is being completed. This arrangement provides space for starting erection of the next hull before launching the first one.
Heavy emphasis was placed on employing labor-saving methods and equipment while staying with- in a reasonable investment budget.
Based on a thorough analysis of costs and savings, the owners decided to install a numerical con- trolled cutting machine and im- plement the AUTOKON system for computerized engineering and lofting. Shipping Research Serv- ices maintains and markets the
AUTOKON system. This is one of the smallest yards that has implemented an N/C system for in-house operation.
The yard will produce five to six hulls a year, totaling 2,000 to 2,500 tons of steel. The total in- vestments, including office build- ing, came to less than $10 mil- lion. Shipping Research Services
Inc. is located at 205 South Whit- ing Street, Alexandria, Va. 22304.
The Arnessen Corporation an- nounced they have expanded the operations of their London office,
Arnessen Global Services, Ltd.
According to Robert Izmirlian, executive vice president, the Lon- don facility now offers full serv- ice to the marine industry, in- cluding a complete line of elec- trical and mechanical spare and replacement parts for European and Japanese-built ships. Com- plete stocks are maintained in
London for servicing vessels call- ing at European ports.
Mr. Izmirlian further announced that Frederick Morris, A.M.I.M.E., recently joined Arnessen Global
Services, Ltd. as managing direc- tor. Mr. Morris has been active in the marine industry for over 20 years and brings with him a wealth of experience and know- ledge of the marine supply busi- ness. He formerly held the po- sition of vice president, Marine
Operations for Europe, Africa and
India, with the Drew Chemical
Arnessen Global Services, Ltd. is located at 1-5 Clerkenwell Road,
London EC 1 M 5 PA, England.
London Expansion —Morris Appointed
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