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General Dynamics Gets $310-Million Contract

For LNG Tankers

The Maritime Administration has announced the award of a $310-million contract to the Gen- eral Dynamics Corporation's

Quincy, Mass., shipbuilding divi- sion for construction of two tank- ers to carry liquefied natural gas from Algeria to Lake Charles,

La. The Maritime Administration said it would fund $39.9 million of the cost.

The ships will be built for a partnership formed from units of

Moore-McCormack Bulk Trans- port Inc., the General Dynamics

Corporation, and the Panhandle

Eastern Pipeline Company. Com- pletion is scheduled for December 1979 and March 1980. The ships will be operated by Gastrans Inc., a subsidiary of Moore-McCormack

Bulk Transport.

Each vessel will be 936 feet long and have a beam of 143 feet and a draft of 36 feet. Each will have a capacity of 125,000 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas.

Canal Barge Plans

To Build 112 Barges

Costing $21 Million

Canal Barge Company, Inc., 1200 Hibernia Bank Building, 812

Gravier Street, New Orleans, La., has applied for a Title XI guar- antee to aid in financing the con- struction of 88 semi-integrated open hopper coal barges and 24 box-type open hopper coal barges.

Estimated actual cost of the project is $21,076,000. The 88 semi-integrated barges will have a capacity of 1,500 tons each; the box barges 1,550 tons each. No shipyard was specified in the ap- plication.

The applicant operates a large number of towboats and barges to carry a variety of bulk cargoes, primarily petroleum products, on the Gulf Intracoastal Canal, the

Mississippi River, the Illinois Riv- er, the Ohio River, and other in- land waterways. The new vessels will be used primarily for coal transportation on the Mississippi

River system.

Moore-McCormack Lines

Names Douglas Aiken

To Washington Post

Moore-McCormack Lines, In- corporated, has announced the appointment of Douglas T. Aiken to the staff of the Washington,

D.C., office.

Formerly a vice president of

Carolina Shipping Company,

Charleston, S.C., Mr. Aiken has had broad marketing and man- agement experience in the ocean transportation field.

Moore-McCormack Lines is the ocean shipping subsidiary of

Moore McCormack Resources, Inc., who operate a fleet of American- flag vessels, serving the east coast of South America and South and East Africa from the East

Coast of the United States.

Micro Line Systems

Apply For Title XI For

Ro/Ro Containerships

Micro Line Systems, Inc., 100

West 10th Street, Wilmington,

Del., has applied for a Title XI guarantee to aid in financing the construction of two roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) container vessels of 2,800- deadweight-tons capacity each.

The vessels will be 213 feet long, 50 feet wide, and will have drafts of approximately 16 feet. They will have capacities for 128 twen- ty-foot containers. Ro/ro capabil- ity will be provided via a stern ramp, and the main decks will have a load capacity of 5 tons per square foot, providing heavy-lift capability. Eastern Shipbuilding

Corporation, Boothbay Harbor,

Maine, is building the ships for approximately $2.7 million each.

They are scheduled for delivery in

June and September 1978.

Seres Shipping, Inc., One World

Trade Center, New York, N.Y., will operate the vessels as tramps in various U.S. trades, particularly between U.S. Gulf and Atlantic ports and the Caribbean. They in- tend to carry preference cargoes, nuclear powerplant components, refrigerated containers, and vari- ous other cargoes.

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