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Representatives Meet For First Time In Bahrain
Shown above is the hull of a super tugboat being built at Marystown Shipyard
Limited, for use in North Sea offshore oil work.
Seventeen representatives from
ASRY's 14 ship repair agencies are shown above meeting for the first time in Bahrain. It was a truly international meeting with the 14 different agency nationali- ties being entertained by Arab
Shipbuilding & Repair Yard man- agement, which is Arab, Portu- guese, and British, as well as
ASRY's chairman, Bahrain's Min- ister of Works, Power and Water,
His Excellency Majid Al-Jishi.
The purpose of their visit was threefold: (1) To discuss the new sales package presented to them by ASRY. It is anticipated that this package will result in the booking of at least seven vessels into the ASRY drydock before the Inaugural Ceremony on De- cember 16, 1977. (2) To see the
ASRY drydock in the final stages of construction and to witness, first-hand, the first-class and up- to-date shops and the equipment which has been installed in the
ASRY shops. (3) To familiarize themselves with Bahrain—its cli- mate, amenities, local customs and topography.
ASRY's worldwide agency net- work consists of the following countries and their agents: Bene- lux—Euro Shipbuilders & Marine
Agencies; Brazil — Sonave S.A.-
Comercio E Industria; Denmark—
Totaling $7 Million
Dravo Corporation, Pittsburgh,
Pa., has received two contracts totaling $7 million for the design, engineering and construction of a coal barge unloading system and a 40-cell dock at Allegheny
Power Systems' Pleasants Power
Station at Willow Island, W.Va.
The unloading system will in- clude a bucket-elevator barge un- loader and shuttle barge haul sys- tem designed to handle 3,300 tons of coal an hour from barges. The dock facility will be used for un- loading coal and lime for the plant's pollution control system.
The first of the two new 626-
Aktieselskabet Maritime Agency;
France—Bigard le Grand S.A.;
Germany—Wilhelm Schmidt, In- genieur-Dock-Werftburo; Greece —N. Bogdanos Marine Bureau;
Hong Kong—Island Navigation
Corp.; Italy, Monte Carlo and
Cambiaso Risso; Japan—Nissho-
Iwai Co. Limited; Norway—Hen- ning Astrup A/S; Spain—Fer- nando de Azqueta Bernar; Sweden and Finland—A.B. August Leffler & Son; U.K.—Keller, Bryant &
Co.; and USA—Bethlehem Steel
The ASRY agents' agenda in- cluded a visit to the ASRY yard, a tour of Bahrain to see dhow building, hand pottery and weav- ing, as well as Bahrain's existing infrastructure and industrializa- tion. Functions were held at the
Hilton Hotel, and meetings at the
ASRY offices were followed by buffet lunch and dinner at the
Delmon and Gulf Hotels, respec- tively.
The reaction by the agents to
ASRY and Bahrain was one of amazement. One was heard to say, "I thought I was coming to a stinking hot sand pit in the middle of nowhere, only to find the Garden of Eden, a beautiful climate and a fantastic yard." megawatt units on the Ohio River will be in commercial service in 1979. United Engineers & Con- structors Inc. of Philadelphia has overall responsibility, under di- rection of the Allegheny Power
Service Corporation, for the engi- neering and construction of the station. Allegheny Power System includes three operating compan- ies — Monongahela Power Com- pany, The Potomac Edison Com- pany, and the West Penn Power
Dravo is an international en- gineering, construction and man- ufacturing firm with more than 50 years' experience in civil con- struction and the design and man- ufacture of materials handling systems.
Marystown Shipyard Limited,
Marystown, Newfoundland, Can- ada, now currently working on a $23-million Norwegian order to build five of the heaviest class of tugboats used in offshore oil operations, is now establishing a vessel production control system, extending its production facility and building a new plumber's shop.
Anthony Barclay, Marystown's general manager, said this expan- sion program is on top of a recent building program which included a new 200-foot-long fitting-out dock, a 7,600-square-foot sheet metal shop for light fabrication, and a 1,200-square-foot assembly bay for specialized custom-built contracts.
Commenting on Marystown's expansion program, Mr. Barclay said: "Thanks to our expansion,
Marystown is emerging as one of North America's most efficient and well-equipped shipbuilding and ship repair facilities of its size."
Easily accessible to the North
Atlantic shipping lanes, the 10- year-old Canadian shipyard is owned by the Newfoundland Gov- ernment. Commenting on future sales possibilities, John Lundri- gan, the province's Minister of
Industrial Development, said: "We are pleased with our per- formance to date on the tugboat order for Norway, and we are currently bidding on orders from the Middle East, Europe, the Far
East, and Southeast Asia. Marys- town's expansion should put us in a good position to win some of these new contracts, as well as construction of trawlers result- ing from Canada's new 200-mile fishing limit."
Helping Marystown Shipyard secure new international orders are its agents located in Norway,
West Germany, the Netherlands, and Singapore.
The current $23-million order for five super tugboats is for K-S
Normand Tugs A.S. of Skuden- shaven, Norway, which will use them in North Sea oil work. The
Norwegian company already has nine supply boats operating there, but the 140-foot-long anchor- handling tugboats being built in
Newfoundland will feature an 80- ton bollard pull, and each will be equipped with 6,000-horsepower twin-screw controllable-pitch pro- pellers.
According to Mr. Barclay, the first tug for Normand will be completed this fall by the work force of 350. Two of the vessels are on the berth, with steel work almost complete. The first units of the third were erected in July.
One reason why Marystown
Shipyard Ltd. is highly regarded is its "under cover" facilities, where construction can go on day and night and during inclement weather. Another unusual feature is a side transfer carriage ena- bling ships under construction to be moved laterally from one berth to another, giving the yard an exceptional degree of operational flexibility and mobility.
The new Marystown publica- tion also describes the yard's preparation shop, assembly and erection unit, engineering facil- ity, joiner's shop, .repair berths and wharves, and its Syncrolift marine elevator which can dry- dock vessels up to 280 feet long.
This unit has a maximum lifting capacity of 3,000 tons.
The new 16-page report on
Marystown Shipyard Ltd. can be obtained at no charge by writing
Anthony Barclay, Marystown
Shipyard Limited, P.O. Box 262,
Marystown, Newfoundland, Can- ada.
Marystown Shipyard Reports On Progress Of $23-Million Norwegian Tugboat Contract 14 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News