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NASSCO Awarded $174 Million To Build
National Steel and Shipbuild- ing Company (NASSCO), San
Diego, Calif., has been awarded a contract for the construction of a new "Gompers Class" Destroyer
Tender (AD-43) by the U.S. Navy for a target price of approxi- mately $174 million.
The contract is a fixed-price incentive type with escalation provisions covering labor and materials. The contract brings to three the number of ADs to be built by NASSCO for the U.S.
Navy. AD-41 was contracted for in late 1975, AD-42 was con- tracted for in early 1976, and both will be delivered in 1980.
Delivery of AD-43 is scheduled for November 1981.
The ADs have an overall length of 641 feet 2 inches, a maximum molded breadth of 85 feet, a full load displacement of 19,800 tons, and will cruise at speeds in ex- cess of 20 knots. With a crew of over 1,800 officers and enlisted men, the ADs will have the capa- bility to repair and supply new nuclear-powered destroyers that are equipped with missile systems and advanced communications and electronic systems.
The "Gompers Class" destroyer tenders are the first of their type designed since World War II, and are to replace aging fleet tenders in continuous service for more than 30 years.
The contract for AD-43 brings
NASSCO's current backlog to about $600 million.
Other ships under construction at NASSCO include two 90,000- dwt San Clemente-Class tankers and four 188,500-dwt San Diego-
Class tankers, all of which are to be used in Alaskan oil trade.
National Steel and Shipbuild- ing Company is equally owned by
Kaiser Industries Corporation and
Morrison-Knudsen Company, Inc.
Great Lakes Studies
Awards Total $400,000
The Maritime Administration (MarAd) has announced the award of contracts totaling nearly $400,- 000 for two related studies of
Great Lakes regional port plan- ning and shipping.
One award of $150,000 went to
Frederic R. Harris, Inc. of Lake
Success, N.Y., as the first incre- ment of a two-part, $350,000 com- prehensive port planning and cargo demand study in the eight- state region, including Illinois,
Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota,
New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
This 18-month study will be similar to but broader in scope than a Mid-America port study, covering 17 states in the Missis- sippi River Basin and the Gulf region, announced earlier this year by MarAd, an agency of the
Department of Commerce.
In addition to assessing cargo demand and transportation sup- ply factors (as in the Mid-Amer- ica study), the Harris study will develop port marketing strategies for the Great Lakes system, plus the elements of an ongoing data system which will assist future marketing and planning activities throughout the Lakes region.
The related award of $249,000 went to Simat, Helliesen, and
Eichner, Inc. of Boston, Mass., for a traffic and competition as- sessment of the movement of goods to and from the region via ports on the Great Lakes or com- peting ports on other U.S. coasts.
This 12-month study is de- signed to provide a basic analysis of intermodal traffic, which will be used in the second part of the study to be made by Harris. The traffic analysis will cover compet- itive cargo movements in three modes—water, highway, and rail —and by all classes, including con- tainerized, breakbulk (general), and bulk cargoes.
Both Great Lakes studies were recommended by participants in the U.S. Great Lakes-Seaway Port
Development and Shipper Confer- ence at Dearborn, Mich., in April 1976 and reaffirmed in program review sessions by industry, la- bor, institutional, and government representatives at the Port and
Shipper Conference in Cleveland,
Ohio, last month.
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