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Jackup Rig Contract
To Bethlehem Beaumont
Huthnance Drilling Company has awarded Bethlehem Steel
Corporation's Beaumont, Texas, shipyard a contract for construc- tion of a new jackup rig, the
The new rig, expected to be de- livered in June 1979, will drill off
Louisiana under a one-year con- tract with The Superior Oil Com- pany.
In announcing the award, Sher- man Perry, general manager of the Beaumont shipyard, said that the contract brings to six the number of offshore jackup rigs currently under contract by Beth- lehem, and will provide additional employment for about 225 work- ers in the yard.
The Acadian Spirit will be capa- in New Iberia, La., Huthnance ble of drilling wells to 25,000 feet Drilling Company is currently op- while operating in water depths erating three platform rigs in the of 12 to 112 feet. The rig is de- Gulf of Mexico under contracts signed for drilling in a variety of with Exxon, Gulf Oil and Penn- soil conditions found in the Gulf zoil. of Mexico, ranging from the ex- William Huthnance, head of tremely soft bottoms near the Huthnance Drilling, noted at the mouth of the Mississippi River to contract agreement that this is the firm soils offshore Texas. the fourth time he has been as-
Headquartered in Houston, sociated with the Beaumont ship-
Texas, with an operations office yard. The other occasions were during construction of Rangers I,
II and III, all workover rigs for shallow-water use.
American President Lines
Appoints F.D. Finlayson
To Newly Created Post
William B. Hubbard, senior vice president-operations for Ameri- can President Lines, Ltd., Oak- land, Calif., has announced the appointment of F. Douglas Fin- layson to the new position of assistant vice president-marine operations.
F. Douglas Finlayson
A 26-year veteran of vessel op- erations and design management,
Mr. Finlayson will function as sec- ond in command for all areas of
APL vessel operations, reporting to Charles M. Deering, vice presi- dent-marine operations. He will also be responsible for the co- ordination of the input from all segments of the Operations Divi- sion into APL's vessel replace- ment program. He will actively participate as the Operations rep- resentative in all phases of that program.
Mr. Finlayson joins APL, hav- ing served Marcona Corporation since 1965 in positions as naval architect, general manager-design construction, and since 1974, vice president-marine operations.
A graduate of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scot- land, with a degree with distinc- tion in naval architecture, he served as deck officer in the Brit- ish and Canadian merchant fleets, and as an officer in the Royal Ca- nadian Navy. He has also held various positions with Philip F.
Spaulding & Associates, a Seattle,
Wash.-based consulting engineer- ing firm specializing in naval ar- chitecture.
Mr. Finlayson is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping
Committee on Naval Architec- ture, and The Society of Naval
Architects and Marine Engineers.
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