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Hitachi To Supply China

With Two Jackup-Type

Offshore Drilling Rigs

Hitachi Zosen recently re- ceived an order from the China

National Machinery Import and

Export Corporation (MACHIM-

PEX) to supply two jackup-type offshore oil drilling rigs (slot type) capable of operating at depths of 300 feet.

The rigs will be manufactured at the Osaka Works (Sakai) of

Hitachi Zosen and will have a platform length of approximately 213 feet, breadth of 212 feet, and depth of 26 feet. They will have a maximum operating depth of about 300 feet, a maximum drill- ing depth of 20,000 feet, and will be classified ABS with comple- ments of 108. The first rig will be delivered in October 1979, and the second in January 1980.

The China order follows a re- cent engagement with National

Drilling Company (NDC) of Abu

Dhabi for the delivery of three jackup-type drilling rigs. Hitachi

Zosen's order backlog for jackup- type drilling rigs now ranks high among those of the world's oil drilling rig manufacturers.

Sohio Elected To

Membership In AIMS

Following a meeting of the board on July 28 in Philadelphia, Pa., the election of the Standard Oil

Company (Ohio) to membership in the American Institute of Mer- chant Shipping (AIMS) was an- j nounced by AIMS board chairman

Adrian S. Hooper. Mr. Hooper is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of IOT Corpora- tion. Sohio, heavily involved in the construction, chartering and op- eration of U.S.-flag tankers and bulk carriers, is headquartered in

Cleveland, Ohio. As the 27th com- I pany on AIMS's roster, Sohio joins an association whose mem- | bers own or operate over 200

American-flag tankers, chemical, liquefied natural gas and dry bulk carriers in U.S. domestic and for- eign commerce. John T. Jacobson, manager marine transportation, has been designated to represent

Sohio as its principal official.

Salsola Shipping S.A.

Names Three Executives

O. Arnold Larsen and George J.

Kunkel have been named executive vice presidents of Salsola Ship- ping Lines, S.A. Both will be headquartered at the company's

New York office.

Mr. Larsen will be responsible for the overall supervision of Sal- sola's Far East service. Mr. Kun- kel will supervise the line's Medi- terranean-Red Sea-India service.

Salsola has also announced that

Song Fong Wu, formerly a vice president of Ta Peng Line, has joined the company as vice presi- dent of its Far East Service. He will be headquartered in Salsola's

New York office.

August 15, 1978 33

BSRA Confidential

Report On Catamarans

Can Now Be Purchased

A recently compiled memoran- dum on catamarans, prepared by the British Ship Research Asso- ciation and originally confidential to its member companies, is now available for general sale.

The memorandum summarizes current international design knowledge on catamarans as well as information regarding service performance, and discusses the feasibility of building large, high- speed, oceangoing vessels.

One of the conclusions is that catamarans may be superior to single-hulled vessels for certain applications by virtue of their rel- atively large deck areas and good transverse stability, maneuvera- bility and course-keeping qualities ahead and astern.

The 40-page memorandum, "Catamarans—A summary of their features, their use, and cur- rent design knowledge" (refer- ence TM 527), by H.J. Vercoe,

BSc, MSc, is available, price £25, from BSRA, Wallsend Research

Station, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear

NE28 6UY.

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