SNAME Gulf Central Section Told How A Load Line Assignment Is Obtained

The 30th Annual Summer Meeting of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Gulf Central Section was held at the Saxony Restaurant in New Orleans, La., on July 27, 1978.

Prior to the technical session, William W.

Hamilton, SNAME Gulf Section chairman, presented certificates of appreciation to Sal Guarino for his outstanding service as vice chairman of the Gulf Central Section of SNAME for the past two years.

Following the awards, the technical paper of the evening, entitled "Procedure for Obtaining a Load Line Assignment," was presented to a capacity crowd of members and guests from as far away as Cincinnati, Ohio.

The guest speakers and authors of the paper were Ralph Martin, principal surveyor, Hull Technical, American Bureau of Shipping, New Orleans, and Comdr. Daniel F. Bobeck, Chief, Merchant Marine Technical Branch, United States Coast Guard, New Orleans.

The paper presented a comprehensive picture of how a load line assignment is obtained.

The role and requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard and ABS were explained by each author. As stated in the paper, its purpose was to present a step-by-step procedure which, when followed, should ensure a load line assignment on or before the time the vessel is ready to go to work. The authors responded to questions from the audience, following their presentation.

The next meeting will be on the evening of October 12, 1978, when the topic of discussion will be "Developments in Underwater Welding."

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 43,  Sep 1978 Oscar J. Hickox

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