American Bureau Of Shipping Classes 53 Vessels In August

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) classed 53 vessels worldwide in August, totaling 381,892 deadweight tons or 273,309 gross tons.

The vessels classed during the month included one French-built 125,188-cubic-meter liquefied natural gas carrier, one Canadianbuilt drilling vessel, one U.S.-built selfelevating drilling unit, and one U.S.-built self-setting production and storage platform.

Also classed were general cargo and bulk cargo vessels, supply vessels, tugs, trawlers, and deck, tank, and hopper barges.

The LNG carrier El Paso Consolidated was constructed by Ateliers & Chantiers de Dunkerque et Bordeaux (France Gironde) for El Paso Consolidated Tanker Co., Monrovia, Liberia. The vessel has six holds, each of which is fitted with an insulated membrane- type cargo tank.

The drilling vessel Sedco/BP471 was constructed in Canada by the Halifax Shipyards Division of Hawker Industries, Ltd., Halifax, Nova Scotia, for Overseas Drilling Limited, Monrovia, Liberia.

In the U.S., Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Shipbuilding Division, Beaumont, Texas, built the self-elevating drilling unit Teledyne Rig 18 for Teledyne Movible Offshore Inc., Lafayette, La., and also the self-setting production and storage platform PH-H1-158-A for Phillips Petroleum Company, Lafayette, La. The Teledyne Rig 18 was designed and constructed to operate at a depth of 250 feet. The PH-H1-158-A has been approved by ABS to operate in the elevated position in 54 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico.

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