MarAd Awards Five Research Contracts

The Maritime Administration has awarded the following research and development contracts: A $442,000 contract to Combustion Engineering, Inc., Windsor, Conn., to investigate the potential improvement in atomization of marine bunker fuels that have been emulsified with water. The investigation involves both cold flow characteristics of oil/water emulsified fuels and actual combustion performance measurements of emulsified fuels using present marine-type burners/ atomizers. The research efforts will be performed at the research facilities of Krisinger Development Laboratory of Combustion Engineering, Inc.

A $225,000 contract to Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, to perform a Stateof- the-Art Assessment of Tank Level Gauging and Indicating Systems. The study will investigate the performance and reliability of gauging and indicating systems in present use aboard ship, and evaluate generically at least six systems. The study also will provide specification and guidance criteria for selecting these systems for use in the marine environment.

A cost-shared (50/50) contract in the amount of $224,000 to Drew Chemical Corporation, Boon- ton, N.J., to undertake an At-Sea Test and Evaluation of Condensate Polishing. The research will acquire information on the performance of these systems aboard ship in enhancing the maintenance of feed-water quality and purity with the prospect that these systems will be needed for future high-temperature and high-pressure, fuel-efficient, reheat steam turbine propulsion systems.

A fixed-price contract in the amount of $264,491 to Mystech Associates, Inc., Mystic, Conn., to assess the scope of spare parts provisioning, utilization and control in the maritime industry. The study will analyze qualitatively and quantitatively the spare parts requirements of a typical merchant vessel; survey prevailing industry practices and experiences in such areas as spare parts identification, procurement, and shore-based stocking; and survey selected manufacturers of marine components and equipment concerning their future plans for maintaining spare parts inventories.

A fixed-price contract in the amount of $89,645 to Chi Associates, Inc., Arlington, Va., to undertake a study to determine the applicability and impact of imposing shoreside air-quality emission laws and regulations on merchant vessels while in port.

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