Carrington Slipways Launches Three Vessels In One Week

Carrington Slipways Pty. Ltd., Old Punt Road, Tomago, New South Wales, Australia 2322, recently launched three vessels in one week.

The first was a 500-cubic-meter (about a 17,657-foot) split hopper dumb barge. Mrs.

P.C. Kelly broke the bottle to launch the first barge on October 14.

The second vessel, also a 500-cubic-meter split hopper dumb barge, was launched by Mrs. J. McCulloch on October 16, 1978.

Both ladies are wives of commissioners of the Melbourne Harbor Trust for whom the barges have been built.

Construction time was lx/i months.

The barges will work in Melbourne, carrying dredging spoil from the Yarra River to Port Phillip Bay.

The vessels have been constructed to a unique design by I.H.C. of Holland. The "split hopper barges" are two half-hulls hinged along the fore and aft centerline at deck level, and are opened and closed by large hydraulic rams.

The third launching for the week was the Eastern Tide, a 59-meter (about a 194- foot) oil rig supply vessel built for Tidewater Port Jackson Marine Pty. Ltd.

Lady Marks, wife of Sir John Marks, C.B.E., chairman of Brambles Industries Limited, officially named the ship on October 21, 1978.

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