Avondale Shipyards' New Pipe Fabricating Facility

Demonstrating an electronic model of Avondale Shipyards' innovative new pipe fabricating facility are, left to right, Lee Rice president of Ogden T r a n s p o r t a t i o n , Inc., Richard Brunner, executive vice president of Avondale, and Albert Bossier, president of Avondale.

Looking on is Stanley Frankel, vice president of parent company, Ogden Corporation, which hosted a luncheon meeting at the Whitehall Club, New York City, November 8, for approximately 100 New York financial analysts.

The pipe construction model was unveiled for the first time, and shows a facility — the most advanced of its kind in the world— d e s i g n e d to handle pipe sizes ranging from iy2 inches to 24 inches, applicable not only to shipbuilding but also to chemical, petrochemical, offshore gas and oil, and power generation industries.

Pipe processing is the second costliest operation in the building of a ship, the first being the fabrication of the hull itself, said Mr.

Bossier. With the use of the new plant, the pipe shaping work will be reduced in cost by about 39 percent. The actual facility will be first-stage completed next year at Avondale Shipyards' main yard in New Orleans, La., where Avondale is in its third successive year of record income with a current backlog of almost $1 billion.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 34,  Dec 15, 1978 Joseph Oberfell

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