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Papers Call For First
Of Ocean Engineering
The First Pan-American Con- ference of Ocean Engineering, which will be held in Mexico City,
October 20-23, 1980, sponsored by the Pan-American Federation of
Engineers Associations (UPADI), the Mexican Committee on Ocean
Resources Engineering (COM-
IRO), and others, has decided to extend the deadline for submit- tal of abstracts and papers, as follows: submittal of abstracts,
May 4, 1980; communication of approval of abstracts, May 31, 1980; submittal of papers, July 31, 1980.
The general theme will be "Par- ticipation of Engineers in Na- tional Decisions," and papers on the following general topics are requested: the future of ener- getics, necessary alternatives for development, importance for de- veloping countries, appropriate technological exchange, and inter- relation between Pan-American associations. Two-page abstracts should be submitted to Comite
Organizador del Congreso Pan- americano de Ingenieria Oceanica,
Apartado Postal 60-549, Mexico 18, D.F., Mexico. Cable: ORG-
SUBMEX, Telex: 01771437 CO-
MarAd Awards Contract
For Sailing Ship Study
The Maritime Administration has commissioned a study to de- termine whether wind-powered ships could compete effectively with conventionally powered mer- chant ships, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Samuel B. Nemirow announced recently.
MarAd, an agency of the U.S.
Department of Commerce, award- ed a $138,840 contract for the 12-month study to a team headed by former shipyard executive
Lloyd Bergeson, president of
Wind Ship Development Corpo- ration, Norwell, Mass. The group is to expand upon a preliminary study completed by the Univer- sity of Michigan in 1975. "The Michigan study concluded that a commercial sailing vessel was not then an economically feasible alternative for the Amer- ican merchant marine, but said the figures were close," Mr. Nem- irow said. "With the continued escalation in the price of fuel, we believe it is time for another look."
He noted there are foreign- policy as well as economic reasons for reducing the nation's depend- ence upon foreign oil. "Because it is pollution free and constantly renewed, wind power is an ideal candidate," he added.
The Bergeson group will ana- lyze ship characteristics, trade routes, and commodities to deter- mine market opportunities best suited for sailing ships of various sizes. It also will examine the overall economic potential of sail- ing ships in world trade.
Modern wind-powered cargo ships most likely would empioy hybrid propulsion systems with auxiliary engines for use in calm seas, and to improve maneuver- ing capabilities in harbors and other restricted waterways. Aero- dynamically designed sails made from synthetic materials, coat- ings to protect the ship's hull and reduce friction, and modern com- munications equipment which pro- vides continuous updates on weather patterns are among other possible departures from the sail- ing technology of the 19th cen- tury.
The Bergeson group was se- lected after evaluation of a total of six proposals submitted to Mar-
Ad in response to an August 13, 1979, request for study ideas.
Other members of the contract team are Frank MacLear, presi- dent of the naval architectural firm of MacLear and Harris, New
York, N.Y.; Henry S. Marcus, associate professor of ocean en- gineering at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology; Dr.
James H. Mays, an ocean engi- neering scientist of Providence,
R.I.; A.P. Bates, consultant, Hing- ham, Mass.; Dr. Petrus A.M.
Spierings, consultant, Boston,
Mass.; and P.C. Anderson, presi- dent of Sail Freight, Interna- tional, North Kingstown, R.I.
Three new tugs join the Bay-Houston family.
Three new additions to the Bay-Houston fleet will be the Barbara H. Neuhaus, Laura
Haden and MarkK. All attest to the dedica- tion of Bay-Houston to provide the best towing service available on the Gulf Coast.
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