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Papers Call For First

Pan-American Conference

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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