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National Marine Shipyard

Division To Open New

Gulf Coast Facilities

The Shipyard Division, National Marine

Service Incorporated, will open a new divi- sion location, E.E. Ahlemeyer, president of the division has announced.

The new facility will be in the New Or- leans, La., area on the Harvey Canal. Lo- cated at 540 Destrehan Avenue in Harvey, the Gulf Coast branch will specialize in parts and service for General Motors EMD diesel engines.

The new unit will also provide 24-hour repair service, complete diesel engine over- haul and repairs, block welding, line boring and a large EMD parts inventory.

The Harvey location was selected to fa- cilitate service to the marine, industrial and offshore industries in the Gulf Coast and

South Atlantic states.

National Marine pioneered rapid overhaul of diesel engines, and routinely provides overhaul of higher horsepower diesels in as little as 48 hours.

The company maintains a "go-anywhere" policy to provide quick on-site repair of downed diesel engines, and regularly sends its repair crews to points throughout the world.

The Shipyard Division's central facility is located at Hartford, 111., just above the con- fluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Riv- ers, and provides extensive drydocking, re- pair and cleaning services to marine and



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LNG Virgo Named

At General Dynamics

The Group managing director of Burmah

Oil Company Ltd. of England declared re- cently that tapping reserves of natural gas readily available in many countries "is one of the simplest ways of developing new sources of energy."

The 936-foot LNG Virgo was christened during naming ceremonies at General Dynamics' Quincy (Mass.) Ship- building Division. The Virgo will join seven sisterships delivering liquefied natural gas to Japan.

Speaking at the naming ceremony for the giant liquefied natural gas tanker LNG

Virgo, Stanley .1. Wilson said he found it "incredible that we should stand around be- wildered at the disappearance of old sources of energy while doing almost nothing to open up new resources that are readily available."

Mr. Wilson, whose wife Molly christened the eighth LNG tanker to be built at Gen- eral Dynamics' Quincy (Mass.) Shipbuilding

Division, said the world could open up the new resources "by recreating the necessary will, determination and urgency. . .."

Mr. Wilson told the thousands of shipyard workers and distinguished guests at the ceremony that the tankers built in the yard "can provide the transport" for the new sources of energy. "Ships built in this yard are no longer prototypes. They are the norm."

The 936-foot LNG Virgo is scheduled to join seven sisterships which have been de- livering liquefied natural gas from Indonesia to Japan for more than two years. By the end of 1979, the ships will have made about 177 round trips to Japan, delivering 469 billion cubic feet of natural gas — enough to heat the homes in the greater Boston area for 12 years.

Also participating in the naming cere- mony were David S. Lewis, General Dy- namics chairman and chief executive officer,

P. Takis Veliotis, corporate vice president and general manager of its Electric Boat

Division, and Joseph H. Lennox, Quincy

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