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NASSCO Awarded 5-Ship $239-Million Contract

By American Tankships

American Tankships Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Ingram Corporation, New Or- leans, La., has signed a final contract with

National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., for the con- struction of five 37,500-dwt U.S.-flag (Jones

Act) product carriers, it was announced re- cently by Cyrus E. Webb, American Tank- ships president.

According to Mr. Webb, who is also vice president of Ingram Corporation, all five vessels will be built by NASSCO in its San

Diego shipyard. The first vessel is scheduled for delivery in April 1982, with the remain- ing four vessels scheduled over the subse-

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The contract is subject to cancellation if

American Tankships does not obtain a fi- nancing guarantee from the United States

Maritime Administration by May 31, 1980.

In addition, American Tankships has the right under the contract to cancel any of the last four vessels up to stated dates be- tween September 1980 and June 1982.

The vessels to be constructed by NASSCO represent a new class ship with an overall length of 658 feet, a beam of 90 feet, and a fully loaded draft at 36 feet. Mr. Webb also announced that each of the vessels will be powered by a Sulzer slow-speed diesel.

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Kerr Steamship Names

Yang Assistant VP

Alfred C. Yang has been appointed assist- ant vice president by Kerr Steamship Com- pany, Inc. San Francisco, Calif.

Born in Shanghai, China, Mr. Yang re- ceived his early shipping education in Hong

Kong, joining Kerr in 1963. Most recently, he has been line manager for Phoenix Con- tainer Liners (1976) Ltd. $72.4-Million Saudi

Naval Training Contract

Received By Sperry

The Sperry Division of Sperry Corpora- tion has received a $72.4-million contract to provide Saudi Arabian naval forces with training materials and equipment for the operation and maintenance of various navi- gation and combat systems. The contract is part of a major naval expansion program underway by the Saudi Government.

Under the terms of the contract, Sperry will provide instruction books and manuals and some of the training equipment for the operation and maintenance of anti-ship mis- sile systems, fire control systems, electronic warfare systems, sonar and radar systems, computers, and collision avoidance systems, either installed or slated for installation aboard Saudi naval vessels.

Shipment of the instructional materials began several months ago, and is expected to be completed by 1981.

Saleninvest May Buy 7

More Reefer Vessels

Saleninvest, Sweden's largest shipping group, is currently discussing the purchase of seven additional reefer vessels from Ja- pan. The ships, built during the period 1977-79, are to be registered to a foreign subsidiary.

Barges To Move 176%

More Coal—Twice The

Grain By Year 2003

The barge and towing industry will be moving substantially increased volumes of coal and grain by the turn of the century, according to the technical findings of the

National Waterways Study. The findings were presented at a Washington briefing recently, the first in a series of meetings scheduled around the country.

The study, scheduled for completion in 1981, shows that the inland waterways will experience a 176-percent increase in coal movements by the year 2003.

Grain exports moved by barge are also expected to grow dramatically, doubling by the year 2003.

The effort, which will examine waterway commodity flows under 10 different scenarios for 49 commodity classifications and 61 wa- terways segments, is scheduled to produce study findings in the fall of 1980 and rec- ommendations in the spring of 1981.

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