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Nashville Bridge Co. Plans Major

Expansion At Ashland City Yard

A $2-million expansion of the Nashville

Bridge Company Shipyards, Ashland City,

Tenn., was announced recently by A1 Zang, president of NABRICO.

Mr. Zang said the expansion will increase the company's production in Ashland City by as much as 15 percent, and will provide

NABRICO with the capabilities of produc- ing oceangoing vessels there. The expansion is designed to provide NABRICO with the added flexibility necessary to meet the ever- increasing market demands for hopper barges, tank barges and oceangoing vessels.

Construction, which is expected to begin in late March, will require some 18 months for completion. It has been planned in stages so it will not interfere with current produc- tion at the plant. According to Mr. Zang, plans call for an expansion in both the fab- rication and assembly areas at Ashland

City. Some 30,000 square feet will be added to the fabrication area, including a new hatch cover facility. A 50-ton bridge crane will be housed in this area. The assembly area will be increased by 20 percent, adding the capability to effectively translate and launch a 340-foot oceangoing vessel.

NABRICO is a wholly owned subsidiary of The American Ship Building Company,

Cleveland, Ohio. Headquartered in Nash- ville, Tenn., NABRICO has been in the ma- rine field for more than 60 years, and is primarily concerned with the design, engi- neering and construction of grain and coal barges, deck barges, liquid tank barges, ce- ment barges, drydocks and towboats. NA-

BRICO is a major supplier of marine deck hardware to the marine industry. The com- pany, with plants in Nashville and Ashland

City, pioneered the design and building of much of the modern equipment used on rivers today.

Ship Operations Symposium

And Exhibit To Be Held

Sept. 23-25 In N.Y. City

A three-day International Symposium on

Ship Operations (ISOSO) will be held at the

Downtown Athletic Club in New York City

September 23, 24, 25, 1980.

This conference will examine the naviga- tions, weather forecasting, and communica- tions aspects in the maritime industry. An exhibit of the latest equipment from inter- national manufacturers in these three areas will be held concurrently. The sponsors of the symposium are the Maritime Association of the Port of New York, the Council of

American Master Mariners, the American

Institute of Merchant Shipping, and the

Council of American Flag Ship Operators.

Conference chairman Capt. Alfred E. Fiore of Mara-Time Marine Service, commented: "Tremendous strides have been made in the 'new technology' in the areas of navigation, communications, and weather adaptive proc- esses of ship operations. At the same time, there has been a large growth in the size of the world's merchant fleets along with an alarming increase in vessel casualties. The latter development has caused international reaction in the form of severe regulatory requirements. The vessel operators are pres- ently worried about effecting compliance with these new regulations. We feel that the solution of this problem, along with the concommitant interest in saving fuel and safeguarding the marine environment, im- plies an urgent need to spread the word on how this 'new technology' can assist vessel operators in attaining improved safety rec- ords and hence, stay within the spirit and constraints of the new laws. The Symposium on Ship Operations is dedicated to this precept."

For more information on the Symposium and Exhibit, write International Symposium on Ship Operations, 80 Broad Street, 34th

Floor, New York, N.Y. 10004.

ADAC Offers Brochure On 'Energy-Miser' Valve Actuators

ADAC, Hatfield, Pa., recently published a four-page illustrated brochure complete with technical specifications on their new quarter- turn valve actuators.

The brochure highlights the following

ADAC actuators' features: (a) self-locking gear trains permitting the use of drive mo- tors one-third the size required for conven- tional actuators, while providing the same amount of torque; (b) manual operation without declutching; (c) an overload release for both manual and electric operation; (d) conversion of actuator speed without major disassembly in the field; (e) reorien- tation in the field; (f) dual torque switches independently adjustable; (g) multiposition limit switches; (h) valve-mounted installa- tion eliminates need for intermediate gear box.

For a free copy of the brochure on ADAC quarter-turn actuators write Charles F.

Snyder, Manager, Actuator Project, ADAC,

Line Lexington Industrial Park, Hatfield,

Pa. 19440.


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