Self-Unloading Bulk Carrier Delivered To ASC By Bay Shipbuilding

The newest addition to the American Steamship Company's Great Lakes fleet, a $30-million, 728-foot bulk carrier, was christened and went into service recently.

The new self-unloader is named the American Mariner in honor of the officers and men who dedicate their lives to the sea.

Samuel B. Nemirow, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Maritime Affairs, Maritime Administration, was the principal speaker at the christening ceremony held in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., in the yard of Bay Shipbuilding Corporation, a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company, Inc.

Frank Drozak, executive vice president of the Seafarers International Union, and Raymond T.

McKay, president, District 2, Marine Engineers Beneficial Association- Associated Maritime Officers, delivered remarks at the ceremony. Mrs. Samuel B. Nemirow was the ship's sponsor.

The American Mariner's flexible design will enable her to carry iron ore pellets, coal, and other bulk commodities. The vessel has a 78-foot beam and a midsummer draft of 30 feet 10 inches. She has an unloading rate of 6,000 long tons of iron ore pellets per hour, and a capacity of 31,600 long tons of iron ore pellets. Her two diesel engines will provide a total of 7,000 bhp, and will give her a full-load speed of 15 miles per hour.

The ship is the ninth new carrier to enter service since 1973 in American Steamship's current building program. This has added more than 325,000 long tons in new capacity to the ASC fleet, which now totals 20 vessels.

American Steamship Company, a GATX subsidiary, has been headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., since 1907, and operates the largest fleet of self-unloading vessels on the Great Lakes, serving the steel, utility, chemical, cement, and construction industries. Commodities typically shipped include l i m e s t o n e , coal, iron ore, salt, gypsum, and sand.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 12,  May 1980

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