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Central Gulf Seeking

Title XI For LASH Barges

Costing $7.5 Million

Central Gulf Lines of New Or- leans, a subsidiary of Internation- al Shipholding Corporation, has applied for a Title XI guarantee from MarAcl to aid in financing the construction of 409 LASH barges.

Delivery of the barges, which are to be used in foreign trade between U.S. Gulf and Atlantic ports and the Middle East, North- ern Europe, and Southeast Asia, is scheduled to begin in Septem- ber this year.

The proposed builder is Berger- on Shipyard, Port Bienville, Miss.

The Title XI guarantee would cov- er $6,571,000, or 871/, percent of the total cost of $7,510,647.

Blancke Gets Contract

For Fishboat Design

Blancke Marine Services, Inc.,

Westville, N.J., has obtained a contract from Chico Associates for the preliminary design of a 167-foot freezer / trawler vessel.

Primarily designed to catch, freeze, and package various un- derutilized species of fish located in the North and Central Atlantic

Fisheries Management Zone, it also will be capable of acting as a factory/mother ship for smaller fishing boats.

The vessel will have an overall length of 167 feet, beam of 36 feet, depth to main deck of 17 feet, and draft of 16 feet. With a crew of 22 and berthing for an observer and an owner's repre- sentative, the trawler will be pow- ered by a medium-speed diesel engine driving a controllable-pitch propeller in a Kort nozzle.

The processing deck is totally enclosed, with sufficient space for automated equipment. Capacity of the blast freezer is 50 tons of fish per day; frozen storage capacity is 300 tons of boxed fish. All fish- ing gear and winches will be pow- ered hydraulically.

The design for this vessel is expected to be completed by July this year, when it will be offered for competitive bids. Construction is expected to begin in November.

Tracor Will Develop

Communications System

For Inland Waterways

Tracor, Inc.'s Applied Sciences

Group has been contracted, on a consulting basis, to perform the engineering development of an au- tomated Inland Waterways Com- munications System, which will provide automated voice and data communications services along the Mississippi River and its con- necting waterways.

The Austin, Texas, firm will de- velop the system under a contract from Waterway Communications

System, Inc. (WATERCOM), an organization of major towboat and barge operators which, with support from the Maritime Ad- ministration of the U.S. Depart- ment of Commerce, has developed the operational requirements for an automated maritime radio com- munications system.

Development of the system meets a recently proposed rule of the Federal Communications Com- mission, which recognizes the need for this type of communi- cations system network, and is planning new maritime frequency allocations for this purpose.

Dr. William C. Moyer, group vice president of Tracor Applied

Sciences, said this effort will be performed in the Electronics Sys- tems Division, Arlington, Va. He explained that Tracor will develop hardware specifications, software design, and prototype models for the inland waterways communi- cations project. "The WATERCOM System should provide every subscriber with voice and data capability identical to that provided by the

North American telephone net- work," Dr. Moyer said.

Robert G. Shuster, division vice president of Electronics Systems, has named James Douglas, direc- tor of Applications Engineering, as program manager for the proj- ect. Mr. Shuster said the Tracor- designed system will emphasize simplicity in operation, ease of maintenance, and straightforward interconnection with both exist- ing and planned communications equipment.

Perko, Inc. has become the nation's first, and only, company to achieve the "final acceptance" classification for various lights.

These lights have been tested by Under- writers Laboratories, Inc. under UL

Standard #1104 and have been classified as meeting the United States Coast Guard requirements under the 72 Colregs for use on all vessels over 20 meters (65.7 feet).

Perko takes this opportunity to thank our navigation lights design and engineering team for their effort and devotion.

If you would like more information on the final acceptance lights, please contact

Perko, Inc. and ask for your free copy of

Section B of the catalog entitled "Navigation Lights for Vessels over 20

Meters (65.7 feet)."

Perko — First with final acceptance lights.

But what else would you expect from a company that's been lighting the way for 72 years?


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