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Largest Winch Produced

By NABRICO—'Big Blue' —Literature Available

A new timesaving barge mov- ing winch with three-speed oper- ation in both directions (to facil- itate the back-and-forth move- ment of barges during loading and or unloading) has been de- veloped by Nashville Bridge Com- pany (NABRICO), Nashville,


Nicknamed "Big Blue" because of its color, the new barge moving winch is the largest winch cur- rently produced by NABRICO, according to Ray Jackson, vice president/materials. The winch weighs approximately 7,000 pounds.

The NABRICO giant "provides 16,000 pounds of continuous line pull of 30 feet per minute, 19 feet per minute or 13 feet per minute depending on your special needs,"

Mr. Jackson said. "In addition," he explained, "the latter two speeds may be specially adjusted if required."

According to Mr. Jackson, hav- ing three speeds from which to select the proper one is a very im- portant time-conserving factor when loading barges. In some in- stances, this feature is expected to save loaders one-third of the time required to load with a sin- gle speed winch. "Big Blue" is built with a self- contained electric-hydraulic pack- age using standard components for economical service. It features a 25-horsepower (230/460-volt) motor.

Installation is as simple as run- ning an electric wire to a power source, with no special piping re- quired for either of the two units. "Big Blue's compact dimensions (18-inch drum diameter and 30- inch drum width) mean that tow- ing power can be installed exactly where you need it," Mr. Jackson explained. "Big Blue" is the latest devel- opment from NABRICO to meet the needs of the towing and water transportation industries.

NABRICO is a wholly owned subsidiary of The American Ship

Building Company, Tampa, Fla.

Headquartered in Nashville, NA-

BRICO has been in the marine field for more than 60 years and is primarily concerned with the design, engineering and construc- tion of grain and coal barges, deck barges, liquid tank barges, ce- ment barges, drydocks, and tow- boats. NABRICO is a major sup- plier to the entire marine indus- try of marine deck hardware. The company, which has plants in both

Nashville and Ashland City, Tenn., pioneered in the design and build- ing of much of the modern equip- ment used on rivers today.

For a free brochure providing complete specifications and infor- mation on "Big Blue," write to

James Alexander, Dept. MR,

Nashville Bridge Company, P.O.

Box 239, Nashville, Tenn. 37202.

Setenave Chairman Named

To Head West European

Shipbuilders Association

Antonio da Costa Leal

Antonio da Costa Leal, chair- man of the Setenave yard in Por- tugal, has been elected president of the Association of West Eu- ropean Shipbuilders (AWES).

Sr. da Costa Leal has had a long career in Portuguese Govern- ment and private industry, begin- ning in 1947. From 1964 to 1974 he was financial manager at the

Lisnave yard and a member of the board of directors for Sete- nave. He became chairman of

Setenave and vice president of the

Lisnave board of directors (as

Government delegate) in 1978.



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