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Zidell Repairing Three

Coast Guard Vessels At

Total Cost Of $1 Million

Three U.S. Coast Guard ships were moored at docks of Zidell Explorations, Inc., Port- land, Ore., recently for regular maintenance and repair. One, the buoy tender Iris will also have its entire electrical system re- placed, necessitated by a fire at sea that caused extensive damage to the engine room.

All told, the three repair jobs are valued at over $1 million to the company's Marine

Repair Division.

Buoy tender Plane Tree is one of three Coast Guard ships being worked on by Zidell in contracts totaling over $1 million.

Plane Tree and Iris are sister ships, buoy tenders of the 180-foot class, 1,025 tons each, with single screws. Iris, while working with a buoy, took a wave from the stern which swamped the engine room, short-circuited the electrical system, and caused an oil-fed fire. The ship had to be towed to port.

Confidence, a 210-foot cutter, went into drydock two days after Plane Tree floated free to be tied up at Zidell's docks for fur- ther fitting.

Much of the work to be done on Plane

Tree and Iris consists of general repair and replacement of sea-worn parts and fittings.

Both ships will have cargo hoisting gear, anchors, and anchor chains overhauled, along with renewal of watertight doors and hatches and repair or replacement of various parts of the fuel systems. Plane Tree will also have its rudder and pintle bushings replaced, and warping winch overhauled, the Fathom- eter transducer replaced, and other electronic repairs and servicing carried out. Total cost is estimated around $350,000.

Iris, in addition to regular maintenance and replacement of worn parts, will require overhaul of ventilation fan motors, both main generators and service generators. All asbestos insulation in the engine room will be replaced, as will the fire-damaged deck covering and switchboards. Iris is expected to be undergoing repairs for many months, as the switchboards must first be designed, then Coast Guard-approved and fabricated.

Cost of general repairs will be about $262,000, with design of the switchboard and replacing of the entire electrical system estimated, at this time, to exceed another $250,000.

Confidence will have regular maintenance work done on the hull, anchor chains and boat davits overhauled, sprinkler system modified, new galley ranges installed, re- pairs made to the controllable-pitch propeller mechanism, propeller blades inspected and tested, and considerable modification of the electronic systems carried out. Cost will be around $250,000.

Marine Equipment & Consultants

To Represent Vent Check Valves

And Level Gauges For Winel

Winel of America, Inc., Grafton, Ohio, re- cently appointed Marine Equipment & Con- sultants, Inc., P.O. Box 3578, New Orleans,

La. 70177 as sales representatives for the

Winel Tank Vent Check Valves and the

Seetru Level Gauges in the states of Lou- isiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Richards Associates

Named Hydro's Gulf

Coast Representative

Hydro Products, Inc. of San Diego has an- nounced the appointment of C.A. Richards and Associates of Houston to Hydro's world- wide sales network. Charles A. Richards and his associates will be responsible for the sales activity in the Gulf Coast region, with service support through Hydro's Houston

Service Center.

Hydro Products, a wholly owned subsid- iary of Tetra Tech, Inc., is engaged in de- veloping, manufacturing and marketing un- derwater television systems, illumination systems, instruments and remote controlled vehicles used primarily in the offshore oil, marine construction and utility industries.



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