Quincy Yard To Build $60-Million Collier For New England Electric

New England Electric System of Westboro, Mass., has announced plans for the construction of a 655-foot coal-carrying ship at General Dynamics' Quincy Shipbuilding Division. The $60-million vessel is the first of its type to be built in the United States in more than 25 years.

The coal carrier will go into service in 1983 and will transport 2.2 million tons of steam coal annually to New England Electric's Brayton Point Station in Somerset, Mass., from ports on the U.S. East Coast, probably Norfolk and Baltimore.

The collier will be the first coal-fired steam turbine vessel to be built in a U.S.

yard since 1953. Four others were ordered recently by Australian interests, two to be constructed in Japan and two in Italy.

The machinery plant, which will be supplied by Foster Wheeler and General Electric, will feature mechanical stoker and ash disposal systems, and will incorporate the latest technology in coal-fired boilers. A selfunloading system will enable the ship to discharge its cargo of about 36,000 tons of coal in 11 hours.

Keystone Shipping Company of Philadelphia will operate the carrier for New England Electric.

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