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Bay Shipbuilding Will Build
Oceangoing Bulk Cargo Barge
For Universal American
At contract signing, George K. Geiger, vice president and general manager, Bay Shipbuilding (left), and
Karl L. Meyer, president, Universal American Barge
Corporation, seal with a handshake the signing of the contract to build a 550-foot cargo barge.
Bay Shipbuilding Corp. has announced the signing of a contract to build an oceangoing bulk cargo barge for Universal American
Barge Corporation of Greenwich, Conn. This will be the first vessel built for Universal
American Barge by Bay Ship.
The 550 by 78-foot tug notch barge will be used as a bulk cargo carrier handling coal and other bulk cargoes. Cargo capacity will be 33,000 short tons of coal. The stern will be fitted with a deep notch to accommodate a tug of 7,200 bhp. Two fixed skegs with adjustable flaps at the trailing edga will be provided to maintain directional stability under towing conditions. Bay Shipbuilding has responsibility for vessel design, and will deliver vessel to owner within nine and one- half months from contract signing.
This will be the fourth oceangoing tug notch barge recently built by Bay Ship- building, a subsidiary of The Manitowoc
Company, Inc., located in Sturgeon Bay,
Wis., on Lake Michigan.
Bergeron Launches 100th
Vessel Built At Its
A significant event occurred recently at
Bergeron Marine when the barge CMS-563 (shown above) slid down the launchways at the company's Port Bienville facility. The 120-foot by 30-foot by 7-foot steel deck barge built for Central Marine Service, Inc., New
Orleans, was the 100th vessel constructed at the Mississippi yard.
Production began at the 40-acre site lo- cated in the sprawling Port Bienville Indus- trial Park near Pearlington, Miss., in the spring of 1978. On April 14, 1978, Bergeron
Marine launched its first vessel, the CMS- 434, a 110-foot deck barge, also owned by
Central Marine Service.
Initially, the company's operations at Port
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Bienville were confined to new construction.
In addition to the new construction of a wide range of barges, Bergeron Marine's facili- ties were expanded and now include a spe- cialized LASH barge repair and renovation facility. This facility, now a very important part of Bergeron's Mississippi operation, is believed to be the finest of its kind in the
United States for the repair and recondi- tioning of LASH barge fleets.
General Ship Corporation
Yard Is Purchased By
General Ship Corporation of East Boston,
Mass., has been purchased by a group of private investors who will continue the ship repair and shipbuilding activities of the yard. Principals are James Harvie, president and chief executive officer, and Keith A.
Brown, executive vice president and treas- urer.
Mr. Harvie was with Bath Iron Works
Corporation for 21 years, and served as vice president-marketing at the time he left to acquire an interest in General Ship. Mr.
Brown was with Bath for 12 years, and served as controller at the time he left.
Joseph Sanchez, vice president and general manager, will remain with General Ship in the same capacity.
General Ship Corporation has operated a shipbuilding and ship repair yard for nearly 50 years on the site of the former Donald
McKay Shipyard, where famous clipper ships were built. Most recently, the yard has spe- cialized in repair of naval combatants, and currently is completing the overhaul of the
USS Edson (DD-946).
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