33rd Annual Gulf Section Spring Meeting Featured Six Interesting Papers

The 33rd Annual Spring Meeting of the Gulf Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) was held at the New Orleans Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The technical section began with a paper on "Assessment of Weather Constraints on Operational Planning and Scheduling," by G.L. Petrie of Hoffman Maritime Consultants, Inc. This paper described the procedures developed to systematically assess weather-related downtime in offshore operations.

The second paper, "LOOP—the First Domestic Deepwater Port," by G.A. Works, project manager, offshore facilities, discussed the design criteria, the model testing and the technical aspects of the Louisiana offshore oil port LOOP. The final morning paper, "Towing Resistance Estimation of Offshore Construction Barges," by Richard Y.T.

Dai and U.N. Chen of Brown and Root Inc., showed how the residual resistance coefficient coefficient CR is directly related to the hull form: bow, stern, and midship sections, etc.

Bill Mead of McDermott Inc., Papers chairman, presented Certificates of Appreciation to the authors at the luncheon. Guest speaker was Gasper J. (Buddy) Stall, Creole Engineering, Inc., who gave one of his informative talks on the history of the Mississippi River, including the first use of the steamboat.

The afternoon technical session began with a paper "A Fluidized Bed Combustion for Use on Inland Waterway Towboats," by Joseph W. Janoush and David T. Williams of Janoush Marine Inc., and Anthony Licausi of Foster Wheeler Corporation, which discussed the possible advantages of coal over oil in the near future. The following paper, "A New Hull Form to Improve Wave Response Characteristics for Marine Construction Barges," by F.Y. Michael, Levingston Shipbuilding Co., presented the conceptual foundation and outline of a new hull form developed specifically for improving wave response characteristics of marine construction barges. The session concluded with a paper, "Some results on the Response of Moored Vessels," by R.R. Nachlinger of Ultra Marine Inc., and R. Habegger of Mc- Dermott Inc., predicting the response of a vessel to a prescribed environment and, secondly, what action can be taken with the mooring system to provide desired results.

A dinner-dance for the guests, held in the Hyatt Regency's ballroom, completed the day's activities.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 21,  Aug 1981

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