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Balder Fleet Adding 12 New Vessels For
The Balder Offshore Fleet, owned by Par- ley Augustsson & Co., Oslo, Norway, will expand its operational capability by the ad- dition of 12 new ships due for delivery dur- ing the next 18 months.
These additional ships, all Ulstein's 700
Series designs, the first of which has al- ready been delivered, will comprise two type
UT 706 platform supply/diving support ves- sels and 10 type UT 704 anchor-handling, tug, supply vessels.
Balder Offshore, whose current fleet strength numbers seven vessels operating in the North Sea area and offshore Canada, includes four vessels equipped with moon- pools and dynamic positioning to permit dual role operation in either diving support or platform supply modes.
Annual Meeting Of NWC
To Be Held In St. Louis
More than 500 leaders from business, gov- ernment, and waterway user companies are expected to attend the 21st annual meeting of the National Waterways Conference scheduled for September 16-18 at Stouffer's
Riverfront Towers, St. Louis, Mo.
Conference chairman James A. Skinner
Jr. of Nashville, president of T.L. Herbert & Sons, Inc., announced that Secretary of
Transportation Drew Lewis will deliver the main address. Other guests participating in the program include William R. Gianelli,
Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil
Works), Missouri Governor Christopher S.
Bond, Adm. John B. Hayes, Commandant,
U.S. Coast Guard, and Maj. Gen. E.R.
Heiberg III, civil works director, Army
Corps of Engineers.
The National Waterways Conference was founded in 1960 to promote a better under- standing of the public value of the Ameri- can waterways system. The theme for this year's three-day meeting is "National Eco- nomic Recovery: The Vital Role of American
The 1981 conference will host concurrent meetings of four other organizations: the
American section of the Permanent Inter- national Association of Navigation Con- gresses, the Arkansas Waterways Commis- sion, Inland River Ports and Terminals, Inc., and the Propeller Club of St. Louis.
Mr. Lewis will be the keynote speaker at the opening luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 17.
He will discuss "America's New Beginning:
Shaping Waterways Policy to Fit National
Economic Recovery Goals."
Mr. Skinner said the annual meeting pro- gram will provide an authoritative, up-to- date analysis of current developments in waterways policy: the prospects for pas- sage of the Reagan Administration's "user charge" proposals, the points of view of
Congress and the White House on water resources policy, the impact of federal budg- et cuts on waterway programs, and shifts in water resources and transportation in- herent in the nation's economic recovery program.
The program features three panel discus- sions focusing on these and other issues confronting the waterways.
Jacques Cunningham of Catoosa, Okla., port director of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, will moderate a panel on the topic, "Water- way Transportation: Key to Expanded Ex- port trade."
Richard A. Wilson of Sunset Hills, Mo., president and chief executive officer of
Agri-Trans Corporation, will lead a panel assessing "The Push for Higher Waterway
User Taxes: Will Economic Impacts Be
Considered?" The third panel will focus on "The Changing Nature of National Water
Resources Policy." Its moderator will be
Charles I. McGinnis of St. Louis, senior vice president and general manager of Fru-Co
Engineers, Inc., and chairman of the Water
Policy Task Force of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Full program details and registration ma- terials are available from the National Wa- terways Conference, 1130 17th Street North- west, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 638- 0090.
IMM Energy Services
IMM Energy Services & Technology, Inc.,
Stamford, Conn., recently announced it has acquired all the stock of International Moor- ings & Marine, Inc., a privately owned com- pany engaged in servicing the offshore oil and gas industry.
Based in New Iberia, La., International
Moorings & Marine, Inc. is now a wholly owned subsidiary of IMM.
IMM also announced that its shareholders had approved the shift of its state of in- corporation from New Jersey to Delaware and had changed the company's name from
Crestek, Inc. to IMM Energy Services &
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