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Name Shinners Director
Of Marine Operations
At Delta Steamship
Delta Steamship Lines, Inc.,
New York, appointed James R.
Shinners as director of marine operations-Atlantic division. The announcement was made recently by Donald G. Aldridge, senior vice president.
Captain Shinners was most re- cently vice president of vessel operations for Puerto Rico Ma- rine Management, Inc. Prior to joining this firm in 1974, he was employed by Sea-Land Service,
Inc. for a four-year period, in op- erations management positions.
Captain Shinners has sailed as master on various types of ves- sels.
Mothballed Cargo Ship
In Less Than Six Days
Norshipco, Norfolk, Va., has demonstrated that a 35-year-old cargo vessel, out of service for more than a decade, can be taken from mothballs and reactivated in less than six days.
In a recent national defense readiness exercise, Norshipco —
Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock
Corporation — was unexpectedly told to remove the cargo ship
Catawba Victory from the James
River, Va., reserve fleet, unseal, it, light off the boilers, and put to sea.
A time limit of 10 days had been set, with the U.S. Depart- ment of Defense making clear that six days was a more de- sirable target. Norshipco accom- plished the reactivation in five days and 14 hours of a ship that had been in mothballs for 11 years.
Erik Gren, a port engineer for
Apex Marine Corp., New York- based general agent for the ship, estimated that the reactivation cost $1.3 million, including sup- plies and hiring of temporary crew.
The exercise began with a call from the Defense Department to the Maritime Administration which notified agents for the three vessels being reactivated.
The drill was so unexpected that
Mr. Gren was caught in the Los
Angeles airport about to board a plane for New York. He changed planes and went to Norfolk.
While Mr. Gren was enroute,
Apex Marine notified Norshipco that it had been selected for the exercise. The shipyard dispatched an eight-man crew to the Ca- tawba Victory to prepare it for towing back to the yard.
Norshipco management or- dered an around-the-clock work schedule. As many as 300 work- ers were on the ship at any given time. In addition, there were ob- servers from MarAd, the Navy, the Coast Guard, the American
Bureau of Shipping, and the Mil- itary Sealift Command. "This was the way it would be in real life," said A1 Crain, Nor- shipco's assistant plant superin- tendent, noting that such speedy ship reactivations might be nec- essary in case of war.
First sealants were removed.
Then divers removed plugs from sea openings in the hull and cleaned the hull and propeller. A thorough inspection of all ma- chinery came next. The boilers were put into working order.
Problems with the boiler safety valves caused a loss of 20 hours.
Mr. Gren had to stock the
Catawba Victory from scratch.
He also had to hire a crew of 42 from maritime union halls in
Norfolk and from as far away as Texas and Mississippi.
After the electronic systems and radar were tested, there was a dockside trial for four hours, followed by a successful 24-hour sea trial.
The Military Sealift Command was then notified that the Ca- tawba Victory was ready to ac- cept cargo and sail. Norshipco officials said the time to com- plete the reactivation broke all previous records for work on similar vessels.
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