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The Energy Freedom, with the tug Gulf Majesty, attained speeds of over 12 knots in a ballasted condition on its maiden voyage.

Bay Shipbuilding Delivers

The 'Energy Freedom'—First Of New Fleet

Planned By Universal American

Bay Shipbuilding Corp., a sub- sidiary of The Manitowoc Com- pany, Inc., recently delivered ahead of schedule the 550-foot

Energy Freedom to Universal

American Shipping Corporation of Greenwich, Conn. The Energy

Freedom was designed, engi- neered and built by Bay Ship- building Corp. in the record time of nine months and seven days from the date of contract com- mitment.

Universal American Shipping

Corporation's president, Karl

Meyer, commended the shipyard for the outstanding delivery per- formance, high quality of work- manship and for not initiating a single shipyard change order.

Universal American has char- tered the Energy Freedom to New

England Electric System for carrying coal from the ports of

Hampton Roads, Baltimore and

Philadelphia to its Brayton Point station in Somerset, Mass., and

Salem Harbor station in Salem,

Mass. The name Energy Freedom was chosen for the new jumbo bulk barge because of the char- terer's plan to drastically reduce its dependence on foreign oil. In its first year of service, the coal that the Energy Freedom will carry will displace five million barrels of oil, saving New Eng- land Electric System's customers an estimated $50 million. The

Energy Freedom loaded its first coal cargo at Conneaut, Ohio, only a few days after delivery.

Energy Freedom has an over- all length of 550 feet, beam of 78 feet, depth of 50 feet, a total hold capacity of 1.5 million cubic feet and a summer deadweight cargo capacity of 33,700 tons. The ves- sel is American Bureau of Ship- ping classed + A-l for unrestrict- ed ocean service.

The vessel, with Bay Ship's unique hull design form and with

Gulf Fleet's tug Gulf Majesty, attained speeds over 12 knots in a ballasted condition on its maid- en voyage.

The barge is fitted with 13 in- dividual lift-off type hatch cov- ers and a 15-ton Marine Trave- lift, Inc. hatch crane. Electrical power aboard the barge is pro- vided by two Caterpillar/KATO 130-kw generating units con- trolled through a Bay Shipbuild- ing Corp.-designed and built switchboard. Two 4,000-gpm bal- last pumps and a 250-gpm gen- eral service pump were supplied by Johnston Pump Company. The anchor windlass and mooring winches were supplied by New

England Trawler Equipment Co.

Motorola, Inc. supplied remote controls that will allow the tug to release the anchor. The vessel has two adjustable skeg rudders of which the hydraulic units and cylinders were provided by Great

Lakes Fluid Power.

The twin-screw 149-foot motor vessel Gulf Majesty, with 7,200 brake horsepower pushes the barge from a 60-foot- deep stern notch. The tug was fitted at Bay

Shipbuilding Corp. with a sec- ondary 49-foot raised pilothouse.

Bow and side bumpers were in- stalled to convert the tug from a towing to a combination notch / towing tug.

The Energy Freedom is the third of five ocean petroleum and bulk carriers recently contracted to be built by Bay Shipbuilding

Corp. of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., one of which is a 44,000 cargo dead- weight self-unloading phosphate carrier.

Mr. Meyer commented that En- ergy Freedom is the most effi- cient coal carrier for the U.S. coastwise trades and it is the first of a planned fleet of large ocean barges. Universal American Ship- ping Corporation is committed to participate in the U.S. coal move- ments. . j * . . ... . L ©ENERGY FREEDOM ^ | -

Energy Freedom

McDermott Official Says Marine Building

Outlook In Gulf Area Is 'Best Ever' "The outlook for marine con- struction in the Gulf of Mexico in the 1980s is, in my view, not only good, it is great," Robert E.

Howson, president of McDermott

Marine Construction, recently told participants in a symposium sponsored by the University of

New Orleans on the "Economic

Future of the Gulf South."

Noting the Louisiana Gulf was the birthplace of offshore oil and gas development more than 30 years ago, Mr. Howson said: "Normally, when an area has been developed for 30 years you would expect the oil and gas to have been depleted to the point that production is in decline. Such is not the case in the Gulf."

In fact, he said, oil companies are paying more than ever for

Gulf offshore leases. In response \f» I™

Robert E. Howson to the most intense drilling ever in the Gulf, the demand for mo- bile drilling rigs has created back- logs to 1985 at the Gulf Coast yards that build the rigs, accord- ing to Mr. Howson, and the de- mand for vessels used to service offshore rigs and platforms is up.

He added that a recent U.S. In- terior Department survey of 31 oil, gas and pipeline companies ranked the Louisiana offshore area as the one preferred most for future Outer Continental

Shelf development.

Mr. Howson said McDermott's basic business — building fixed steel platforms and laying under- sea pipelines — in 1980 was more active in the Gulf than anywhere else in the world. Last year the industry installed 130 platforms in the Gulf and laid 715 miles of pipe there, he said, while world- wide, 273 platforms were installed and 1,606 miles of pipe were laid.

An important reason for the current activity in the Gulf, Mr.

Howson said, is that economic in- centives created by higher energy prices are leading to renewed de- velopment of existing fields. Mr.

Howson also said the Reagan Ad- ministration's promise to acceler- ate offshore leasing is an impor- tant factor in the current boom. "With the end to increasing demand for oil and gas nowhere in sight," Mr. Howson said, "the numbers of wells drilled and the amount of marine construction required in the Gulf are getting stronger each year. Our predic- tion is that work will continue to pick up at least through the mid- dle of the decade, and that it will only begin to taper off after the peak of production is actually reached."

Mr. Howson said that the oil industry spends billions of dollars yearly on marine construction in the Gulf. Accordingly, he said, companies such as McDermott will continue to have a profound effect on the Gulf Coast economy.

One constraint he said the indus- try faces, however, is a lack of skilled labor in the area.

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