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City Of Valdez, Alaska
Awards Contract For
The City of Valdez, Alaska, recently awarded a contract for the construction of a container terminal facility that includes what is believed to be the world's first floating container dock, ac- cording to Mark Lewis, city man- ager. The contract was awarded recently to a joint venture of
Morrison-Knudsen Co., Boise,
Idaho, and Manson Construction and Engineering Co., Seattle,
Wash. Full service is anticipated by fall of 1982.
The facility will include an off- shore 21-acre marshaling yard that will connect to shore by a 1,500-foot-long pile-supported trestle. The marshaling yard-to- dock connection calls for two 200- foot orthotropic steel box girder bridges capable of handling two lanes of truck traffic as container ships and barges are unloaded.
The floating container dock, to be anchored by eight 600,000- pound concrete blocks, will re- quire that the bridges be designed for a 22-foot tidal variation.
The prestressed concrete dock, measuring 700 feet long by 100 feet wide by 30 feet deep, will be fabricated in two sections by
Concrete Technology at its Blair
Waterway plant in Tacoma,
Wash. It will employ a combina- tion of precast and cast-in-place construction. The multi-celled sections will be post-tensioned throughout.
Fabrication of the floating units will begin this fall with comple- tion set for spring 1982. The two units will be towed from Tacoma to Valdez where the general con- tractor, MK-Manson, will post- tension the separate units into a single continuous dock.
The steel bridges linking the marshaling yard and dock are to be fabricated by Conron Corpora- tion at its Star Iron and Steel
Division in Tacoma. The bridges also will be towed to Valdez for integration into the floating dock facility.
Design of the floating dock, bridges, and marshaling yard sup- port facilities was awarded to
ABAM Engineers, Inc., Federal
Penang Yard Plans
Ship Repair Service
The Penang Shipbuilding Corp.,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is to start in the ship repair business to take advantage of the buoyant ship repair market. It has ac- quired a floating dock to facili- tate its venture into this field.
Auxiliary equipment for blast- ing, scraping, hull cleaning, paint- ing, tank testing and hull, engi- neering, electrical, and electronic repairs has also been acquired.
The Penang staff is currently being trained in ship repairs in
Rules Published For
Mariners who want to prepare for the significant changes re- sulting from the unification of in- land waterway, western rivers, and Great Lakes "Rules of the
Road" will be interested in a new publication from Houston Marine
The "Unified Rules Study Guide and Ready Reference," by Greg- ory Szczurek, combines more than 50 illustrations with a "plain
English" translation of the new requirements. Chosen as a text- book by the U.S. Naval Academy, the 165-page publication also in- cludes flashcards and review quizzes for self-study.
Because the book contains the complete text of the Navigational
Rules Act, it can be carried on vessels to comply with the re- quirement that all vessels over a specified length have a copy of the Rules onboard. The Coast
Guard proposes that all vessels over 12 meters long, approxi- mately 39 feet, carry a copy of the Rules.
The retail price of the book is $10, plus $1 for mail orders.
Multiple copy discounts are avail- able. Contact Houston Marine
Consultants, Inc., 1600 20th
Street, Kenner, La. 70062.
At work offshore for Petrobras is the Rincao, 185' by 381 with a 16' depth. This tug/supply vessel is one of five built for Brazil.
At work offshore for NASA is the UTC Freedom. 176' by 37.
Designed to recover the space shuttle's rocket booster, this vessel and her sister ship, the UTC Liberty, can also accommodate a variety of scientific and technical missions.
At work for the University of Miami is the coastal zone research vessel Cape Florida. The 135' vessel will work a wide variety of research projects for the University.
At work for the Louisiana based Circle Bar Drilling Company is the posted drill barge Pat Taylor. It is rated to work drilling depths of up to 30,000 feet.
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