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Bergeron Plans New Yard

To Build Hopper Barges

Bergeron Industries Inc., New

Orleans, La., announced recently the firm will begin construction soon on a new $8-million ship- yard to build river hopper barges.

The yard, the company's third, will be located at Demopolis, Ala., on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Wa- terway.

George Schiro, vice president, said the company decided to di-

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Bergeron, with yards in St.

Bernard, La., near New Orleans, and Port Bienville, Miss., is re- portedly the largest builder of deck barges for the offshore oil industry. The firm constructed 58 deck barges in 1980.

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Edward L. Shearer, vice presi- dent of sales, said the yard will initially produce about 10 barges per month.

Florida Barge Lines Corp. of

New Orleans, a subsidiary of Cen- tral Gulf Lines, filed an applica- tion last week with the Maritime

Administration for vessel con- struction loan and mortgage in- surance for nearly $93 million worth of tugs and barges. The carrier intends to build 116 hop- per barges and 12 tugs, with

Bergeron scheduled to construct the barges for delivery in 1982 and 1983, its first contract.

Studies show the demand for river hopper barges in the U.S. is already greater than the cur- rent capacity of the shipbuilding industry, noted Mr. Shearer. He added that the barges to be built by Bergeron could be used to carry grain, if covers are added.

Mr. Schiro said several factors entered into the decision to choose

Demopolis for the new shipyard.

Demopolis is located on the Ten- nessee-Tombigbee Waterway, which is scheduled for comple- tion in late 1986. The waterway will generate a demand for more hopper barges to move coal, and will also create a need for barge repair and maintenance facilities.

Mr. Schiro said the new yard will eventually engage in repair work too.

He noted that the Tenn-Tom will provide cost-efficient water transportation to carry raw ma- terials to the new yard. Finally, he said, the Demopolis area has a readily available labor force with a record of high produc- tivity.

Publish Radiotelephone

Handbook For Mariners

A new 104-page handbook to aid in the proper use of marine radiotelephones has been pub- lished by the Radio Technical

Commission for Marine Services.

Entitled "Marine Radiotele- phone Users Handbook," the easy- to-understand book was produced primarily for the new marine radiotelephone owner, although it contains valuable reference in- formation for all marine radio users.

The handbook was written by a task force representing radio- telephone manufacturers ; the

F.C.C., U.S. Coast Guard and other marine-related government agencies; the U.S. Power Squad- rons ; U.S. Coast Guard Auxili- ary ; the marine radio services of

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The book costs $5 and is avail- able from marine electronics and boat equipment dealers. Quantity discounts are available for deal- ers and for group purchases from

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