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Charles Lynch Elected

AIMS Board Chairman

Capt. Charles M. Lynch, presi- dent of Arco Marine, Inc. in Los

Angeles, Calif., recently was elected chairman of the board of directors of the American In- stitute of Merchant Shipping (AIMS) for 1983. He succeeds

J.J. Ervin, president of Trinidad

Corporation, Philadelphia, Pa., following the association's an- nual meeting held in Washing- ton, D.C.

Captain Lynch has been with

Arco Marine since 1946 and was named president of the company in 1980. He assumes the leader- ship of a national association which represents American-flag ships and operators. AIMS' 29 member companies own or oper- ate almost 12-million dwt of U.S.- flag tankers and dry bulk vessels in U.S. domestic and foreign commerce.

The 1983 AIMS board mem- bers, in addition to Captain

Lynch are W.H. Banks, presi- dent, Chevron Shipping Compa- ny, San Francisco; J.A. Cole Jr., vice president, Marine, Texaco

Inc., New York; Richard T. du

Moulin, vice president, Ogden

Marine, Inc., New York; Ran

Hettena, president, OSG Bulk

Ships, Inc., New York; Frank J.

Iarossi, president, Exxon Ship- ping Company, Houston, Texas;

John T. Jacobson, manager, Ma- rine Transportation, Standard

Oil Company (Ohio), Cleveland;

T.D. Patrick, president, Sun

Transport Inc., Aston, Pa.; and

George P. Steele, president, In- terocean Management Corpora- tion, Philadelphia, Pa.

AIMS officers re-elected by the board for the coming year are

Rear Adm. W.M. Benkert, USCG (ret.), president, and Ernest J.

Corrado, vice president. Roseann

Pazak was re-elected AIMS treas- urer and was also elected the association's secretary.

AIMS has completed its 14th year of service to the U.S.-flag merchant marine.

Areas targeted for AIMS in- volvement during 1983 include promoting the interests of U.S.- flag bulk carriers by closely ap- praising port development and

Coast Guard user charge legis- lation, and seeking uniform fed- eral, as opposed to state and local, regulation of vessel air emissions.

AIMS members expressed par- ticular concern about the possi- ble lifting of oil export controls— the exportation of Alaskan oil —and a Department of Trans- portation notice of proposed rule- making which would permit the total repayment of CDS and per- manent vessel entry into the do- mestic trades.

Heerema Group Acquires

Big Inch Marine Systems

The Heerema Group, headquar- tered in Geneva, Switzerland, which is involved worldwide in the design, fabrication, and in- stallation of offshore structures and pipeline systems, recently an- nounced the acquisition of Big

Inch Marine Systems Inc. of Hou- ston, Texas.

Big Inch Marine Systems pro- vides manufacturing and service in subsea pipeline repairs and new construction. Its metal-to-metal products and services include the coldforging process flexiforge, the boltless flange, misalignment ball joint, locking slip joint, ball flange and load limiting connectors.

The acquisition of Big Inch broadens Heerema's diversifica- tion into sophisticated underwa- ter equipment and services. With

Heerema's support and facilities,

Big Inch will increase its world- wide activities with immediate emphasis on the North Sea oper- ating areas.

Big Inch will remain headquar- tered in Houston and relocate its

European office to Heerema Engi- neering Service (UK)'s new fa- cilities in London.

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