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Talon Technology To
MES Awarded Contract
To Build Semisubmersible
Mitsui Engineering & Ship- building Co., Ltd. (MES), jointly with Mitsui & Co., Ltd. of Tokyo,
Japan, recently received an order from Sonat Offshore Drilling Inc. of the U.S. to build a semisub- mersible offshore oil drilling rig deliverable in July 1985.
Communications Systems For Sonat Offshore Drilling
Talon Technology Corporation,
Richardson, Texas, was organized recently to provide mobile satel- lite data communications systems and consulting services to the pe- troleum, marine, and defense in- dustries. Lynn B. Heitman is president of the new company, whose corporate headquarters are at 1819 Firman Drive, Suite 137 in Richardson.
Mr. Heitman formerly was manager of marine engineering for Geophysical Service Inc., pe- troleum exploration subsidiary of Texas Instruments Incorpo- rated, of Dallas.
Other principals of the com- pany are Bruce C. Toal and Rob- ert E. Bredehoft, vice presidents, and Terry McDonald, chief engi- neer. All formerly served on the marine engineering staff of Geo- physical Service Inc. and are highly experienced in various as- pects of satellite data communi- cations.
Mr. Heitman said the company will offer communications sys- tems that will allow data to be transmitted at speeds up to 1.5 megabits per second via domestic or maritime satellites. The sys- tems are designed for rough mo- bile environments such as are encountered in land and marine seismic and drilling operations.
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Thomas Hoback Named
At Teco Transport
Thomas G. Hoback has been named director of marketing for
Teco Transport & Trade Corpo- ration, of Tampa, Fla., a water transportation holding company.
Mr. Hoback, previously direc- tor of coal marketing for Illinois
Center Gulf Railroad in Chicago, will have responsibility for co- ordinating and directing Teco
Transports' marketing program.
He will be based in Teco's corpo- rate headquarters in Tampa.
Teco Transport & Trade's op- erating companies include Elec- tro-Coal Transfer, a bulk cargo transfer terminal on the lower
Mississippi River at Davant, La.,
Mid-South Towing, which hauls commodities on the Mississippi,
Ohio, and Arkansas Rivers; and
Gulfcoast Transit, which oper- ates tug/barge combinations link- ing the Mississippi River with ports on the Gulf of Mexico, Car- ibbean Sea, Central and South
Americas, as well as the U.S.
East and West Coasts and Ha-
The rig will be a semisubmers- ible unit newly designed to be able to endure severe sea condi- tions. It will have a fully water- tight superstructure, and will be capable of accommodating 150 persons and bearing a load of about 5,000 metric tons.
It will be designed for mooring at a water depth of up to 2,000 feet, and will be equipped with a system which can automatically maintain the position of the hull at a maximum water depth of 10,000 feet. The rig is intended to meet the requirements of the pertinent rules of the U.S., U.K.,
Canada, and Norway.
In late September 1982, MES delivered a semisubmersible rig,
John Shaw, to the same owner.
This new order covers not only construction by MES bbt also the joint development of the rig with its owner.
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