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Will Power Exxon Tugboats
Stork-Werkspoor Diesel by (SWD) has thus far sold eight of the Dutch company's F240 en- gines for use by United States towing firms.
Joop Zwart, U.S. sales manager, said that three tugs being built for the Exxon Corpora- tion will each be equipped with a pair of 9-cyl- inder, F240, 2,000-bhp engines. Shaver Trans- portation Company of Portland, Ore., will replace two older SWD diesels in the firm's tug Columbia, with the newer 6-cylinder
F240, 1,270-hp turbocharged engines for serv- ice on the Columbia/Snake river systems.
Morrison-Knudsen Company, the interna- tional construction firm that is supervising the project, placed the order for the Exxon en- gines. The tugs, which will be built in the Da- men Shipyards, Gorinchem, Netherlands, will be used in Columbia, South America. The tugs were designed by The Glosten Associates,
Seattle naval architects.
Charles Garman, recently appointed SWD sales manager on the U.S. West Coast, also said that a similar engine would be installed in the Ilduso Fisheries' trawler MAR-GUN.
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The vessel will be re-engined at Pacific Fish- erman, Inc., in Ballard, Wash.
Meanwhile, SWD has begun deliveries of the first of ten 18-cylinder TM410 diesels to
General Dynamic's Quincy Shipbuilding Divi- sion in Massachusetts. The engines will be used in five roll-on/roll-off prepositioning sup- ply vessels for the U.S. Navy. A pair of TM410 engines will give each ship 27,600 bhp of pro- pulsion power.
Vincent Drummond Tibbetts 1913-1983
Vincent D. Tibbetts, president of Boston
Fuel Transportation, Inc., died recently at the age of 70. Mr. Tibbetts was born in East
Boothbay, Maine, in 1913 and moved to Bos- ton in 1932. In 1937 he started his own fuel transportation business with a 3,000-gallon barge and a 100-hp towboat. In 1941 he be- came president of Esterhill Boat Service.
When Esterhill was acquired by Boston Fuel
Transportation in 1953 he became part owner and vice president. In 1969 he became presi- dent of Boston Fuel and a director of Reinauer
Transportation Companies of New York.
At the time of his death Mr. Tibbetts was operating a fleet of 23 tankers, barges, and towboats. He was a member of the American
Waterways Operators, Inc., Boston Marine So- ciety, Maritime Association of Boston, and
The Propeller Club of the United States.
Hotel Proposed By NKK
A Japanese shipbuilder has unveiled a con- cept for constructing a nine-story, first-class hotel on a barge that could then be towed to any coastal area in the world. Nippon Kokan (NKK) reports it has solved all of the techni- cal problems involved in the construction of the floating hotel, and has already completed a design model to use in worldwide marketing.
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The idea for the barge-mounted "export" ho- tel has been under study for two years by
NKK and Tokyu Construction Company. Ac- cording to NKK, construction at one of the company's shipyards insures high quality and labor skill, and the barge technology is al- ready developed to permit towing of the struc- ture to its final destination at a speed of five knots. A further benefit, NKK notes, is that the hotel could be moved to different locations to accommodate special expositions or sum- mer and winter resort areas.
New Design Cranes Installed
On Navy's Auxiliary Drydocks
New type diesel-electric cranes have been installed on Navy's floating drydock USS Competent at Pearl Harbor.
Vital to the nation's defense capability is the improvement of repair and maintenance procedures and the modernization of facilities.
When the Naval Sea Systems Command called for improvement of the crane system on its medium auxiliary floating drydocks, Crane
Con Products of Seattle responded with design and production of four wing wall cranes. Ac- cording to a Crane Con spokesman, these cranes were the first of this type to be de- signed and manufactured to the revised mili- ary specification MIL-C-17949B, Electro-Me- chanical Shipboard Cranes. The first two cranes of the contract were completed in early 1983, and the second pair around midyear, well ahead of schedule.
The $6.6-million contract included design, manufacture, and delivery of the cranes to the drydock USS Competent (AFDM-6) at Pearl
Harbor and the USS Sustain (AFDM-7) at
Norfolk. The self-contained, diesel-electric cranes utilize a static, stepless electric control system providing infintely variable speed selection and load float control for precise, steady positioning. Each crane's rated capac- ity is 45,000 pounds at 25-foot radius; maxi- mum outreach is 65 feet from center of rotation.
The cranes operate on 14-foot gauge track, traveling a distance of 460 feet, almost the full length of the dock. Total operating gross weight of each crane is 265,000 pounds. "This is the first major project completed in our new
Seattle manufacturing plant," said Con Crane president Lyle Harlson. "It is a major step in the expansion into crane manufacturing, re- pair, and refurbishing, in addition to produc- tion of our automatic brakes, wheel chocks, and other crane safety equipment." 18 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News