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Currence Named President
Of Tidewater Marine
Tidewater Inc. has announced the election of Richard M. Currence as president and chief executive of- ficer of its subsidiary Tidewater
Marine Service, Inc., and the pro- motion of three members of its staff—William C. Hightower,
Paul J. Angelle, and Wayne D.
DeLeo—to vice presidents of the parent company. Mr. Currence was also elected a senior vice presi- dent of Tidewater Inc. The an- nouncement was made by John P.
Laborde, chairman and chief exec- utive officer of Tidewater Inc.
Mr. Currence formerly served as president of Zapata Gulf Marine
Corporation of Houston, and earlier as president of Gulf Fleet Marine
Corporation of New Orleans. Prior to joining Gulf Fleet, he spent seven years with Tidewater Inc. as an administrative manager.
Mr. Hightower is a regional vice president of Tidewater Marine with responsibility for operations in
Southeast Asia, Australia, Brazil, and Trinidad. He joined the compa- ny in 1975 as a sales representative, and served the marine group as vice president of sales before going into operations.
Mr. Angelle joined Tidewater in
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Hyundai-Built ODECO Rigs
Will Be Classed By ABS *
American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has received a request from
Ocean Drilling & Exploration Com- pany (ODECO) of New Orleans for classification of four new column stabilized drilling units that will be constructed at the Hyundai Heavy
Industries shipyard in Ulsan, Korea.
Design of these rigs is based on
ODECO's Ocean Odyssey Class, semisubmersible units and built in 1983 to ABS classification. The new units will be capable of operating in water depths of up to 3,000 feet.
All aspects of classification relat- ing to plan review, structural analy- sis, topside facilities and machinery review, and coordination of all sur- veys of the new ODECO rigs will be handled by the Offshore Engineer- ing Division of ABS.
As of January 1, 1985, ABS had a total of 574 mobile offshore drilling units in class—more than any other international classification society.
The request for classification from
ODECO raises to 41 the number of mobile drilling rigs now building or on order to ABS class.
Stewart & Stevenson
Opens New West Coast
Office In San Francisco
Stewart & Stevenson Services,
Inc. of Houston has announced the opening of a San Francisco office to serve as headquarters for its
West Coast operations. Ronald
Svendsgaard has been named manager-West Coast operations.
The new office was established to better serve the company's expand- ed cogeneration and major marine markets in the area, according to vice president Carsey Manning.
Stewart & Stevenson designs and manufactures cogeneration units, both 'diesel- and gas turbine-pow- ered, and marine propulsion sys- tems, as well as a wide variety of other diesel- and gas turbine-pow- ered products, working in close co- operation with engineering and architectural firms.
Mr. Svendsgaard had more than 20 years of experience with
Bailey Controls Company and Hon- eywell Corporation before joining
Stewart & Stevenson.
The new West Coast office is located at 465 California Street, San
Francisco, Calif. 94104. 10
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