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Britain-Marine Industry (continued from page 22) ized. Eight management staff bought the company from British
Shipbuilders in February 1984. At the time the group had no work at either of its two yards on the Tyne, but in the past year 117 ships have been booked for repair from British,
Danish, German, Iranian, Nigerian, and Far East owners. A significant amount of Ministry of Defence work has also been started, including the rebuilding of the Falklands-dam- aged Royal Fleet Auxiliary Sir Tris- tram. The management now views the future with confidence.
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The need for engineering economy and new specialized ship types, par- ticularly in the offshore field, have also provided openings. Brief re- sumes of some of the British compa- nies providing marine equipment and their activities, notably in the export field, are given below.
Three leading U.K. marine elec- tronics companies competing for worldwide markets with Automatic
Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA) are
Kelvin Hughes, Marconi Interna- tional Marine, and Racal Marine
Kelvin Hughes provides a range of ARPAs and radars for ships from 500 grt to the largest afloat. The company supplies the standard nav- igational radar for the Royal Navy, and has recently fitted out the new
P&O cruise liner Royal Princess with radars and ARPA. Radars are also supplied to the Egyptian Navy, and the company is selling in Korea and Japan.
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Marconi International Marine has also entered the marine satellite communications market with the new Oceanray ship earth station.
This is said to be one of the smallest and least expensive satellite com- munications systems available.
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Racal-Decca ARPAs are finding a large export market; more than 50 have been sold in the past three months.
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Avon Industrial Polymers
Avon Industrial Polymers, part of the Avon Rubber Group, manufac- turing at Chippenham in England, has been fabricating skirt compo- nents for Bell Halter's SES range of craft, and also supplying materials for the first group of Landing Craft,
Air Cushion (LCAC) currently un- der construction at Bell Halter's
New Orleans shipyard for the U.S.
Now, in a joint venture with Bell
Aerospace Textron, a new company,
Bell Avon Inc., has been formed to manufacture in the U.S. at Pi- cayune, Miss.
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Another Group company, Avon
Inflatables Ltd., manufactures the highly successful Avon Searider ri- | gid inflatable, which is widely used in offshore, naval, and search and rescue roles. A series of 75 six-meter
SR6M Seariders has recently been delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard.
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There are three marine divisions within Chadburn Engineering, all (continued on page 27)
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