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Outboard profile drawing of a new 210-foot casino boat under construction at Service Marine Industries, Inc.

Service Marine To Build

HarrahVHammons Casino Boat

For Illinois Operation

Gambling Vessel Part Of $36 Million Project

Boats & Barges

The Morgan City, La., shipyard of Service Marine Industries Inc. is constructing a new 210-foot gaming boat for a Harrah's Casino Hotels/

Hammons partnership as part of a $36 million gambling project.

The megayacht-style vessel is being built for the Des Plaines De- velopment Limited Partnership of

Joliet, 111., and will begin offering gaming cruises on the Des Plaines

River through downtown Joliet in the spring of 1993.

The new casino boat is designed as a Subchapter H vessel with U.S.

Coast Guard certification for 1,200 passengers operating on a protected water route. She will reportedly be the first Midwest casino vessel oper- ated by a national casino company.

Owners of the vessel are a partner- ship composed of Harrah's Casino

Hotels and John Q. Hammons, a major developer, owner and opera- tor of hotel properties.

Founded in 1937, Harrah's is the gaming subsidiary of The Promus

Companies, Incorporated of Mem- phis, Tenn., and the only casino company operating in all five major

U.S. casino markets. Harrah's is the 80 percent general partner and

Mr. Hammons is the 20 percent limited partner in the venture. Be- sides the casino boat, the $36 million project will include the construction of land-based buildings and a ship basin in downtown Joliet.

The casino will be located on three decks offering approximately 700 gaming positions, including 500 slot machines and 30 table games. The casino will be served by two eleva- tors and stairways. In addition to gaming space, the new boat will feature a large dining area forward on the first deck and a lounge at the forward end of the second deck. The focal point of the vessel will be an atrium open to all three decks.

The vessel will be on a "fast track" construction, according to Tom

Hensley, vice president of market- ing for Service Marine. "We have contracted to deliver this boat at our shipyard in January 1993," he said. "Marine engineering is proceeding at a rapid pace. Structural draw- ings for the hull are complete and construction has started."

Marine engineering is being per- formed by DeJong & Lebet, naval architects from Jacksonville, Fla.

Service Marine Industries, Inc., recently delivered a 600-passenger, 187-foot dinner boat to Spirit Cruises of Norfolk, Va., the fourth such ves- sel the company has built for this customer. Additionally, the yard has received another order for a 200- foot, 800-passenger dinner/ excursion boat from Premier Yachts of Chicago. Service Marine also has four paddlewheel-style and three yacht-style casino vessel designs, ranging in size from 645 to 1,600 gaming positions.

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Ship Repair Revival

Plan Outlined

By San Francisco

As part of a seven-point plan to revive San Francisco's ship repair industry, an amendment has been added to the city's municipal code which would make local ship repair- ers exempt from payroll taxes.

Because of this new amendment, the Golden Gate Ship Repair Asso- ciation has received a $500,000 pay- roll tax exemption which will be in effect from July 1, 1992 and con- tinue until June 30, 1994.

The amendment to the code states that any tenant of the Port whose principal business is ship repair and whose workforce is comprised of at least 30 percent of San Francisco residents is exempt from the tax.

This also applies to subcontractors who receive 70 percent of their rev- enues from the ship repair industry, and whose workforce consists of 30 percent San Francisco residents.

Carl Hanson, president of the

Association and senior vice presi- dent and general manager of South- west Marine, a local repairer, has been instrumental in bringing to- gether city officials, the Port of San

Francisco, ship repair executives and labor representatives in an effort to revive the Bay Area ship repair in- dustry.

Once a booming local industry with 10 facilities employing over 20,000 workers, San Francisco's ship repair sector has only two remain- ing yards—Southwest Marine and

Service Engineering, who currently have a combined workforce of ap- proximately 800.

Det Norske Veritas

Research Project

On Bulker Safety

In light of recent concern over bulk carrier losses, Det norske

Veritas, the Norwegian classifica- tion society, will perform full scale measurements on a Cape-size ves- sel managed by Anglo-Eastern Ship

Management Ltd. of Hong Kong.

The goal of the project is to collect reliable information on actual stress levels of a typical bulk carrier dur- ing trading, including loading/un- loading and bad weather conditions; to use this information to evaluate present design criteria for new bulk carriers; and to evaluate the need for changes in operating practices.

The actual data will be compared to numerical models for analysis.

The project has been spurred by concern over the loss of more than 300 lives and two million tons of cargo in incidents involving almost 40 bulk carriers over a three-year period running from May 1988 to

April 1991.

Bay City Marine

To Deactivate Frigate

Bay City Marine, National City,

Calif., will deactivate the USS

Downes (FF-1070) under a $539,671 contract.





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