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HDW's Design For

Double-Hull Tanker To Be

European Standard

In the wake of an International

Maritime Organization (IMO) rul- ing that tankers over 5,000 dwt must have full double bottoms and wing tanks, a double-hull design from

Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW) has been chosen by Europe- an shipyards as their building standard.

Because a Marpol convention amendment also grants equivalen- cy to mid-deck height tankers with double-sided hulls, the yards have also made an option available for an intermediate-deck type available from the French yard of Chantiers de l'Atlantique.

In January 1991, the five ship- yards of HDW, Chantiers de l'Atlantique (CA), Bremer Vulkan,

Astilleros Espanoles and Fincantieri met at HDW's Kiel yard to agree to develop an environmentally safe

VLCC design.

Known as the "E3" or "Ecological,

Economical, European" project, all five yards contributed to the enter- prise, with HDW carrying out the naval architecture aspects and CA coordinated the structural design work. None of the yards involved in the E3 project will pay a license fee, but they will each retain individual control over sales and marketing activities

The HDW-designed 280,000-dwt

VLCC calls for a 4 meter (13.12 feet) double bottom and two longitudinal bulkheads in the cargo section.

The more flexible CA design in- corporates a 6 meter (19.7 feet) spacing between inner and outer shells, with the intermediate subdi- vision being described as a "low mid-deck." The advantage of this arrangement is that when operat- ing in areas where the U.S. Oil

Pollution Act is in effect, the 6 meter double bottom becomes a void space, while in other waters it becomes an oil carrying tank space.

The French company is also a contender for several forthcoming cruise ship newbuilding projects.

HDW was the project leader in the German government's "Ship of the Future" program, and is cur- rently working on advanced design proposals for the cruise shipping and liquefied hydrogen transporta- tion sectors.

For further information regard- ing the facilities available at HDW, or details on the shipyard's new dou- ble-hull tanker design,

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MarAd Publishes

Amendment To Defense

Production Act Of 1950

An amendment to the Revised

Voluntary Tanker Agreement, lo- cated in section 708 of the Defense

Production Act of 1950, was pub- lished by the U.S. Maritime

Administration (MarAd) in the Fed- eral Register.

MarAd is the sponsor of the agree- ment whereby tanker owners and charterers agree to make tankers and tank space available to the gov- ernment during periods of national emergency.

The amendment extended the ex- piration date of the Act and improves the administration of voluntary agreements. Clarification is also provided of the legal protection pro- vided through the antitrust defense available to participants when de- veloping or carrying out a voluntary agreement or plan of action with the government.

Signatories of the Agreement are being provided with copies of the amendment

For further information, contact

Robert Nevel, Maritime Adminis- tration, Office of National Security

Plans, 400 7th St., S.W., Room PL- 1303, Washington, D.C. 20590.

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