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Ship Management Firm
A new joint venture ship manage- ment company has been formed by
Singapore-based Sembawang John- son Management and New York- based International Marine Consult- ants (IMC).
The new joint venture will be called New World Shipping, and will be a 50-50 partnership. Managing a fleet of 66 vessels, New World Ship- ping will be based in Singapore, with offices in Houston, San Francisco, and Mineola, N.Y.
The new firm plans to expand its business ties with trading compa- nies and owners, especially those operating between Southeast Asia and North, Central and South
Services offered by New World
Shipping will include ship manage- ment and operations, as well as tech- nical planning, development, main- tenance and repair programs.
Russian Research Ship
To Work For West
Under an agreement between a
United Kingdom company and Rus- sian organizations, a former Soviet vessel is undertaking a month's re-WeReafl
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The 5,700-ton-displacement Pro- fessor Logachev will carry out a wide range of geophysical research in the
Natal Valley between the east coast of South Africa and the Mozambique
The cruise is the first to take place under agreements reached between GeoMarine Ltd., UK, and
Russian organizations to provide multipurpose geophysical, geotechnical and oceanographic ves- sels for charter or collaborative re- search projects with Western orga- nizations.
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Glass Beads Demonstrated
As Quick, Low-Cost Tool
For Oil-Spill Cleanups
Chemists attending the recent national meeting of the American
Chemical Society agreed that the most effective techniques for clean- ing up huge oil and chemical spills quickly and relatively cheaply will probably involve combined ap- proaches exploiting solar energy, bacteria and mechanical agents like glass beads.
The combined use of hollow glass beads about the thickness of human hair, with coatings of titanium diox- ide, is a particularly promising weapon against large oil spills, its developers said.
A convincing demonstration for those at the meeting was conducted by Dr. Adam Heller of the Univer- sity of Texas at Austin. Using a glass dish filled with clear water, he poured on a layer of crude oil of the type that fouled Prince William
Sound in Alaska three years ago.
Next, he poured a few teaspoons of sand-like glass bubbles on the spill.
The oil almost instantly combined with the floating bubbles, congeal- ing into floating chumps and leav- ing the rest of the water surface completely free of oil.
The chumps, unlike thin layers of oil, could be easily ignited with a match, burning away the volatile light hydrocarbon compounds, which are particularly toxic. In sunlight the beads can oxidize hydrocarbons from oil spills that adhere to them, rendering the remaining oil compo- nents soluble in water. Once dis- solved, Dr.Heller said, such com- pounds are quickly attacked and destroyed by the natural bacteria in seawater.
Dr. Heller said he believed the method to be capable of mopping up an oil spill the size created at Prince
William Sound in three days for about $ 75 million, about 5 percent of the cleanup cost paid for cleanup in
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