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construction of the river towboat

Anita M. St. Louis Ship Division of

Pott Industries delivered the vessel in December 1983.

The vessel will operate under a management agreement either on the spot market or for the transpor- tation of coal to a facility owned by

Tampa Electric Company.

The Title XI approval covers $4,110,000, or 75 percent of the actual cost of $5,577,017.

Wilkins Named Manager

Of Dravo Mechling's

River Forwarders

Dravo Mechling Corporation has announced the appointment of Del

Wilkins as manager of its River

Forwarders, Inc. (RFI) subsidiary.

Organized in New Orleans more than 13 years ago, RFI specializes in consolidating less than full barge- load consignments of regulated commodities, particularly steel, for shipment north from New Orleans on the inland river system.

Traffic manager at Dravo Mech- ling prior to his recent appointment,

Mr. Wilkins is returning to the lat- ter organization in his present posi- tion, having previously served as customer service representative and assistant manager during earlier service with RFI. breakstrength of steel and 1/20 the weight in water!

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BP And Harland And Wolff

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BP is to form a joint venture with

Belfast shipbuilder Harland and

Wolff for the construction of a spe- cial single well oil production sys- tem (SWOPS) vessel designed to extract oil directly from subsea wells. The agreement is subject to approval from the boards of both companies.

The cost of developing the

SWOPS system, including produc- tion wells and subsea equipment, is expected to be some $145 million, allowing for inflation. The vessel, the riser, and the process plant will represent the major portion of the total cost, with Harland and Wolff being reimbursed partly from the revenues of the vessel.

Construction of the vessel, with a cargo capacity of some 42,000 tons, length of 820 feet, and beam of 121 feet will begin at the end of this year, with completion expected in mid-87. The joint venture, which was proposed by H&W, will also involve Matthew Hall Engineering acting as consultant and as subcon- tractor for the process plant and subsea riser.

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