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Twin City Shipyard Lays Keel
For Gulf Coast Trailing Dredge
Keel-laying ceremonies were held recently at Twin City Ship- yard in St. Paul, Minn., for the 3,850-cubic-foot, suction hopper dredge Ouachita being constructed for Gulf Coast Trailing Company of New Orleans. The 300-foot ves- sel will incorporate many state-of- the-art features unique for U.S. dredges, such as her propulsion and pump drive systems. The two main diesel engines will drive con- trollable-pitch propellers off their aft ends and a dredge pump and jet pump off the front of each engine through split gearboxes.
The deckhouse will be located for- ward for crew comfort and is de- signed to accommodate a crew of 26 in single and double staterooms.
Designed by Twin City, the dredge is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 1985.
Twin City Shipyard has become one of the leading U.S. yards for dredge design and construction, along with its variety of split hop- per dump dredges and aluminum dredge tenders.
Gulf Coast Trailing is a joint venture between T.L. James, Inc. of Ruston, La.; Dredging Interna- tional N.V. of Belgium; and HAM
B.V. of the Netherlands.
Present at keel-laying ceremony were (L to R): G. Pieters, senior superintendent. Dredging
International; H. Vermeulen, construction inspector, Gulf Coast Trailing; John Buursema, president, Twin City Shipyard; Ron George, technical manager, Gulf Coast Trailing; G.W.
James III, special projects for T.L. James. Inc.; R. Rossway, vice president. Twin City;
D. Johnson, American Bureau of Shipping; W. Jura, quality control, and Steve Lane, coor- dinator, Twin City.
Artist's rendition of Synchrolift ship transfer system at Vickers yard in England.
Pearlson Begins Construction Of
World's Largest Ship Transfer System
Pearlson Engineering Company,
Inc. of Miami has begun work on the world's largest ship transfer system that will be installed at Vickers
Shipbuilding and Engineering Lim- ited in Barrow-in Furness, England, as part of the yard's Submarine
Up to 90 self-propelled transfer cars will be used to move completed vessels on and off the Syncrolift® shiplift. The transfer system will also be used to move individual hull sections inside the construction hall.
The Syncrolift at Vickers will be 530 feet long and 71.2 feet wide, and will have a maximum lifting capac- ity of 24,000 tons. Scheduled for completion in 1986, the shiplift will incorporate 108 hoists, each with a capacity of 270 tons. R.T. James and Partners, London, are the con- sulting engineers.
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