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RoRo access/transfer equipment for the operator's latest car/passenger tonnage commitments. Each shipset will hold two stern ramp/doors, a hoistable deck access ramp, a side-hinged ramp cover and hydraulic system including power packs.

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MSC Selects Autoship Systems

Military Sealift Command (MSC) has chosen Autoship Systems' onboard sta- bility program Autoload for their ves- sels. Autoload allows vessel operators to perform proper trim stability and strength calculations for any load calcu- lations for any load condition before departing port and at anytime while at sea. Based on Autoship's Autohydro hydrostatic engine, Autoload calculates stability and strength as fuel and con- sumables are used, helps optimize bal- last, and evaluates strength and stability in a damaged or grounded condition.

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NASSCO Delivers Red Cloud

USNS Red Cloud

National Steel and Shipbuilding Com- pany (NASSCO), a General Dynamics company, has delivered the 950 ft. (289.5 m) Red Cloud to the U.S. Navy.

The fourth new construction ship built by NASSCO under the Navy's Strategic

Sealift Program, Red Cloud was com- pleted under target cost and was deliv- ered to the Navy three months ahead of schedule. The vessel was delivered under NASSCO's single Integrated Trial concept, a process that aids in cost reduction and accelerated delivery.

Containing 390,000 sq. ft. of cargo space, the vessel is a large, medium- speed RoRo (LMSR) assigned to the

U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, carrying prepositioned U.S. Army equipment, vehicles and supplies near potential areas of conflict around the world.

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M.V. Costa Classica To Receive

SSP Pod Drive

The Siemens-Schottel Propulsor Con- sortium (SSP) has received an order for the provision of an SSP pod drive and the electrical systems for the Italian cruise ship M.V. Costa Classica. The $78.8 million project, known as the largest modernization of a cruise ship to date, also encompasses the vessel's lengthening of 147 ft. (44.8 m), and will have its superstructure heightened with the addition of one new deck. The ves- sel, which was built in 1991 by Fin- cantieri, weighs 52,926-gt.

Since the existing diesel direct CP pro- peller system with a power rating of 10.5 MW per shaft was kept, the SSP will be implemented as a supplementary drive in the center, behind the rudder blades. Not only will this new system achieve the goal of raising the vessel's speed to about 23 knots, it will also pro- vide higher maneuverability since the pod can be rotated about its verti- cal axis.

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Costa Classica will undergo a $78.8M refurbishment, including the addition of a Siemens-Schottel Propulsor and a 147-ft. (44.8 m) lengthening.

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