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Ship Repair & Conversion labor-intensive portions of the operation offshore.

At press time, there were even rumors afloat that the consolidation process among Singapore repair and conversion yards is not yet done.

Keppel Hitachi had not fully reaped cost savings from its merger though some progress had been made through retrenchments. Analysts generally expect that earnings to decline for year 2000. Unlike SembCorp Marine, the bulk of Keppel Hitachi's turnover comes from ship-repair, and thus the yard would not benefit from a rebound in conversion activity.

MacGregor Assists With Repair

A specialist MacGregor team has been assisting in the timely return to service of the RoPax ferry Superfast III that was damaged by fire in early November. The $3 million project, which began in

December was scheduled for comple- tion by the end of February at Blohm +

Voss. MacGregor is rectifying severe damage on two of the vessel's vehicle decks, and is also repairing its passenger elevators. The company is also con- structing and replacing a 13 x 164 ft. (4 x 50 m) tilting ramp, a hoistable access ramp and a pilot door, all of which are being fabricated in Poland. Delivered in 1998 by Kvaerner Masa-Yards, the 28,800-gt Superfast III and sistership

Superfast IV each carry 1,400 passen- gers at 28.5 knots.

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S.S. Independence Drydocked

Per an historic, cooperative agreement between Honolulu Shipyard and Pearl

Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY), one of the U.S. Navy's drydocks was utilized to lift the inter-island cruise vessel S.S.

Independence, which is owned and operated by American Classic Voyages, (AMCV), out of the water for inspection and repairs. This is a premiere occur- rence at Pearl Harbor's Navy complex, as it is the first time a regularly sched- uled drydock of a commercial vessel has been done there. In 1985, S.S. Constitu- tion was docked there for emergency repairs. Since the vessel will be docked locally, it will not lose a week of service in transit to and from the U.S. mainland for repairs.

Trimline Reports Good Quarter

Marine interior specialists Trimline has reported the most active ever quarter occurring at the end of 1999. The com- pany performed work on eight passen- ger vessels during the end of last year, with the projects headed by work on the

Cunard Liner Queen Elizabeth 2. Other work included refitting of a Mediter- ranean ferry, refurbishment of cabins on

Saga Cruises' Saga Rose in Germany and upgrades to passenger facilities on

P&O's Portsmouth-based cross-Channel ferries Pride of Hampshire and Pride of

Cherbourg - which were docked at A&P


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Completes Repairs

DNT crude oil tanker M.T. G S Salaria sailed out on January 25, proceeding successful completion of repairs at

Cochin Shipyard, where it had been dry- docked since December 21, 1999. Com- prised of steel renewal, blast cleaning and painting of the hull and replacement of damaged economizer coil, the repair package also included overhauling of

DG sets, pumps, valves, boilers and main engine bearings, which were undertaken during the vessel's lay-up.

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