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The MED certified pipe section com- plies with the strictest safety require- ments instilled onboard vessels, and its non-combustible wool and its surface meet requirements of low flame spread according to IMO A.653(16). Well-suit- ed for small pipes and intricate pipe sys- tems with many bends and T-sections, the Marine Universal Pipe Section is comprised of uniquely processed stonewool, which makes it flexible when pressed, while diameter and insu- lation qualities of stonewool remain constant. In addition, the inner struc- tures of the pipe section adjust automat- ically to irregularities preventing ther- mal bridges from occurring.

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Wachs' EB Is Specially Built

The E.H. Wachs Co. has specifically built its new EB for excavation of dis- similar welds in boiler applications, as well as cutting and beveling operations on heavy wall boiler tubes. The EB clamps to the tube with self centering clamp pads. A cutting/feed system, which is comprised of two tool slides and a spring loaded trip assembly, requires no adjustment and no star wheel alignment. Each tool slide pro- vides up to .75-in. of travel.

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Near Miss Caused By Deficient

Air Pipes

It was reported in Det Norske Veritas'

Casualty Information newsletter that an unexpected ingress of water occurred in a 10,000-grt RoRo vessel's starboard ballast tanks while at sea — causing it to permanently heel several degrees to starboard.

The RoRo commenced its voyage with a slight list to starboard due to a

SW wind of force 6-7, which came in on the port bow. Within a short period of time, the list increased significantly, at which time the course was altered in order to head into the wind and sea, and the vessel was returned to the port of departure.

After the damage was surveyed (vari- ous cars had been damaged due to shift- ing cargo), investigations showed that water had entered the starboard ballast tank number three. The tank structure was tight, but the closing ball of the air pipe from the starboard wing ballast tank number three was no longer in place. It was revealed that the retaining bar had broken off at the top, allowing the ball to go overboard.

Probable cause of this incident was more than likely the result of the retain- ing bars being used as mooring points for bunker barges, which resulted in the detachment.

Bayonne Drydock Opened

The formation of a new company has been established to operate the Bayonne

Drydock. Located on the property of the recently closed Military Ocean Termi- nal, the graving-type drydock will be operated by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based

G.M.D. Shipyard on a lease from the

City of Bayonne, N.J. Constructed dur- ing WWII, the dock was used as an annex to the Brooklyn Navy Yard to handle the largest ships in fleet, includ- ing battleships and aircraft carriers.

More recently, it was utilized for com- mercial work, including the refit of


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