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Cammell Laird Secures Upgrading And

Drydocking Of RFA Argus

Cammell Laird has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to drydock and upgrade the RFA heli- copter support ship Argus.

This award follows the successful refit of the RFA

Fort Rosalie earlier this year.

The RFA Argus is designated as a helicopter support vessel and plays a vital role in the support of U.K. overseas operations. A significant portion of the upgrading of the vessel is to replace the existing inter- nal modular hospital.

A new state of the art hospital facility will be built into the existing vessel. The primary casualty receiving station (RC.R.S.) is capable of handling 90 people and will be used to provide emergency hospital facilities with 20 high dependency units and 4 operating tables.

Damen Receives Jumbo Order

Argus is scheduled to arrive at the Tyneside yard early

January 2001 and depart in May 2001. This will be a return visit for the vessel, which previously visited the

Hebburn facility in 1996. The company is also current- ly undertaking the conversion of a rail ferry into the world's largest commercially operated floating hospi- tal, the Africa Mercy, which is owned by the U.S. char- ity Mercy Ships.

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The Cargo Vessels Division of Damen

Shipyards signed a $62.3 million con- tract with Dutch shipping company,

Jumbo, for the building of two heavy lift ships, each measuring 469 ft. (143.1 m) with a beam of 87 ft. (26.5 m).

They have a lifting capacity of 1,600 tons, and will be constructed at

Damen's Romanian yard.

The first vessel will be delivered dur- ing the first quarter of 2003 — the sec- ond will arrive in the third quarter.

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FGH To Undertake $53 Million

Of New Projects

Friede Goldman Halter (FGH) will undertake a variety of new projects with a combined value of more than $53 million, excluding options.

Halter Marine has agreed with Vessel

Management Services for the construc- tion of a 150,000-barrel oceangoing, double-hulled ATB, with options for up to five additional units. The barges will be constructed at Halter's Port

Bienville shipyard in Pearl ington,

Miss, and the tugs will be built at the

Moss Point Marine shipyard in

Escatawpa, Miss.

The company will also build, inte- grate and commission a pair of 1 50-ft. (45.7 m) power-generating barges for

Waller Marine of Houston, Texas. The barges will be constructed at Halter's

Moss Point yard and outfitted at Friede

Goldman Offshore's Pascagoula Last facility.

Friede & Goldman has been granted a contract from Noble Drilling Corp. to perform design engineering for phase one of the upgrade of the Noble I lion semisubmersible — involving hull upgrade — to be complete at Friede

Goldman Offshore.

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