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Austal USA Secures Candies

Vessel Duo

Austal Ltd. has reported that its U.S. operation, Austal USA, has secured a two-vessel order for the construction of 150 ft. (45.7 m) aluminum crew supply vessels to operate in the Gulf of Mexico.

The vessel pair, which has been ordered by Otto Candies of Des Alle- mands, La., is scheduled for delivery in early 2002. This new order adds on to the current 82 ft. (25 m) high speed pas- senger catamaran that Austal USA is constructing for an unnamed owner.

The monohull designed vessels will be used to service the offshore industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Operating at a speed of 26 knots, each will house two forward cabins on the main deck to provide seat-

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The tug will be powered by twin main engines producing 1,710 hp. Since the tug will be involved in operations in low bridge clearance areas, its superstructure and mast were modified to a low profile to meet a 19 ft. air gap clearance. Also onboard will be a hydraulically-operat- ed stern towing winch to increase the vessel's capabilities and versatility.

The vessel is the third to house a hull design developed by A&B to meet inland and coastal operator require- ments for 10 and 12 ft. hull depths. This specialized design can accommodate main engines with power ratings up to 3,000 bhp.

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MMC Gets Rep For

Barge Industry

MMC International Corp., Inwood,

L.I. will be represented by ERL Inc.,

New Albany, Ind. for the inland water- ways barge industry.

ERL will be marketing MMC's full product line including the Flexi-Dip closed gas tight portable gauging and sampling systems and CL couplings for flange to flange connections. 56 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

A&B Industries To Build 76 Ft. Tug

A&B Industries, Morgan City, La., has signed a contract with Luhr Bros.,

Columbia, 111., for a 76 ft. (23.1 m) model bow tug for service in the Great

Lakes as a switch tug and general oper- ations vessel. ing for 80 passengers; the vessels' aft cargo deck has been designed to carry up to 150 long tons of cargo.

Both vessels will be powered by 4x

Cummins KTA 38 Ml diesel engines (1,000 hp) driving Hamilton 571 water- jets through Reintjes WVS 430/1 revers- ing gearboxes.

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Aker Finnyards To Build $1.5

Million Fast Surface Combatant

Aker Finnyards and the Finnish Navy have agreed on a $1.5 million contract for the construction of another Hamina-

Class Fast Surface Combatant.

The vessel, which will be delivered in

April 2003, will have a length of 28 ft. (8.5 m), draft of 5 ft. (1.5 m) and dis- placement of 200 tons. Comprised of aluminum and lightweight composite materials in the superstructure, the ves- sel's propulsion system will consist of two wateijets producing a speed of more than 30 knots.

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