ARAMCO has awarded a contract to Verolme Brazil (VERB) for the construction of four selfelevating platforms. The contract is valued at more than $125 million. The platforms were designed by Gusto Engineering of Schiedam, Holland. Three will be used for wellservicing and fire-fighting,
The U.S. Government is assisting an industry-sponsored program to study and test models of ocean platforms shaped like giant concrete bubbles, each capable of holding enough fuel for 500,000 cars on a crosscountry trip. These unique vessels, called Tuned Spheres,
Queen Mary 2 will not only be the largest, tallest and fastest passenger ship of its type in the world; it will also revive the august tradition of the transatlantic liner and take the design of such vessels several steps further into the future The
Bay Shipbuilding Corp. has announced the signing of a contract to build an oceangoing bulk cargo barge for Universal American Barge Corporation of Greenwich, Conn. This will be the first vessel built for Universal American Barge by Bay Ship. The
Conoco Inc., Houston, Texas, recently announced plans for a new type of drilling and production platform capable of operating in 2,000-foot waters, twice as deep as the previous record. The company expects the new platform to be operating in the North Sea in four years.
The bunker industry is witnessing interesting times. Throughout the last 12 months, prices have doubled for many grades of fuel, reaching unparalleled levels. At the same time, the industry has seen the launch of the first serious Internet- based marine fuels sales operations.
A new technical committee, the Offshore Committee, has been formed by The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Its purpose is to give wider emphasis to the offshore aspects of naval architecture and ocean engineering than heretofore,
Hellenic Lines Ltd. moved toward completion of its pacemaking $320-million modernization program with the recent commissioning of the M/V Hellenic Wave, the third of four Prideclass vessels being converted to fully cellularized containerships by Cantieri Navali Rinuiti, S.
1976 was a year of contrast for world bulk shipping. In the dry cargo trades some semblance of stability was i n t r o d u c e d into freight rates, which ended the year at virtually the same levels as at its beginning by the upturn in world economic activity.
Concurrent Systems has released Version 2.0 of its easy to use hydrostatics package NAPOL (Naval Architectural Problem Oriented Language). NAPOL is available in a personal version capable of performing calculations of Hydrostatic curves of form and