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New Oceanographic Ship

Christened By MSC

At Avondale

The oceanographic research ship

USNS Waters (T-AGS 45) was re- cently christened by the U.S. Navy's

Military Sealift Command (MSC) at

Avondale Industries, Inc., New Or- leans, La.

The principal speaker at the cer- emony was MSC's commanding offi- cer, Vice Adm. Francis R.

Donovan, USN, and the ship was sponsored by: Carol Weir Waters,

Martha Waters Philipps, Ann

Waters Scott and Dabney Wa- ters Schmitt, all daughters of the ship's namesake, Rear Adm. Odale

D. Waters Jr. Admiral Waters organized the Navy's oceanographic efforts into one centralized command while Oceanographer of the Navy between 1965 and 1970.

Upon delivery the Waters will join MSC's 20-ship Special Mission

Support Force and will conduct acoustic, hydrographic and oceano- graphic surveys and other scientific and experimental operations under the direction of the Space and Naval

Warfare Systems Command.

The Waters has a length of 442 feet, a beam of 69 feet and a 21-foot draft when fully loaded. She is ice strengthened and powered by two electro-propulsion motors that give her a sustained speed of 13.2 knots.

The ship will carry a crew of 57 civilian mariners, 21 scientists and a six-man military communication detachment.

For free literature about the ser- vices available from Avondale In- dustries, Inc.,

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Shaver Awards Z-Drive

Tug Contract To Martinac

J. M. Martinac Shipbuilding Cor- poration, Tacoma, Wash., recently received a contract to build a 3,000- hp, twin-screw, Z-drive tug from

Portland, Ore.-based Shaver Trans- portation Company.

The new tug is a variation on the successful Z-30, two-man tug design from the naval architecture firm of

Robert Allan Ltd., Vancouver,

Canada. The design firm will also serve as the owner's project man- ager until vessel delivery in spring 1993.

The tug is 75 feet, 11 inches long with a beam of 28 feet and a maxi- mum depth of 12 feet. Its configura- tion is of the reverse-tractor type, with fully-azimuthing Niigata ZP- 2A drive units located aft. Propul- sion is supplied by two Detroit Die- sel 16V-149TI-DDEC diesel engines, each rated at 1,500 bhp at 1,700 rpm, marking the first installation of the new electronically controlled

DDEC engine type in a ship assist tug.

The Z-30 will work ships off the bow using a heavy duty electric line handling winch. An articulated ex- tending-boom crane will increase the speed and safety of the ship assist operation by raising the 10-inch hawser approximately 55 feet to the ship's deck.

The tug is also equipped with four electric winches, mounted fore and aft on the main deck.

For additional information about

J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding,

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MSC's new oceanographic ship USNS Waters is christened at Avondale Industries.

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