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Boats & Barges
The Caterpillar-powered Empress is the fourth casino boat built by the Jacksonville, Fla., shipyard of
Atlantic Marine, Inc.
Atlantic Marine Delivers 1,200-Passenger 'Empress/
New Illinois Casino Boat
Atlantic Marine, Inc., Jackson- ville, Fla., recently delivered the
Empress to Des Plaines River En- tertainment Corporation, Joliet, 111.
The 222- by 66-foot twin deck casino vessel, with a capacity for 1,200 pas- sengers and 100 crew, will offer gam- 14 ing cruises on the Des Plaines River.
Designed by Rodney E. Lay Asso- ciates, Inc., Jacksonville, the vessel is powered by two Caterpillar 3412
TA marine engines turning ZF
BW251 reduction gears with a 4.13:1 ratio. Caterpillar also supplied the following machinery: two 3508,715- kw generator sets, which provide shipboard electrical service; a 3304NA, 113-kw generator set for emergency power; and a 3208TA engine to power the Schottel SST170 48-inch bow thruster.
Its impressive Las Vegas-style interiors were designed by Direc- tions in Design of St. Louis. The two grand ballroom-sized casinos are located on the upper and main decks.
Deck access is provided by a 27- person Montgomery hydraulic el- evator.
Electronic equipment on the ves- sel includes a Furuno 1730 radar, a
Datamarine International 300 depth sounder, and VHF radios from Icom and Si-tex.
In addition to the Empress, At- lantic Marine has delivered three other casino boats. Two, the Dia- mond Lady and Emerald Lady, for- merly operated out of Iowa, while a third, the Par-A-Dice, operates out of Illinois. The Diamond Lady and the Emerald Lady will reportedly be moved to Biloxi, Miss., shortly.
Established in 1964, Atlantic
Marine constructs all types of ves- sels including dinner boats, ferry boats, research vessels, tugs, barges and fishing vessels for domestic and international owners.
On the international side, Atlan- tic is building a steel hull twin-screw passenger/vehicle ferry for the Re- sort Hotel Playa Tambor. The 130- foot ferry Tambor, scheduled for delivery in September 1992, will operate between Puntarenas and
Paquera on the Pacific Coast of Costa
Rica. The Caterpillar-powered ves- sel will have a capacity of375 people and between 16 to 18 cars and six trucks or buses.
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Predict Sales To Double
John Farrell, head of the Aus- tralian Shipbuilding Association, re- cently stated that sales by Austra- lian shipbuilders could double to more than $500 million a year by 1995.
The Australian shipbuilding in- dustry will produce $267 million worth of new ships by the end of fiscal year 1992,70 percent of which are sold overseas.
While its shipbuilding industry was dominated by the steel construc- tion of coastal traders, trawlers and tugs in 1985, 75 percent of the pro- duction in Australia's yards today are built from lightweight materi- als, including aluminum, used in constructing fast vessels such as catamarans.
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