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Major Riverboat Casinos (In Operation, Under Construction, On Order)

Vessel Capacity Operator Homeport

Alton Belle Casino 600 Alton Riverboat Gambling Alton, IL

Casino Rock Island 1000 Jumer Hotels Ltd. Rock Island, IL

City of Lights 1 600 Pratt Industries Aurora, IL

City of Lights II 600 Pratt Industries Aurora, IL

Diamond Lady 1200 Steamboat Development Corp. Davenport, IA

Dubuque Casino Belle 2200 Roberts River Rides Dubuque, IA

Emerald Lady 1200 Steamboat Development Corp. Davenport, IA

Empress Riverboat Casino 900 Des Plaines River Entertainment Corp. Joliet, IL

Galena Eagle 1000 Eagle Rock Resort Galena, IL

Lady Luck of Natchez Lady Luck Hotel & Casino Natchez, MS

Mississippi Belle II 500 Roberts River Rides Clinton, IA

Mississippi Grand Casino 3000 Miss. Grand Resort & Casino Tunica, MS

Palace Station 2500 Palace Station Hotel-Casino St. Charles, MO

Par-A-Dice 1068 Greater Peoria Riverboat Corp. Peoria, IL

Players Riverboat Casino 1200 S. III. Riverboat Casino Metropolis, IL

President Casino Mississippi 1500 Connelly Group Biloxi, MS

President Riverboat Casino 3000 Gateway Riverboat Cruises Davenport, IA

Spirit of America 1500 Not available Gulfport, MS

Unnamed 2000 Roberts River Rides Undecided

Harrah's Casino Cruises 1200 Des Plaines Development Joliet, IL

Grand Casino Gulfport Grand Casino Inc. Biloxi, MS

Patti, Nichols Brothers, Houma Fab- ricators, and Superior Boat Works.

A number of others are advertising to build new gaming vessels. They include: McDermott, Trinity Marine,

Sea Fab, Marine Builders, Avondale,

Southern Shipbuilding, and

Freeport Shipbuilding.

Support Facilities

Another important area to be con- sidered are the facilities to support the gaming vessels. Many opera- tors are opting to leave the ticket- ing, waiting areas, gift shops, res- taurants, business offices and stor- age areas on a barge moored beside the vessel

The "Good Old Dinner Boat Mar- ket," in general, continues to thrive.

One operator, for example, whose location lies between two gaming operations reports no change in his passenger count. Companies such as Odyssey, Spirit Cruises,

Hornblower, and Boston Harbor

Cruises continue to build dinner cruise vessels.

Vessel Design

A most important area is gam- bling vessel design. It is much more difficult than a plain passenger ves- sel project because of the space con- siderations involved for such areas as hard count rooms, slot club rooms,

Carrier Transicold Marine, a di- vision of Carrier Corporation, has recently been awarded a contract for eight 90CM series Centrifugal

Liquid Chillers. Four chillers were ordered for the cruise vessel Marco

Polo in Greece, and four chillers were ordered for the Grand Casino to be delivered in Gulfport, Miss., later this year.

Carrier Transicold's 90CM ma- rine centrifugal chillers are designed and EDT/security rooms. The criti- cal components on the vessel are no longer the engines and the gears, but rather the air-conditioning plant, sewage system, massive electrical generating systems, and casino elec- tronics. "Casino first, boat second," is the attitude taken by most operators. to meet the specific requirements for shipboard duty, as well as today's environmental concerns. The 90CM chillers are efficient, compact, modu- lar in design, use environmentally acceptable HCFC-22 and are con- vertible for use with ozone friendly


The new 90CM marine chiller provides high efficiency operation thereby lowering energy costs and ensuring the minimum amount of

Windows and intinerary have be- come secondary, in fact, because op- erators want customers playing, not looking at scenery. Additionally, weight onboard gaming vessels is a critical factor—the weight of money, coins, slot machines and coin counters. Some casino vessels carry in excess of 40 tons of coins. Not global warming due to indirect ef- fects. High-efficiency is obtained by high-speed turbine technology origi- nally developed by Carrier's parent company, United Technologies, for use in jet engines. The use of a new aerodynamic tunnel diffuser, devel- oped in conjunction with United

Technologies Research Center, en- sures optimum efficiency under all operating conditions.

Carrier reports emphasis on com- pact design has realized a 35 per- cent reduction in size in comparison to low-pressure chillers of compa- rable capacity. Flanged modular construction allows chiller disassem- bly and introduction through the hull via an opening equivalent to that of a standard machine room door. This makes the 90CM ideal for retrofit applications: the largest com- ponent is only 3.25 feet by 5 feet.

Other recent marine chiller or- ders awarded to Carrier Transicold include: the Player's International gaming boat, designed by Rodney E.

Lay & Associates, and built by Leevac

Shipyards; John Connelly's new- est gaming vessel, the President Mis- sissippi Casino, designed by DeJong & Lebet, also being built by Leevac

Shipyards; Pratt Industries' City of

Lights I and II, designed by DeJong & Lebet, and built by Garbe Iron

Works; and the Harrah's Casino

Cruises, designed by DeJong &

Lebet, and built by Service Marine

Industries, Inc. Costa Cruise Lines and Avlis Shipyards have also re- cently installed the Carrier

Transicold chiller packages.

For additional information detail- ing Carrier Transicold's line of ma- rine chillers for air conditioning or ship stores refrigeration plants,

Circle 29 on Reader Service Card since the Spanish Galleons have boats carried this many coins.

The overall size of these vessels has also posed a great deal of prob- lems for the U.S. Coast Guard. The possibility of locating six 3,000-pas- senger vessels in busy New Orleans

Harbor calls for a tremendous amount of very skillful planning.

As time goes on MARITIME RE-

PORTER will keep you abreast of new developments in this fast- changing industry market segment. *Editor's Note: For three years, the Waterfront Development Corpo- ration (WDC) has been a manage- ment consultant to the passenger vessel segment of the marine indus- try. During those three years, WDC has been associated with eight gam- ing vessel operations and four din- ner /excursion boat operations. WDC provides services to develop business plans, seek financial sources for ves- sel acquisition or construction, and oversee vessel design and startup operations. Mr. Hahn was with one of the major U.S. shipyards for a number of years and has an engi- neering background. He is also a licensed gaming executive in Iowa.

WDC is located at 256 College Lane,

Mobile, Ala. 36608; or telephone: (205) 343-4327.

Offshore Systems Appoints

Manfred Reimann as VP,

Marketing and Sales

Manfred Reimann was recently named vice president of marketing and sales with Offshore Systems,

Ltd. (OSL) of Vancouver, Canada, according to the company president

Helmut Lanzinger.

Manfred Reimann

Mr. Reimann will be working out of OSL's new U.S. office in the

Seattle area and will be responsible for all marketing and sales.

With an engineering degree in marine electronics, he brings over 25 years of marketing and manage- ment experience to OSL.

At Radio Holland Group-U.S.A., he was in charge of all U.S. market- ing and sales efforts.

Mr. Reimann was also the U.S. manager of Honeywell ELAC and general manager of Krupp Atlas

Elektronik Division.

OSL's Electronic Chart/Precise

Integrated Navigation Systems (ECPINS) links the electronic chart with radar data (see, "Offshore Sys- tems Wins $1.3 Million Contract For

Electronic Chart Systems," in this issue).

Casino, Cruise Vessel Orders

For New Generation Chillers

From Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold's 90CM marine centrifugal chillers are designed to meet the specific requirements for shipboard duty, as well as today's environmental concerns. ritiji

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