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Vulkan Group Launches

Eighth Containership

Ordered By Conti Reederei

The eighth container vessel of the

BV 1600-class ordered by Conti

Reederei from the Vulkan Group, the Contship France, was recently launched by Schichau Seebeckwerft

AG, of Bremerhaven, Germany, a member of the group.

The Contship France is 535.8 feet in length, has a 90.2-foot breadth and a maximum draught of 35 feet.

The 23,094-dwt containership will be powered by a BV/MAN B&W 6L60MC diesel engine generating 10,440 kW and driving the ship to a speed of 18.3 knots.

The vessel will have a total capac- ity of 1,597 20-foot equivalent unit (teu) containers and be classed by

Germanischer Lloyd.

After the ship's scheduled deliv- ery in mid-February, 1993, she will be the sixth vessel in Conti Reederei's fleet to be longterm chartered to

Contship Container Lines, Ipswich,


The Contship France will be op- erating within the frame of the

Contship Group for Eagle Container

Lines on the Europe to Australia and Far East route.

The ship is to be managed by NSB

Niederelbe Schiffahrtsgesellschaft

GmbH & Company, KG, Buxtehude,



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Germany, a subsidiary of Bremer

Vulkan Verbund AG.

New Double-Hulled

Texaco Tanker To Be

Named 'Star Ohio'

Texaco, Inc., White Plains, N.Y., recently announced that its wholly- owned subsidiary, Texaco Panama,

Inc., has taken delivery of a new double-hulled motor tanker.

The 900-foot vessel, which can carry up to one million barrels of oil, is named the Star Ohio, after the company's historic World War II tanker Ohio that was vital to resupplying the island of Malta.

The vessel was built at Samsung's

Koje, Korea, shipyard to ABS stan- dards, including ice-strengthening.

Texaco intends to operate the ves- sel in worldwide trading, carrying crude oil for the company and its affiliates.

Weezie Davidson, wife of

Texaco, Inc., vice president and cor- porate secretary Carl B. Davidson, christened the Star Ohio during cer- emonies in Korea.

Texaco's international marine fleet comprises 33 owned and term- chartered ocean-going tankers, to- talling about 4.8 million deadweight tons.

Lips Receives P&O

Propeller Systems Order

For New Superliner

Lips B.V., of the Netherlands, has been selected by P&O Cruises to supply the main propeller system, transverse thrusters and associated control systems for its 67,000-gt, luxury superliner being built at

Meyer Werft shipyard, Papenburg,


The new P&O liner, which will replace the company's cruise ship

Canberra, will be fitted with two

Lips 4C 18-type, highly-skewed, con- trollable pitch propellers.

Each of the 19-foot diameter screws will be engineered to absorb 25 MW in an installation designed to ensure a speed of approximately 24 knots.

In addition to the ship's main propellers, Lips will also supply three variable pitch bow thrusters and one stern thruster unit, each generating 1,550 kW.

The high degree of maneuverabil- ity that this extensive thruster in- stallation will provide the ship will be complemented by a Lipsstick single-lever control unit, which will simultaneously control the liner's main propellers, rudders and thrust- ers.

All of these units will be linked through a Lipstronic microproces- sor-based control system.

The 1,975-passenger P&O superliner is scheduled to join the

British cruise fleet in the spring of 1995. 8 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News

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