Astilleros Espanoles Names Wesley Wheeler Exclusive U.S.A. Rep
Astilleros Espanoles, S.A., with head offices in Madrid, Spain, has announced the appointment of Wesley D. Wheeler, president of Wesley D. Wheeler Associates, Ltd., international maritime consultants, 104 East 40th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016, as its exclusive U.S.A. representative for ship construction and repair. AESA, as it is commonly known, dates back to 1900 and is the largest shipbuilder and fourth largest employer in Spain. There are 16 separate divisions or subsidiaries throughout the country, eight of which are shipyards. The other eight facilities include the largest manufacturer of slow speed diesels in Europe, as well as the producers of steam turbines, boilers, propellers, steering gears, cranes, winches, rolled steel products, and the largest maker of forgings in Spain.
The yards are capable of producing any type and size of vessel, up to 1,000,000 dwt in their new facilities in Cadiz, where their recent repair dock of almost 500,000 dwt is also located, together with the Delta Tank Cleaning Station.
They hold licenses from some of the world's most prodigious names such as Sulzer, Burmeister & Wain, Pielstick, Werkspoor, General Electric, Stal-Laval, Pusnes, Lips, MacGregor, Combustion Engineering, HDW Simplex, etc.
This appointment is quite appropriate by virtue of Mr. Wheeler's long relationship with Astilleros dating back to 1961, and his knowledge of the language and customs derived from living in Spain almost four years.
He holds a B.S.M.E. degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.S.E. degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan. He has over 20 years of diversified marine experience, and his steadily expanding firm is now celebrating its third anniversary.