New international standards for double hull oil tanker construction were recently adopted at the 32nd session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 32) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a United Nations agency responsible for maritime affairs.
Kockums Shipyard, Malmo, Sweden, has just announced delivery of the 256,050-dwt tanker Sea Swift to the iSalen Shipping Companies of Sweden. The turbine-powered VLCC is the last of six tankers ordered by Salen and the 16th in the Kockums present series of twenty 255,000- tonners.
Shaver Transportation Company has recently taken delivery of a new ship handling tug, the Portland, for service in the Port of Portland. The Portland is propelled by two Maritime Industries model 1650 H 360° steerable Z-drives, each rated at 1,700 bhp.
Rear Adm. Charles P. Murphy, USCG (ret.), general manager, ship construction, Sea-Land Service, Inc., has been named recipient of the second annual Halert C. Shepheard Award for achievement in marine safety. The award was established by the American Institute
Matson Navigation Company has promoted John C. Couch to senior vice president, Barrick L. Prince to vice president, and Merle Kelai to assistant vice president, sales, it was announced by J.P. Gray, president. Mr. Couch, a vice president since February 1978,
There is a new awareness of the need for improved steering gear reliability on tankships. This awareness has arisen as a result of recently proposed regulations and standards published by the U. S. Coast Guard and the Inter- Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO).
In accordance with proposed Coast Guard Rules stipulating that vessels calling on U.S. ports must be equipped with steering gear power failure alarm indication, Marine Electric RPD, Inc. is marketing a Galbraith-Pilot Marine Power Failure Alarm which meets these Coast Guard Regulations.
Robert L. Wendt, president of the Sperry Division of Sperry Corporation, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Walter R. Beam to the newly created post of division vice president for research and development. In his new position, Dr. Beam will
New U.S. Coast Guard rules will require most ships — tentatively those over 1,600 gross tons —with power-driven main or auxiliary steering gear to be equipped w i t h advanced steering failure alarm systems. The new rules, which are expected to be put into force within six to eight months,
Stanley A. Dashew, president and founder of OMNITHRUSTER INC., recently announced that the board of directors elected J. Michael Melvin vice president, marketing. Mr. Melvin will report directly to the office of the president. OMNITHRUSTER INC.