Agri-Trans Corporation, a barging cooperative which transports grain and chemical fertilizer products on the inland waterways, recently christened a new 3,700- hp locking river towboat, the M/V Cooperative Venture. Mrs. Georgeanna Werner, wife of Melvin Werner,
Westport Shipyard, Inc., Westport, Wash., has delivered a 90-foot fiberglass vessel to Catalina Channel Express Lines for service on passenger routes between Los Angeles Harbor and Catalina Island. Catalina Channel Express Lines, which already is equipped with Westport-built vessels,
Riverway Shipyard Company of Grafton, 111., recently completed construction of the 910- bhp towboat Waterways Explorer (shown above) for River Operators, Inc. The new vessel will be used as a fleet boat and a shuttle boat in the Winona, Minn., area.
Halter Marine, Inc., New Orleans, La., has delivered a 127- foot raised pilothouse tug, the Capt. Fred Bouchard, to Bouchard Transportation, Inc. of Hicksville, N.Y. The vessel was named after the company's founder. The versatile vessel can be mated with notched stern barges,
EDO Corporation, College Point, N.Y., designer and manufacturer of advanced electronic and electromechanical equipment, has announced that its government products division has received a contract from the U.S. Navy for $3.9-million to produce
Dravo Corporation's Neville Island shipyard near Pittsburgh, Pa., recently launched its 40th Viking-class towboat, the Ned C. Sheats. The 5,600-hp towboat is the latest in the Viking line, which began in 1972 in response to the need for increased productivity in river transportation.
—Literature Available Wagner Engineering Ltd. of North Vancouver, B.C., Canada, has announced that it has been selected by Saint John Shipbuilding Limited to supply the steering systems as well as integrated steering control systems for six patrol frigates being built for the Canadian Navy.
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).
Texas Instruments Incorporated has just introduced a TI 9930 Talking Navigator Accessory Option with Autopilot Output f or use with its Loran C based navigation system. Using the new Speech Option, the commercial boat operator situated anywhere
Howard H. Scott, president of Bird-Johnson Company, has been elected chairman of the board of directors and continues as chief e x e c u t i v e o f f i c e r . He replaces Frederick K. Becker, who is retiring. The board also announced the promotion of Charles A.