Faster, more efficient cargo handling reduces costs and increases profit opportunities for all vessel owners—inland, coastal and deepdraft. To satisfy the changing needs of these cost-conscious customers, manufacturers of deck machinery and cargo
The new 400-passenger Music City Queen (shown above) was christened recently in her home port of Nashville, Tenn., according to Dr. Hugh D. Claughton, owner and president of Belle Carol Riverboat Company of that city. His daughter, Carol Ann Claughton, was the vessel's sponsor.
Two twin-hulled Surface Effect Ships (SES) under construction at Karlskrone, Sweden are the product of close collaboration between the Swedish company Karlskronavarvet AB and the U.S. company Textron Marine Systems. The vessels are being built for
In a widely expected announcement, late last month Matson Navigation Company, Inc. signed a contract with Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. (KPSI) for two new containerships worth a cumulative $220 million. The 2,600-TEU diesel-powered vessels
For more than three centuries, America's seaports have been centers of population, trade, and vibrant economic activity. Within the past three years, the U.S. seaport industry has emerged from the throes of recession, and today, in many respects,
Under a three-year contract signed recently by Honda Motor Company and Central Gulf Lines of New Orleans, a U.S.-flag merchant ship will be used to carry passenger cars from Japan to the U.S. market. The agreement calls for Central Gulf to order a new carrier with a capacity of 4,000 cars.
Hovermarine Transport Limited, the Southampton, Englandbased manufacturers of the HM.2 Mark III Hoverferry, has announced the first sale of their 65-passenger craft in Japan. Hovermarine decided more than two years ago to mount an extensive marketing effort in the Far East,
Ferry services to Venezuela's Margarita Island will be improved with the delivery of a second 282-ft. (86-m) vehicle/passenger catamaran to Conferry. Built by Austal Ships, Lilia Concepcion will join a fleet that already includes a similar Austal fast ferry, Carmen Ernestina.
Bills legalizing gambling on U.S. passenger vessels and giving ocean freight consolidators more flexibility in fulfilling bonding requirements were recently sent by the House to the President's desk. It also approved and sent to the Senate a bill
A multi-role hospital and support ship, built at Gijon yard within schedule, was delivered by IZAR to its owner, Spain's Instituto Social de la Marina (ISM, a fishermen's welfare and health care organization, part of the Spanish Social Security).