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LR#s Offshore Register Shows Increase Of

Over 100 Units In Mobile Drilling Rigs

Artist's rendering of The Ventspils. The Arctic-class products carrier is powered by a slow-speed B&W diesel engine.

First Of Five Tankers For

USSR Christened At Rauma-Repola Yard

The first in a series of five 5,750-dwt Arclkuclass product tankers, -The Ventspils, was chris- tened recently at Rauma-Repola

Shipyard, Rauma, Finland. The vessel and its sisterships are be- ing built for the USSR's Ministry of Merchant Marine.

The tankers, of a new design, can transport up to four differ- ent products simultaneously in ambient temperatures down to minus 40 degrees Centigrade. The

Ventspils measures 113 meters long overall, is 18.3 meters wide with an 8.5-meter depth.

The vessel is powered by a slow-speed B&W 6L 45GFCA die- sel engine, built in the USSR, with an output of 4,350 kw driv- ing a fixed-blade propeller.

A special feature of The Vent- spils and sisterships is the capa- bility to transfer oil without using normal quay facilities. The transfer system comprises 800 meters of 150-mm-diameter hose on reels carried in special con- tainers. The system is fabricated by the shipyard.

The continued increase in the number of offshore units around the world is again reflected in the latest (1982/83) edition of the Register of Offshore Units,

Submersibles and Diving Sys- tems, published recently by

Lloyd's Register of Shipping.

The number of mobile drilling rigs listed has grown by more than a hundred to 744, compared with 638 a year ago, while the number of submersibles has in- creased from 396 to 425. The number of work units, 488, rep- resents an increase of 11 units from the previous year. In addi- tion, the publication includes de- tails of 367 diving systems classed or certified by LR.

Each entry includes compre- hensive details of the equipment.

In the case of mobile drilling rigs, the information covers full de- tails of drilling equipment, pro- pulsion, cranes, electrical and po- sition fixing equipment, as well as owners, operators, and drilling $4.5 Million In Cost

Increases Approved By

MarAd For Two Ro/Ro's

The Maritime Administration recently approved increases in the actual cost of two roll-on / roll-off containerships being built for Waterman Steamship Corp. by Penn Shipbuilding Co., Ches- locations. Similar details are giv- en for submersibles, diving sys- tems, and work units. In addi- tion, the 570-page publication contains a section giving the ad- dresses, telex, and telephone num- bers of the owners of the equip- ment.

Like the Register of Ships,

LR's Register of Offshore Units,

Submersibles and Diving Sys- tems is recognized as one of the principal reference works in its field, invaluable to all sectors of the industry. It is issued free of charge to all subscribers to the

Register of Ships, and is also available for sale separately.

In the U.K., further informa- tion and copies of the Register can be obtained from: Manager,

Lloyd's Register Printing House,

Manor Roval, Crawley, West

Sussex, RH10 2QN; Telephone

Crawley (0293) 26404. Else- where, it is available through the local offices of Lloyd's Reg- ister of Shipping. ter. Pa. An increase of $2,027,000 was approved for hull 346, and $2,531,646 for hull 347. In ap- plying for the increases Water- man cited higher than antici- pated design, engineering, and interest costs.

The increases raised the total actual costs of the two ships to $88,522,746 of which 48.8 per- cent is covered by construction- differential subsidy and $66,392,- 000 is guaranteed by Title XI commitments. Both vessels have been time-chartered to the Mil- itary Sealift Command for five years, with options to extend the charters for an additional 20 years.

Upon delivery by Penn Ship- building, the vessels will under- go modifications for MSC service at the National Steel and Ship- building Co. in San Diego, Calif.

It is anticipated that all Title XI indebtedness of each vessel will be retired when they are deliv- ered to MSC.

G.E. Receives $15-Million

Navy Turbine Order

General Electric Company,

Philadelphia, Pa., has been issued a $15,870,000 unpriced order against a basic ordering agree- ment. The order covers produc- tion of four HP-IP turbines, LP turbine rotors, transfer values, and steam seal regulators for the

USS Independence (CV-62). Work will be performed in Lynn, Mass.

The Naval Regional Contracting

Center, Philadelphia, is the con- tracting activity (N00140-82-G- 0176).



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