Tuesday, August 15 2000


NASSCO and machinists reach agreement

According to the San Diego Daily Transcript, National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have reached tentative agreement on a new seven-year labor contract . Reportedly, the deal, which is subject to a ratification vote nexrt week, would extend NASSCO's profit sharing plan for machinists through 2007. Negotiations with five unions representing other NASSCOworkers commenced last month.



New CFO for Tidewater
Tidewater Inc. announced today that Ken C. Tamblyn, its executive vice president and chief financial officer will retire effective August 31, 2000, for personal and family reasons.

Succeeding Tamblyn as Tidewater's chief financial officer is J. Keith Lousteau, a senior vice president and the company's treasurer. He has been with Tidewater for 23 years

Tidewater also announced the promotion of Joseph M. Bennett, the company controller, to the additional position of vice-president.


Offshore jacking systems alliance
OSL Offshore Systems & Deck Machinery, LLC has announced a business alliance with Philadelphia Gear Corporation to manufacture and supply turnkey rack and pinion electric driven jacking systems for offshore drilling and production rigs.

Offshore Systems & Deck Machinery, LLC is a Dallas, Texas-based company owned one-third each by The Oilgear Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Superior Fabricators, Inc. of Baldwin, Louisiana; and Lantec Industries of Langley, British Columbia.

The designs developed by the partners use proven technology that is claimed to be technically superior to any system available today. The system continuously monitors the operational state of each of the pinions as well as the overall system in real time.
It is designed to meet all the latest certification requirements ie ABS, DNV, LR etc, while reducing the total installed cost of the system as compared to previous technology.OSL

Doug Hines, OSL president, said: "By combining our new load sharing electric drive subsystem with the large capacity pre-design mechanical gear equipment of Philadelphia Gear we bring to the industry a capability that has not yet been available."

"Our new 1000 kip per pinion system." he continued "will offer an alternative to the older designs of jacking systems that have not made improvements in the last 10-15 years. This becomes even more important with the addition of loads for combination drilling / production type jacking rig designs."


Celebrity ships get LR "green" notation
Celebrity Cruises' 76,000gt sisterships Galaxy and Mercury, and 70,000gt Century are the first vessels to be awarded the Lloyd's Register (LR) Environmental Protection descriptive note.

The notation recognizes Celebrity Cruises' compliance with LR's Provisional Rules for Environmental Protection and confirms Celebrity's commitment to ensure its ships operate to a high environmental standard.

At a presentation attended by senior executives from Celebrity Cruises and LR, John Stansfeld, president of Lloyd's Register Americas, Inc., congratulated the company on being the first to achieve this standard for three of its existing vessels and on its foresight in pursuing environmental certification for its entire cruise ship fleet.

To achieve this award, all vessels underwent a comprehensive process of plan appraisal and survey and audit to demonstrate compliance with requirements for:

  • NOx and SOx emission levels
  • ozone depleting refrigerant gases and fire fighting agents
  • oil pollution prevention
  • sewage treatment
  • hull anti-fouling systems
  • ballast water.

 

In addition to the core requirements, Celebrity opted to satisfy the enhanced requirements for anti-fouling systems and accordingly, the supplementary character, A, has been assigned to both Century and Galaxy in recognition of their use of tin free anti-fouling coatings.

 

 

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