Selecting a "Technology-of-the-Year" for the June 2002 Yearbook edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News was no smal task, and a decidedly unscientific one, at that. There were no editorial boards, voting slips, gala dinners or plaques. Simply put.
Two years ago the President presented to Congress a program to reverse more than a decade of declining American military strength. In the preceding 10 years, real defense spending had declined 22 percent; our nuclear megatonage had been cut in
Ketchikan, Alaska, a city "five miles long and two blocks wide," in the words of one area firefighter, has acquired a new, 30-knot fireboat capable of covering that expanse. The Harry Newell, named for the only member of the Ketchikan Fire Department to lose his life in the line of duty,
North American passenger vessel operators now have access to catamaran designs of one of the world's largest and most experienced catamaran builders, because of an agreement between Westamarin A/S, the Trinity Marine Group, and Scandinavian Catamarans, Inc.
With current daily operating costs totaling many thousands of dollars, ships must keep port time to a minimum for cost-efficient operations. Therefore, reliable and efficient cargo-handling gear, deck machinery, access equipment, and stowage systems are essential for a fast turnaround.
These days, any privately owned shipyard that was formerly occupied strictly with building new merchant ships has either swung around to the repair and conversion market, has made plans to do so, or is actively pursuing Navy work—which certainly continues to be more than substantial.
A&P Shipcare has opened a new repair facility in Tilbury Freeport. London. The facility, which will support the nationwide, 24-hour, 365-day service already provided by the existing A&P Shipcare network, comprises workshop facilities in the port
SeaArk Marine, Inc. of Monticello, Ark., has announced two new members of the company's management staff, according to Robert Trammel, president of SeaArk. James F. Mullen will assume the position of engineering manager. He formerly worked as an engineer for Grumman Corporation,
Matatec Marine International Ltd., Whitley Bay, U.K., the worldwide representative of the various ship repair yards throughout mainland China, has appointed Marindustry Worldwide, Inc., Mahwah, N.J., as North American representative for China State Shipbuilding Corporation Ship Repair Yards.
In the fall of 1999, American Classic Voyages (AMCV) announced plans to almost singlehandedly revive the business of building cruise ships in the United States. Critics claimed it couldn 't be done, but the ships steadily took shape on the building ways in Pascagoula, Mississippi.