A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SHIPBUILDERS COUNCIL OF AMERICA The year 1985 witnessed the continued resurgence of the United States as the world's foremost naval power. Measured by any yardstick, the Navy should meet its 600-ship goal by the end of this decade.
A new police surveillance launch, RP 9, was recently delivered to the Dutch Marine Police Force by Damen Shipyards of Gorinchem, the Netherlands, The first vessels of this type, built by Damen as pilotboats, are in service off the German coast.
With the virtual disappearance of the market for oceangoing merchant ships, most of the major private yards in the U.S. are heavily dependent upon Navy shipbuilding, conversion, and repair for the majority of their work, some as much as 100 percent.
The recent initial monthly meeting of The Society of Marine Port Engineers New York, N.Y., Inc., heard a presentation on the National Shipbuilding Research Program sponsored by the Maritime Administration in c o o p e r a t i on with Bath Iron Works Corporation.
A proposed commercial shipyard recovery plan was presented at the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) board of directors meeting and Congressional seminar held recently in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., according to a recent article in Shipyard Weekly.
Two of Finland's biggest shipyards, Wartsila and Valmet, will merge into one shipbuiding group, with Wartsila taking a controlling 70-percent interest. To begin operations in early 1987, the merger will make the new group a market leader in specialty vessels,
Exxon U.S.A.'s Marine Department recently announced plans for a $100-million program to modify five of its tankers. Newport New Shipbuilding in Newport News, Va., will do the work, which is expected to be completed by mid-1981. The five tankers — the Exxon Baltimore,
Shipowners, shipbuilders and bankers were told at a recent meeting in London that as much as $200 billion will be needed over the next decade to replace the world's aging shipping fleets. Rex Harrington, of the Royal Bank of Scotland, forecast that
Total Transportation Systems (International) A/S (TTS) recently announced the receipt, through its United Kingdom subsidiary, of a $5.5-million contract to significantly modernize the steel fabrication facilities at Kvaerner Govan Limited in Glasgow, Scotland.
Changes Create New Supplier Opportunities The Department of Defense has requested $311.6 billion in new budget authority for the fiscal year (FY 1987) beginning October 1, 1986. Included in the budget request, biggest ever in U.S. peacetime history,