Spanish shipbuilder Hijos de J. Barreras, part of Astilleros Espanoles S.A. (AESA), recently delivered the 344-foot Albacora, what is believed to be the world's largest tuna purse seiner. To be operated by Albacora Company in the Indian Ocean from her base at Seychelles,
Believed to be the largest barge ever built in the U.S., the 640-foot Belcher 102 (shown above) was launched recently at the Galveston Shipbuilding Company yard in Galveston, Texas. To be employed in the U.S. coastal transportation of petroleum products,
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.
—Color Literature Offered— Over the last decade, Gladding- Hearn lobster boats of the Kristen & Michael class have established a well-earned reputation among New England fishermen. First built in the early 1970s, these 65-foot to 76- foot steel-hulled vessels are wellknown for their quality,
Meyer Werft of Papenburg, Germany, recently delivered the 15,000- cubic-meter LPG/ammonia carrier Skulte to AKP "Sovcomflot," Moscow. The 518-foot-long by 70-footbeam newbuilding, named after a place in the Gulf of Riga, is the fourth ship in a series of six gas carriers for the USSR.
The following special section features the latest U.S. Navy contract awards for shipbuilding, ship repair, ship conversion, shipboard electronics, communications and weapons. This special section covers contracts awarded between January 29 and March 22,1988.
The second ship in the new Wasp Class (LHD-1) of multipurpose amphibious assault ships for the U.S. Navy was recently christened "Essex" at Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Litton in Pascagoula, Miss. The principal speaker at the ceremony was Secretary of Defense Richard Cheney.
Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen AG (ZF) of Friedrichshafen, West Germany, is offering an attractive color brochure on ZF marine gearboxes. Titled "ZF Marine Transmission Systems," the 16-page publication is arranged in seven doublepage sections.
The following special section covers the major U.S. Navy contract awards received between the dates of July 31 through September 18 of this year. For coverage of Navy contract awards prior to these dates refer to Maritime Reporter, September 1987 issue,
The Gdynia America Line, Inc., general agents for Centromor, has announced the publication of a new brochure describing the facilities and capabilities of the United Polish Shipyards (UPS). UPS in Gdansk, Poland, is the general managing institution