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MSC Awards $15.6-Million Contract

For U.S.-Flag ITB Charter

The Military Sealift Command (MSC), Washington, D.C., recently awarded a $15.6-million firm-fixed- price plus reimbursables contract (including options) to Puget Sound

Tug & Barge, Seattle, Wash., for the charter of the Tug Seneca/Barge 255, a U.S.-flag Integrated Tug/

Barge (ITB) combination ship.

The Trinity Marine Group, re- portedly the largest builder of small ships in the U.S., has entered the megayacht field with the establish- ment of Trinity Yachts, Inc. and the start of construction of the 97-foot, all-aluminum motor yacht Leda, de- signed by MPS-Gilgenast. It will be the first American-built yacht by the German designer.

Trinity Yachts Inc. occupies sepa- rate, dedicated facilities at Trinity's

Equitable Shipyards facility in New

Orleans, La.

In making the announcement,

John Dane III, president of the shipbuilding group, said: "Me- gayachts are a natural progression for us because we have the experi- ence, resources, quality workman- ship, and production capacity to lead this segment of marine con- struction, just as we lead other as- pects of the industry. There is a strong demand for U.S. yachts built to international regulatory stan- dards with the quality of Northern

European shipyards. We are proud to have been selected to build Gil- genast's first American yacht."

Mr. Dane said while some are just beginning to try to build to

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and U.S. Coast Guard stan- dards, nearly all of the larger vessels built by Trinity meet or exceed those and other regulatory stan- dards including Lloyd's and Det norske Veritas.

He said Trinity shipyards were pioneers in the design and construc- tion of high-speed aluminum crew boats, military patrol boats, surface effect ships, and innovative propul- sion systems including turbine/ water jets. He added that Trinity is also building ocean surveillance ships for the U.S. Navy whose die- sel-electric and other systems rank these ships among the quietest in the Navy.

The new trans-Atlantic yacht, which will be owned by an East

Coast yachtsman, will feature ele- gant styling and an easily driven hull form with a semi-displacement shape for seakeeping ability. She will have an overall length of 97 feet, molded beam of 23 feet and draft of 4 feet 7 inches.

Cruising speed at half load is expected to be 22.5 knots and the yacht will be built to American Bu- reau of Shipping standards and cer- tified ABS, Maltese Cross A-l. AMS

Circle E yacht service.

The new yacht will be powered by two MTU 8V-396-TB93 diesel en- gines developing a total of 2,574 bhp through ZF BW255 reverse/reduc- tion gears. Stainless steel Aquamet 22 propeller shafts will turn highly skewed, four-bladed propellers to reduce cavitation and vibration.

Propellers and shafts will be lo- cated in tunnels which enabled

MPS-Gilgenast to reduce the pro- peller shaft angle as well as the boat's draft. This propeller shaft arrangement also enables the engine room to be placed aft of the accom- modations for better accessibility and reduction of noise and vibration while still using a straight drive arrangement.

For free literature giving com- plete information on the facilities and capabilities of Trinity Marine


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Examples Of Application

For JDN-Hoists Offered

In 12-Page Color Brochure

J.D. Neuhaus has published a 12- page full-color brochure titled "Ex- amples of Application for JDN-

Hoists." The publication uses cap- tioned photographs to illustrate how technical conveyance problem situa- tions can be solved with JDN- hoists.

Included are examples of applica- tion of JDN-hoists in such areas as mining; ships, docks, offshore, in- cluding mounting of machines, lift- ing of cylinder heads, changing of engine parts, transportation of hatch covers, etc.

A list of special features of JDN-

Hoists is included.

For more information and a free copy of the 12-page full-color bro- chure from J.D. Neuhaus,

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Marine Systems, Inc. has been appointed an Authorized EMD

Service Center. Our highly experienced technicians are factory trained to meet all your diesel engine needs. We have 24-hour parts and repair capabilities that extend from routine maintenance to complete overhauls, including block welding and machining repairs. Over the past 23 years, we have earned a reputation for excellence in marine diesel engine repair.

So call us anytime for quality service on quality engines.

Marine Systems, Inc., your Authorized EMD Service Center.

MSI specializes in full-service diesel engine and reduction gear repair and parts for:

Tow Boats • Tug Boats • Supply Boats • Dredges • Military


Quality Performance With Pride.

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Bill Dotson or Scott Mangan, Chesapeake,VA (804) 543-3000

Marine Systems of Virginia, Inc.

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Many years experience working with owners and builders of displacement - type craft and dynamically supported vessels. Lightest weights with lowest fireloads are our specialty.

Furnishings, fabrics, foam, carpeting and more. We have

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Artist's conception of the 97-foot-long motor yacht Leda. Her 4-foot 7-inch molded draft will permit the yacht to visit areas usually inaccessible to vessels this size.

Trinity Marine Group Enters

Megayacht Construction With

Establishment Of Trinity Yachts, Inc. 10 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News

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