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Two Cruise Lines
For $100 Million
In accordance with plans to be- come a major force in the passenger cruise industry, Pacquet Cruises re- cently announced the acquisition of
Ocean Cruise Line and Pearl
Cruises from The 2000 Corporation,
Price for the sale, according to reports, was close to $100 million.
The Paris-based publicly held firm of Chargeurs SA, with assets close to $2 billion, owns 50 percent of Pacquet, with the other 50 per- cent being owned by Accor, the hotel firm with 850 properties worldwide, including the Novotel and Sofitel chains.
Under terms of the transaction,
Pacquet obtains the 3,750-gross- ton, 276-passenger Ocean Islander, the 8,469-ton, 550-passenger Ocean
Princess and the 12,475-ton, 725- passenger Ocean Pearl.
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Chevron To Invest $380 Million In Gulf
Of Mexico Exploration
A spokesman for Chevron USA has said that the company plans to spend $380 million this year—five percent more than last year—on oil and gas activity in the Gulf of Mexi- co.
According to Claude Fiddler, the general manager of production, that amount will probably grow again in the near future because, in the search for new reserves, Chev- ron is planning on executing some of its drilling efforts in some of the deeper parts of the Gulf, including the Green Canyon.
Mr. Fiddler also noted that
Chevron will be drilling, mostly for natural gas, in as much as 2,600 feet of water next year, and that the company is already searching the market for the large semi-submersi- ble rigs necessary to complete the job.
Two Ships From MarAd
Edison, N.J.-based Sea-Land Ser- vice Inc., has purchased two LASH vessels from the U.S. Maritime Ad- ministration, at a total cost of $16.2 million.
Officials at Sea-Land have said that the purchase will allow the company to double its service to
Sea-Land has also expressed an interest in using the two 893-foot vessels to increase service across the
Pacific. However, it has not been decided whether Sea-Land will inte- grate the ships into existing services or create a new Pacific service.
The company plans to have the vessels converted and has put the job out to bids. Following conver- sion the ships will have a 1,650-
TEU capacity and should be able to attain a service speed of 22 Vi knots.
Wyle Laboratories Names
Navid General Manager,
El Segundo Operations
Dr. Mehdi Navid has been pro- moted to the post of general man- ager, El Segundo Operations of
Wyle Laboratories' Scientific Ser- vices & Systems Group. The an- nouncement was made by C. D.
Yiakas, group vice president—
Western Test Operations.
In his new position, Dr. Navid will be responsible for all engineer- ing and testing operations in El Seg- undo. He reports directly to Mr.
Yiakas. Dr. Navid succeeds Mr.
Fred Ichinaga, who recently retir- ed.
Wyle Laboratories is a major sup- plier of research, engineering and testing services to the aerospace, de- fense and energy industries. The company is also one of the nation's leading marketers of high-technolo- gy electronic components and com- puter systems. 8 Maritime Reporter/Engineering News