Blount-Barker Shipbuilding Corporation was recently formed and James A. Barker has been named the President and CEO. Blount-Barker, based in Warren, R.I., specializes in the design and shipbuilding of tugboats, cruise ships, high-speed ferries and dinner and passenger vessels.
The Pacific Northwest Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers held its annual student meeting recently. The turnout for students was very good, ranging from high schools in the Seattle area to colleges from British Columbia to Oregon.
A $121-million contract for the construction of the first Gulfspanclass ferry for service between Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, and North Sydney, Nova Scotia, was signed recently by the presidents of CN Marine and Davie Shipbuilding of Lauzon, Quebec, Canada.
The 333-passenger ferry W.L. Callahan was recently delivered by Hydraulic Fishing Supply, Inc., Anacortes, Wash., to the State of Washington. The vessel was designed, built and delivered in a specified contract period of 168 days. Naval architects
Morris Guralnick Associates, Inc. (MGA) has been named by the State of Alaska as the recip- ient of a study contract for the planned replacement of the Tustumena in the Alaska Ferry fleet, it was announced recently by Hugh F. Munroe, president