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.
Levingston Shipbuilding Company of Orange, Texas, recently laid the keel for the first of two Levingston-designed jackup drilling rigs to be built for Noble Drilling Company of Ardmore, Okla. The first rig will be named the Ed Holt; the second rig has not been named.
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.
Largest Vessel Delivered To Date By Washington Yard The 232-foot, 1,600-passenger M/V Star of Honolulu, the largest, heaviest vessel ever built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, was recently delivered by the firm's Whidbey Island, Wash., yard to operator, Paradise Cruise Ltd.
The majority of steam-driven ships now in service were built in an era of low fuel oil prices, with their steam plants designed at or near maximum performance ratings. In those bygone days, operating a ship at lower horsepower was not a practical consideration.
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.