Halter Marine has answered the call from the Venezuelan Navy for a variety of patrol boats. The company recently delivered four 80 ft. (24.3 m) boats to the country's government, which completes the contract for the design and construction of 12 total vessels in this size range.
A new 95-foot oceangoing tug, the Selat Siberut, built by Equitable Shipyards, Inc. of New Orleans, La., recently was loaded aboard the cargo ship Louise Lykes. The tug was built by Equitable Shipyards for the Government of Indonesia, and will be offloaded by the Lykes ship at Singapore,
New oceangoing ships in the American merchant marine fleet, now almost entirely steam driven, will likely be powered by diesel engines, according to experts at a marine technical symposium sponsored by Mobil Oil Corporation in New York. Shipowners were told of a recent study made for the U.