Bragging rights for the title of most prolific cruise ship builder has lately centered on Italy and Finland, Fincantieri and Kvaerner Masa Yards to be exact. While the Italian contingency has pulled ahead of late, the Finnish shipyard located in
Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Sparrows Point shipyard near Baltimore recently christened and delivered its second reconstructed maritime prepositioning ship. The RO/ R0 vessel was named the Pfc. James Anderson Jr. in honor of the Vietnam war hero
The icebreaker Otso (shown), ordered in March 1984 by the Finnish Board of Navigation, was delivered recently by Wartsila's Helsinki Shipyard. She is the first of two technologically advanced icebreakers of a new type. The second vessel was ordered
Wiley Manufacturing, Port Deposit, Md., has completed and delivered to its new owners a passenger and automobile ferryboat, Surry, that will operate on the James River between Glasshouse Point and Scotland, Va. Designed by Coast Engineering Company of Norfolk, Va.
Croatian-based shipyard, 3.MAJ Brodogradiliste, delivered the first of a contracted four-part tanker series this past August. Named M/T Margara, the 71,345-tdw oil tanker was constructed for Monte Carlo based owners subsidiary Doria Shipping Co., registered in Valetta, Malta.
The solid rocket booster recovery vessel Independence, built by Halter Marine, Inc. of Moss Point, Miss., was delivered recently to the Lockheed Space and Operations Company, for whom the vessel was built under a contract from Lockheed Shipbuilding.
Italcantieri's Castellamare di Stabia shipyard recently launched the 49,000-dwt bulk carrier Serafina F., one of four sister ships Italcantieri is building for the Ferruzzi Group-Ravenna. Two are building at Castellamare and two at the Genova-Sestri yard.
Cunard Line celebrated a milestone when a prefabricated section of the keel was lowered into the building dock of Queen Mary 2. The new $800-million Cunard flagship will enter service in January 2004 and will be the largest, longest, tallest and most expensive passenger ship ever built.
Bel-Aire Shipyard Ltd. of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has received a $20- million contract from Atunera Coinseco S.P.A. de C.V. of Mexico City, Mexico, to build two tuna seiners. The vessels are Canadiandesigned by naval a r c h i t e c ts Cleaver & Walkingshaw Ltd.
Pascagoula, Miss., shipyard of Sea Fab, Inc., is building two oil skimmers for the California cooperative Clean Coastal Waters, Inc. of Long Beach Scheduled for a July 1992 delivery, the 100-foot skimmers were designed by Grant & Grant Enterprises of Wilmington, Calif.