Equitable Lays Keel For First Of Three Breakbulk Vessels For American Atlantic Shipping

Keel-laying ceremonies for the first 2,000- dwt breakbulk vessel in a series of three vessels for American Atlantic Shipping, Inc., was held recently by Equitable Shipyards, Inc. at its Madisonville La., shipyard. The principals attending the keel-laying ceremonies were Paul Hancock, vice president, American Atlantic Shipping, Inc.; A.P.

Chester, chairman of the board and president, American Atlantic Shipping, Inc.; Richard Blum, Maritime Administration Construction Representative; Norman Hodge, plant manager, Equitable Shipyards, Inc., Madisonville; C.M. Keeney, president and chief executive officer of Equitable Shipyards, Inc.; J.F. Williams, vice presidentsales, Equitable, and Bruce Carroll, contract administrator, Equitable.

Equitable was awarded the contract on May 6, 1977, by American Atlantic Shipping, Inc. to construct three identical 2,000-dwt breakbulk vessels under Maritime Subsidy Board U.S. Department of Commerce Contract MA/MSB-399, MA Design Cl-M-122a.

Equitable is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trinity Industries, Inc., a Dallas, Texasbased manufacturer of industrial, marine and structural metal products. The Equitable shipyards are the world's largest builder of lighter aboard ship (LASH) and SEABEE barges, and builds tugboats, crewboats, towboats, supply vessels, and other floating marine equipment for the offshore oil industry.

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