Thor Bakke has been appointed president of Hempel Coatings (USA), Inc., as part of Hempel's ongoing program to consolidate and strengthen their U.S. and Canadian operations. Mr. Bakke is a native of Norway, receiving his degree in mechanical engineering
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,
Astilleros Espanoles, S.A. recently held a special stockholders' meeting in the Assembly Room of the Spanish Industry Institute (I.N.I.), Madrid, to authorize the board-of directors to increase the capital stock of the company by 50 percent during the next few years.