The De Laval Separator Company has established a Marine/ Offshore Sales Department to provide increased service to this rapidly growing segment of the company's markets. Robert J. Wimmer has been named national sales manager for the new department.
The largest tugboat ever built in the United States to run on heavy fuel oil was completed and christened recently at McDermott Shipyards' Morgan City Division in Bayou Boeff, La. The 140-foot, twin-screw Valiant (shown above) was built for Houston-based Bulkfleet Marine Corporation.
A key East Coast shipping executive, long active in U.S. maritime affairs, has been elected chairman of the board of the American Institute of Merchant Shipping (AIMS) for the next 12 months. He is Fred S. Sherman, chairman of the board, Marine Transport Lines, Inc.
—Free Brochure Available Alexander Industries, Inc. of New Orleans and Houston, a specialist in supplying the marine and offshore industries, has been appointed Gulf Coast agent for Clow/Greenberg bronze marine valves and fittings. According to Alexander vice president Jim Bishop,
The Heerema Group, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, which is involved worldwide in the design, fabrication, and installation of offshore structures and pipeline systems, recently announced the acquisition of Big Inch Marine Systems Inc. of Houston, Texas.
Shell U.K. Exploration and Production has contracted with Bardex Corporation, through its London office, for the rig-skidding system on the Shell Tern platform in the North Sea. The system will consist of a control console and four hydraulic gripper jacks.
—Literature Available Grow Group, Inc. has acquired the Napko Protective Coatings Division of the O'Brien Corporation, according to an announcement by Russell Banks, president and chief executive officer of Grow Group. Napko Corporation, with headquarters in Houston,
Donahue, Inc. Advertising & Public Relations has expanded its professional staff with the addition of Laurence F. Daspit, who will represent the firm in Houston and throughout the Southwest. The announcement of this appointment was made by James C.
Tideland Signal Corporation of Houston, Texas, manufacturer of high quality navigational aids and solar electric generators, has published a 30-page, full-color brochure on the company's products, and on the many projects around the world for which it has supplied equipment.