Paper On Drydock Designs Presented At San Diego Meeting
The San Diego Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers held its September meeting at Caesar's Mission Valley, San Diego, Calif.
Hans A. Hofmann, sales manager for MacGregor - Comarain, Inc., presented an excellent paper entitled "Dry Docking — An Evolution." The paper covered the various designs of drydocks currently used in the industry and the advantages of the single-piece floating drydock over the multi-section dock. The problems of drydocking ships in older multi-section drydocks was reviewed in depth. It was also noted that the U.S. Navy, prompted by some recent accidents in drydocking, is currently developing a procedure to certify Naval and commercial floating drydocks that are currently docking Navy ships. A question and discussion period for the 54 members and guests in attendance concluded the meeting. Officers and guests shown at the SNAME San Diego Section, September meeting are, left to right: Robert J. Anders, secretary- treasurer; Larry A. Russon, papers chairman; Ross L. Haith, co-author of paper; Hans A. Hofmann, featured speaker and coauthor of paper; Ralph J. Bradford, chairman, and William F.
Gordon, vice chairman.