M a r i t i m e Overseas A w a r d s Contract To A i r f i l co Engineering

Airfilco Engineering, Inc. of New Orleans, La., has recently been awarded the contract to furnish four Airfilco Inert Gas Systems for the Maritime Overseas Corp. tankers under construction at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, Calif. This is the third such contract for Airfilco Engineering, Inc., the first being four Airfilco Inert Gas Systems furnished for the SOHIO tankers under construction at Avondale Shipyards of New Orleans, followed by the two Exxon tankers also under construction at Avondale.

Two additional Airfilco Systems are under contract for vessels under construction at Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co. of Chester, Pa. These will be of design and fabrication of Airfilco Marine Installations, Newbury, England, the U.K. affiliate of Airfilco Engineering, Inc.

Increased interest in regard to inert gas systems seen at Airfilco in recent months tends to confirm an independent report of some months ago forecasting that 65 percent of the world tanker fleet will be retrofitted with inert gas systems over the next five years. Also, the Safe Tanker Priority Act S.568, which has been introduced by Congressman Hollins of South Carolina, would require inert gas systems 011 all tankers offloading any oil in any U.S. port.

Only vessels fitted with inert gas systems can take advantage of crude oil tank washing which uses crude oil in lieu of water or other cleaning solutions and inplace cleaning equipment. This process produces less likelihood of oil spillage because there is no water from the cleaning process to be discharged overboard.

For complete details of all regulations and more technical information, contact Rita Curtis, Airfilco Engineering, Inc., 1901 Julia Street, New Orleans, La. 70113.

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