Two of Europe's important and w e l l - k n o w n repair yards have merged recently. Mercantile Marine Engineering and Graving Docks Company N.V., and Beliard Murdoch S.A., both of Antwerp, have consolidated into one company. Mercantile-Beliard
As part of the drift of heavy industrial activity from Europe to the Far East, production of two-stroke diesel propulsion machinery has become the province of the leading national players in newbuild construction. However, close to the northern tip of Jutland,
Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, recently received a sizable order for large-bore marine hose for unloading crude oil, from Fluor Ocean Services, Inc., Houston, Texas, who is the contractor for the project of the Louisiana O f f s h o r e Oil Port (LOOP).
The Maritime Administration has released a technical report, "Marine Bunker Fuels-Analysis and Forecast of Price and Availability," which forecasts the possible prices and availability of two major bunker fuels — No. 2 marine diesel and high sulfur residual fuels.