New Exxon Tanker
Christened on W. CoastSAN DIEGO, Calif. - A christening ceremony was held at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO) for the Exxon Valdez, first of two 209,000- deadweight-ton tankers being constructed for Exxon Shipping Co.
Sponsor of the vessel was Margaret L.A. MacVicar, professor of education and physical science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also on the board of directors of the Exxon Corp.
The NASSCO-designed Alaska-class tankers are the largest ships ever to be built on the West Coast. Each is 987 feet in length and 166 feet wide. Delivery of the Exxon Valdez is scheduled for Nov. 5.
Iraqi Missile Cripples
BAGHDAD, Iraq - An Iraqi missile crippled the Cypriot-flag tanker Angel as it was sailing to Iran's Kharg Island oil terminal, marine salvage executives said.
The attack on the Korean-manned tanker took place Wednesday evening, said the executives, who asked not to be identified.
"A fire was ignited, but the crew managed to extinguish it within 90 minutes," a Bahrain-based official said. None of the crew was injured, he said. The salvage executives said the Angel was about 60 miles from Kharg when the missile rammed into its port side, two yards above the water line.
Iraqi warplanes have been mainly using the French-built Exocet, a heat- seeking water-skimming missile, in their attacks on tankers plying Iranian shipping lanes.
The Angel was unable to continue to Kharg to load and was told to turn round and head for the makeshift Iranian terminal at Larak in the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz, the executives said.
The tanker was part of the fleet commissioned by Iran to ferry crude oil
from Kharg to the safer, makeshift terminals south of the Iraq-Iran war zone.
Boosts Dutch Presence
OSLO, Norway - Norway's largest small shipowner, Paal Wilson & Co. A/S of Bergen, has established itself in the Netherlands. The company's new Dutch subsidiary, Amstelstrand B.V., has acquired a 25 percent share in two new 3,700-tonners built at Dutch shipyards. Both vessels have secured long-term charters.
The first of the two ships, Pluto, was delivered by E.J. Smit & Zoon in Groningen last week. The second, Jumbo, will be delivered by Bodewes' Scheepswerven in February. The vessels cost $4.5 million each, but Dutch government subsidies reduced the total outlay to about $3.7 million a ship.
Moerman B.V. of Rotterdam controls the other 75 percent share.
Both ships will enter service in Paal Wilson's Norway-Rhin Line. The company owns 18 Norwegian-registered small vessels that trade in Europe, as well as 19 under foreign flag. There are no plans to transfer the 18 Norwegian vessels to foreign flag despite the trend to foreign registry so prevalent in Norwegian shipping today.