SNAME Players Perform At Pacific Northwest Section's 27th Annual Fall Meeting

The 27th annual fall meeting of the Pacific Northwest Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers was held recently at the Harrison Hot Springs Hotel.

The technical session featured "North to Tuktoyatuk," a panel discussion and audiovisual presentation on the design, construction and delivery voyage of the tugs and barges for Northern Transportation Ltd. for service on the McKenzie River in Canada's Arctic. The panel, moderated by Les Coward, included L.

Montpetit, Northern Transportation Ltd.; C.G.

Tait, Arctic Transportation Ltd.; A. McLaren, Allied Shipbuilders Ltd.; V. Gadsby, Vancouver Shipyards Ltd.; D. Hengeveld and R.

Allan, R. Allan N.A. Ltd.

Mr. Montpetit Outlined the reason for Northern Transportation's requirements for a fleet of four 4,500-hp tugs, twenty 250-foot river barges, and four thruster barges for operation, brought about by increased activity in oil exploration in the McKenzie Valley Delta in Canada's Arctic region. Robert Allan, naval architect, briefly summarized the design problems encountered in developing acceptable propulsive efficiency in tugs operating in a very shallow draft condition. Shipbuilders Vic Gadsby, Arthur McLaren and D. Hengeveld explained the logistics problems encountered in building and delivering this fleet of vessels within the six months that were available for this massive project. Capt. George Tait narrated a slide presentation of the 3,700-mile delivery voyage from Vancouver to Tuktoyatuk The technical session was followed by a marine curling bonspiel in the afternoon and the traditional closing dinner-dance that evening.

Opening up the social events was a buffetcabaret the previous evening, which featured a satirical revue about the design of the ark, entitled "No No, Noah, That's a No No!" and starred the SNAME players.

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