Delta SS Awards Contract To Equitable For 50 LASH Barges

Equitable Equipment Company, Inc. was recently awa-rded a second contract to construct an additional 50 LASH barges for Delta Steamship Lines, Inc. The barges will be built at Equitable's New Orleans, La., shipyard.

Equitable Equipment Company is the world's largest builder of LASH and SEABEE barges. Equitable currently has a backlog of 730 LASH barges valued in excess of $35 millioij.

Cecil M. Keeney, president and chief executive officer of Equitable, stated that "this contract from Delta assures continued long-range and increased employment at our shipbuilding facilities. Additionally, we are delighted with the opportunity we have of providing longterm and high-paying employment for our employees at New Orleans and Madisonville." Equitable Equipment Company, Inc., builds various types of offshore support vessels, oceangoing tugs, tugs for harbor and inland waterways operations, self-propelled drilling ships, pipelaying barges, general purpose barges, and other marine equipment for the maritime and petroleum industries worldwide.

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