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AmClyde Proves An Ally In The Search For Offshore Oil

AmClyde Engineered Products Inc. is best known as the designer/builder of the world's largest offshore marine cranes. AmClyde also enjoys a strong and growing reputation for mooring systems designed for the offshore industry. The company's heritage combines American Hoist and Derrick Company and Clyde Iron, two century-old companies with traditions in the offshore heavy lifting and mooring/ winch markets. AmClyde has delivered 34 of the 44 super marine cranes (more than 1,000- ton capacity) in existence, for a world market share of more than 75 percent.

AmClyde is unique in that it has concurrently developed both rotary winch and proprietary linear winch technology, plus a full range of ancillary support equipment. This includes chain stoppers, chain jacks, patented bending shoe fairleads for either chain or wire rope, rotary fairleads and capstans. The company recently acquired mooring windlass and traction winch technology as well as intellectual property from John T. Hepburn, Ltd., and now is able to fully service that line of equipment. AmClyde is working together with MODEC and Sea Engineering in developing and marketing MOSES, a minimum surface equipment TLP (Tension Leg Platform) designed for 50 million barrel fields in deep water. In a related area, AmClyde has developed a proprietary Turret Bearing System for FPSOs (Floating Production Storage and Offload vessels) and is in the final phase of delivering a system to a customer in S.E. Asia.

AmClyde's OCECO of New Orleans is the manufacturer of the Unit Mariner line of platform pedestal cranes which are sold and serviced around the world. AmClyde employs a force of more than 220 professionals, reportedly including the largest group of crane and winch designers in this industry in the world. Engineering excellence is a constant goal of the company, and this has resulted in a total of seven Minnesota and National Societies of Professional Engineers Outstanding Achievement Awards over the past eight years. For more information on AmClyde Circle 155 on Reader Service Card

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