Halter Marine, Inc., the marine vessel division of Friede Goldman Halter, Inc., christened and launched M/V Delta Mariner, designed and built for Foss Maritime Company
on behalf of The Boeing Company. The event took place at the Halter Moss Point shipyard on the Escatawpa River. The ship will transport Boeing-built Delta IV rocket boosters from Decatur, Ala. to Cape Canaveral, Fla. and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, for participation in the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program. Because of its fillable ballast tanks, Delta Mariner can sail both on inland waterways and the open sea.