Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on January 4, 1959 · Page 70
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 70

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, January 4, 1959
Page 70
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20--PARADE OF PROGRESS Indep«ndent-Pre$$-Teltgf«m u-t §-*,t*f, *·., 2,400-TON WORK-HORSE ; o °.V.Shown is Utah Construction Co.'s giant dredge "Franciscan" which will be oi 2ov llse d by the company to pump up fill for construction of new Ixing Beach Har... ,4or piers and for deepening the entrance channel and various harbor areas. ,; The 2,400-ton marine work-horse is one of the world's most powerful construction tools. Dredging Giant Will Be Used in Deepening Harbor Channels Plans for construction of $1,000,000 bulk grain of half a million ity at the Port of Long Beach, of were announced recently by Charles L. Vickers, port general manager, and Irving Koppel, president of the elevator- operating concern. The p r o j e c t , unmatched grains among Pacific ports in. its capacity to both load and unload vice vessels for export or import bulk grains, will be constructed intake by the Harbor Department at Berth 17, Pier B, for operation under a 30-year contract by dumped Koppel Bulk Terminals, a local coi concern organized for the purpose. Ground-breaking for the terminal is expected to take place next March, with completion t set for January, 1960. Between now and then, Koppel said, plans and designs will be perfected in consultation with grain people and others. A new workhorse of the sea wll appear in Long Beach har bor soon and with her arrival new dimension will be added to the city's great port facilities. She is the giant dredge "Franciscan," equivalent in size to a modern Navy destroyer operated by Utah Dredging Co and to be used in the current program of channel and harbor improvements. Utah Dredging Co., a subsidiary of the world-wide Utah Construction Co., has been awarded a 52,600,000 contrac' for f the project which will en- tall', deepening the entrance channel and harbor areas to 52 feet and utilizing the dredged tion projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, a 600-acre ad- a dition to the Metropolitan Oakland International Airport and a 400-acre fill in Alameda for Utah's own residential and commercial development there More ihan 23,000,000 cubic yards of sand were pumped from the bay bottom in jusl over two years for these projects. mijerial for filling in the sites ofjiwo new piers to be built oufiinto the harbor. AN ESTIMATED 6,500,000 cubic yards of material will be dredged for the project which is '.'expected to take- about a yefir for completion. One of · the world's most powerful construction tools, the "Franciscan" dredge recently completed two major reclama- DISPLACING some 2400 tons, the marine giant was com\ pleted in 1955. She is 207 feet in length with a 42-foot beam and is 12 feet deep. Extending forward from her bow is a 98- foot, 265-ton ladder with an 18- ton, nine-foot-diameter cutter head, the digging tool which operates to depth of 67 feet. Bottom material is slashed )y the cutter, then lifted by a 36-inch suction pump powered )y an 8,000-horsepower motor, "orced through a 30-inch discharge and carried by pipeline .0 its new resting place. Mounted on the stern of the 'Franciscan" are two giant :teel spuds, each weighing 45 :ons. 80 feet long and 42 inches in diameter, which by alternate raising and lowering literally walk the ship about in its borrow area. * · * · POWER FOR the dredge Is supplied from a 12,000-volt sub marine cable and on-shore facilities. In addition to the "Franciscan" Utah Dredging Co. also operates the' recently completed "Alameda," a sister-ship which gives the international construction firm the mos modern and powerful dredging fleet in the world. Equipped with generating equipment powerful enough to supply the electrical needs of a community of 22,000 ' persons the "Alameda" at 2800 tons is slightly larger than the "Franciscan." Now undergoing an operations test on San Francisco Bay, she too will soon be available for reclamation and dredging projects anywhere on the jlobe - joining Utah Construction Co. builders already at work on land and sea on five continents. NEW LA HARBOR WHARF Ben C. Gerwick Co. is building a wharf for the Los Angeles Harbor Dept. at Berths 45-47. Located in the outer harbor at San Pedro, the wharf will be of pre-tensional and pre-stressed concrete pilings over which will be a concrete deck. The local work by the company is under the direction of K. D. Slyvester with offices at 2050 Wilmington-San Pedro Rd. Gerwick has done much other work iq Los Angeles Harbor. Big Grain Elevator to Boost Shipping a eility, estimated to store 15,OCX elevator tons of grain at a time, will bushels capac- occupy about 30,000 square feel pier space on B. Estimated tonnage to be handled the first year is 200,000 tons, increasing to 300,000 by the end of the second year of operation. Ship-unloading of the various for elevator storage will be handled by means of a de- known as an "Air-veyor.' tilizing suction, the Airweyor is extended down into the vessel's hold, the grain is drawn up to the head house am on a horizontal bell mveyor which runs across the top of the elevator. THERE WILL BE 12 hopper- bottom silos, standing 60 feet high, and each 24 feet in diameter. Topping the silos will be a lOO-ft.-high head house, enclosing the operating controls and mechanisms of the elevator. There will also be an office building adjacent to the structure. The facility will be of an expandable type, with later extension in the direction of Berth 18 as business requires, Koppel stated. The entire fa- FOR THE REVERSE move ment of grain, screw conveyors :o lift grain from the silo bins to the horizontal belt also are controlled from the panel. The elevator mil be for service of all grain firms, not just one individual grain firm as is the case in most ports, Koppc said. With copra cake in demanc by the dairy industry in this area the company expects to handle 40,000 tons of this yearly. Grain exports from as far inland as Kansas, Iowa and II linois are expected to flow through the facilities. Port officials said the new terminal should bring new ship ping lines into Long Beach for loading and unloading bulk cargo. NEW TYPE OF FACILITY Construction will start soon on a new grain elevator on Pier B of Long Beach Harbor. An artist's conception of the new type facility is shown here. It will be operated by the Koppel Bulk Terminals. Engineers Go to School Again to Learn to Write its Har- Kngineers are going back to 1957. school--to learn how to write. In the same classes are technicians, c h e m i s t s , physicist and a sprinkling of accountan' and other business personnel. Many return to school upon urging of their employers others because they have read .he m a n y newspaper help- vanted advertisements for well- paid technical writers and edi- :ors. . Long Beach City College is one of the few public education nstitutions to offer a course .echnical writing. Classes are a part of the daily and evening schedule at the Business Technology Division c a m p u s , 1305 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. The course has been included in the City College catalogue for five rears. It has been in good demand only since the spring Day classes meet for one hour three times a week. The Thurs- its day evening class, taught by irvey Johnson of Douglas Aircraft Co.'s publications department, meets three hours weekly. Mrs. Mabel C. Weaks teaches the day classes as well as others in publications. Reliable estimates made after a nation-wide study by Theta Sigma Phi, professional journalism fraternity for women, show a present need of 50,000 to 100,in 000 technical writers in business arid industry. Theta Sigma Phi's national education and profes- and sional. development committee, of which Mrs. Weaks is a member, is devoting this year to further study of ways to urge colleges and universities to Include . technical writing and is of editing in their curricula. MASS OF ENGINEERING HERE This aerial photograph taken from the harbor looking north shows a marvel of engineering accomplishments. The land in the foreground, Pier A, is a huge section of the harbor all man-made. Dotted on it are oil wells, pumping stations and varied harbor installations. The Los Angeles River, emptying into the Pacific, is in reality a flood control channel, well harnessed by engineering. Crossing the river may be seen six bridges, each an engineering accomplishment. Some 'of the spans are in the process of construction and will feed traffic from the Long Beach Freeway into the downtown section. Arrests Up, Car Deaths Down Since Police Radar Is in Use By FRED BOLINOER A 32.6 per cent reduction in fatal traffic deaths is- shown after 15 months of radar car operation, in Long Beach. The first radar car was put nto use by the Police Department, July 8, 1957. An automatic recording device clocks the speed of passing cars. Those which exceed the speed limit are flagged down by motorcycle officers who work with the radar unit. * * * * SINCE ' THAT DATE, total traffic citations issued have increased largely due to the radar cars, according to Capt. William E. Kummer, head of the Traffic Bureau. Odd Fellows to Meet Here Largest convention booked for Long Beach this year will be the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Grand Lodge, of California, and the Hebeicah Assembly of California. The joint affair will be held May 17 through May 22 and expected to attract 3,200 visitors to the city. KOPPEL BROS., INC. Weighers -- Samplers -- Inspectors Marine Surveyors -- Vegetable Oils LOS ANGELES-LONG BEACH HARBORS TErminal 4-4501 1 1 7 E. "B" St., Wilmington Serving PHILIPPINES · HONG KONG JAPAN · OKINAWA · KOREA · FORMOSA CHINA · GUAM · THAILAND · VIET NAM Frequent scheduled sailings, dry-cargo, refrigeration, deep tanks. Modern passenger accommodations. Total number of citations was '2,660 for the period of July 8, 1957, through Nov. 1, ^958, compared to 63,917 for the prior 15-month period. However, Capt. K u m m e r pointed out that in recent months radar citations have decreased, which shows that motorists are redticing their speed for fear of being cited. This is bringing the total radar citations down. HE CITED AS EXAMPLES, August 1957, when 5088 citations were issued during the first full month of radar, against 4571 issued last August. Also, in September 1957, there were 5244 citations, compared to 4067 last September. Radar citations alone ran as high as 1700 a month soon after the two radar cars were put into operation. Now they have dropped to about 1000 a month. does make a difference Where you Save Equitable Savings Loan A Good Place to Save See Us About Saving for a Purpose or A Loan on Your Home Come In and Get Acquainted With Our Save by Mail Plan Parking Privileges at All Park and Shop Parks See Us At The Time and Temperature Corner Fourth at American Telephone HE 7-OW LONG BEACH-ReceivinjTeirninal; Pier A, Berth 5 · LOS ANGELES: 612 South flower St. · HOME OFFICE: 315 California St., San Francisco

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