April 23, 1997 |
In Pennsylvania, Metro Machine, the ship-repair company, is asking the state for a break in repaying $15.5 million in public loans. But in Florida, where Metro Machine wants to expand, it has assured officials the company has no financial problems at all. What gives? According to Lynn Lawson, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the company facing a money crunch is Metro Machine of Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of Metro Machine of Norfolk, Va. The subsidiary has asked the state to allow it to postpone repayment of its loan for 20 months.
January 13, 1994 |
The company is from Norfolk, Va., but the work will be done here, and Mayor Barbara Bohannan-Sheppard is demanding assurances from Metro Machine Corp. that city residents will get a substantial portion of the jobs involved in the repair of three Navy supply ships. At a City Council caucus meeting yesterday, Bohannan-Sheppard told William Lincke, the city's economic development counsel, that before she signs papers giving $5.5 million to help Metro Machine set up ship-repair operations on a 60-acre site in Chester, she wants direct talks with company officials about their plans for hiring city residents.
June 24, 2012 |
Roy Oswalt left his first start for the Texas Rangers in a huff Friday night, even though an adoring crowd in Arlington was giving him an ovation. He wasn't angry that he was removed with two outs in the seventh inning - he was furious about having Colorado's Marco Scutaro down 0-2 in the count and gave up a single. "I was mad because I threw an 0-2 pitch down the middle," Oswalt said after the 4-1 Texas win. "I hate giving up 0-2 hits. But I always pound the strike zone.
October 25, 1995 |
Philadelphia Naval Shipyard workers still looking for jobs could find some temporary solace with Metro Machine Corp. Metro of Norfolk, Va., wants to hire 250 people for four months to help repair naval ships. One of the ships, the USS Seattle, is scheduled to dock at the shipyard Nov. 18. It will be the first ship repair work to come to the yard since it closed Sept. 15, idling 2,000 workers. And it could mean some good-paying jobs. "We have a contract with the U.S. Navy for repairing and modernizing three ships in Earle, N.J.," Richard A. Goldbach, Metro's president, said yesterday.
July 14, 1986 |
In the early-morning hours of July 2, the Kurobe Maru eased out of its berth at the Packer Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia and headed down the Delaware River bound for Savannah, Ga. Having hopscotched from city to city along the Eastern Seaboard, the 854- foot container ship was sailing toward its last port of call before heading home to Japan. In Philadelphia, the Kurobe Maru had left behind all manner of goods - from farm tractors to auto glass to frozen fishcakes.
September 13, 2002 |
The container ship that the Coast Guard escorted back out to sea after inspectors detected low levels of radiation on board had made port calls in Asia, the Middle East and Europe before sailing to New Jersey, according to the vessel's schedule. The Coast Guard and the FBI, along with specialists from the Pentagon and Department of Energy, planned to examine the M/V Palermo Senator six miles offshore in an effort to determine the source of the radiation and whether it was harmless or posed a threat.
October 3, 1991 |
Philadelphia's tall ship, Gazela, has set sail for Baltimore for a $1 million repair job that will allow her to participate in next year's parade of tall ships commemorating Christopher Columbus' voyage to America. The 108-year-old wooden barkentine left her berth at Penn's Landing last night, only hours after board members of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, Gazela's owners, put the finishing touches on a long-sought financial package. Money for the three-month rebuilding of the ship's stem and stern comes too late for Gazela to sail with a fleet of tall ships across the Atlantic from Spain next spring in a re-enactment of Columbus' 1492 voyage.
June 27, 1990 |
Philadelphia's tall ship Gazela went aground in 12 feet of water in Maryland's Choptank River on Monday, and two large canvas sails were shredded by the wind during a 29-day goodwill cruise in the Chesapeake Bay. But the 177-foot wooden barkentine is safely back at her berth at Penn's Landing and ready to participate in this weekend's Festival of Firsts. "I worry about the ship, and I worry about the crew getting hurt," said Dick Page, executive director of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, which owns the former Portuguese fishing vessel.
July 30, 1992 |
There is a little-discussed bill now moving through the United States Senate that has enormous implications for Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. It is called the Gibbons bill - after Sam M. Gibbons (D., Fla.), its chief sponsor in the House of Representatives - and it provides that newly built, ocean-going cargo ships cannot call at U.S. ports if they were built or repaired at shipyards that receive subsidies from foreign governments. The idea is to even the economic odds between U.S. ship builders who do not receive governmental subsidies and those ship builders in Germany, Japan and South Korea - who receive subsidies of more than $1 billion a year in each country.
August 16, 1996 |
The SS United States materializes in the haze of the pre-dawn, glowing like a ghost in the river. A visitor from another time, proud and prosperous. Its magnificent, sleek, black hull stretching 990 feet at the foot of the Walt Whitman Bridge. Glass-enclosed salons running along spotless upper decks. Defiant red smokestacks, rising to 150 feet. In this light and from a distance, a romance is rekindled with the past, capable of sending a chill up the spine. But up close, as the sun rises over the pier - it breaks the heart.