Shipping: At Low Tide

The first fully automated ship ever built in the U.S. steams into Manhattan harbor on her maiden voyage this week. Launched by Mississippi's Ingalls Shipbuilding for the Moore-McCormack Lines, the $10 million, 12,100-ton Mormacargo has an electronic system that enables one officer on the bridge to control the main engines and boilers, move the ship from a dead halt to top speed of 24 knots within five minutes.

Ingalls is building five more such ships, and New Orleans' Avondale Shipyards is working on twelve highly automated freighters for the Lykes Bros, line, the first of which was christened last week....

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