SHIPPING: Ends Against the Middle

If a ship has neither a bow nor a stern, it is certainly not a ship. But it is a nifty little method of getting the benefits of U.S.-built ships without the high cost. On order last week from the Hamburg yards of German Shipbuilder Willy Schlieker (TIME, Oct. 26) were the midsections of six vessels for Mobile's McLean Industries, Inc. With a booming business carrying highway trailer vans by sea, McLean decided to add six new vessels, each with a capacity of 476 vans, to his fleet of trailer ships. The problem...

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