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BAY AREA GREETS 'NEW HORIZON'

 BAY AREA GREETS 'NEW HORIZON'
 PITTSBURG, Calif., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Three years ago,


USS-POSCO Industries (UPI) charted new waters in air pollution control when it unveiled the first of three revolutionary ships that comprise the "cleanest fleet" in the world, UPI said today.
 The ships established new air quality standards and set a course that merges economic and environmental progress. On Monday, UPI's officials and community leaders will celebrate staying that course when the M/V "New Horizon" -- the final member of the fleet -- glides into San Francisco Bay.
 The New Horizon is the fourth specially commissioned vessel designed to deliver coils of semi-finished steel from the Republic of Korea to UPI's dock in Pittsburg, at the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers.
 The $33-million "New Horizon" -- which logged 5,500 miles on its 17-day maiden voyage from the Republic of Korea -- and its predecessors are the only seagoing vessels with Selective Catalytic Reduction emission control equipment.
 More than $3 million has been invested in the installation of the SCR equipment, which acts like an automobile catalytic converter. The technology is already proven to slash nitrogen oxide emissions by 90 percent.
 "This ship and its predecessors, like our mill, symbolize our on- going commitment to strengthen our ability to compete without sacrificing the environment," said UPI President Leonard H. Chuderewicz.
 "It's ideal for us to use ships for direct delivery of semi-finished steel, but there were no vessels in the world with the very low emission levels required," Chuderewicz noted.
 Because no ships met the stringent air quality standards, said Chuderewicz, the ships had to be designed from the ground up to accommodate the SCR equipment built into its 10,680-horsepower engine.
 "This $12-million investment in new technology has clearly paid off," he said. "Nitrogen oxide emissions have been reduced to levels below what the SCR was designed to produce and the California Air Resources Board has acknowledged this as ... a significant environmental advance."
 The fleet lowers UPI's transportation costs by more than $15 million annually. That is critical to the company maintaining its edge in the extremely competitive steel industry.
 Workers can unload 875 tons of steel per hour from the black, red and white New Horizon, which has 22 crew members. Its entire cargo can be unloaded in 36 hours. The New Horizon, operated by Korea Line Corp. (KLC), was built in just four months and can sail with 32,000 tons of unfinished steel coil.
 Company officials and community leaders are slated to greet and later tour the 610-foot-long behemoth.
 UPI named the ship "New Horizon," according to Chuderewicz, "to symbolize the new era in the steel industry forged by our $450-million modernization program."
 The black, red and white New Horizon is set to glide under the Golden Gate Bridge at 9 a.m. Monday and pull up to UPI's dock four hours later.
 USS-POSCO Industries is a California general partnership, the partners of which are Pitcal Inc., a direct wholly owned subsidiary of USX Corp. and POSCO-California Corp., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Pohang Iron & Steel Co. Ltd., of the Republic of Korea.
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 /CONTACT: Larry W. Williams of Healy-Williams & Co., 415-546-6166, for USS-POSCO Industries/ CO: USS-POSCO Industries; USX Corp.; POSCO-California Corp.;
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