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U.S. court rejects suit by three Japanese shipping lines

On 26 Sept., the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington rejected an injunction
request by Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. ("K" Line), Mitsui O.S.K
Lines and Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK Line). The three sought action against
sanctions that went into affect at 0001 4 Sept. after the United States
said Japan had failed to eliminate restrictive port practices that hindered
U.S. companies doing business in Japan. Under the sanctions, containerships
operated by the three are charged U.S.$100,000 each time they call at a
U.S. port. However, the charge is waived if a particular ship has been
assessed the fee within the past seven days or if the ship is calling in
Hawaii and had been assessed within the past 40 days. The court ruled that
the lines had failed to show that the sanctions have done irreparable harm.
The first payments for the sanctions are due 15 Oct. and already total
over U.S.$3 million, according to the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.

ICB Shipping rejects latest Frontline offer

Frontline Ltd. on 1 Oct. revised its offer for "A" shares
of ICB Shipping A.B., on the condition that ICB Shipping revoke its non-cash
stock issue for Astro Tankers by 1700 3 Oct. Otherwise, all offers would
be withdrawn. Frontline offered 150 Swedish kronor/U.S.$17.60 up from 115
kronor/U.S.$15.10. Frontline has 51.7 percent of ICB Shipping stock and
31.4 percent of its votes. ICB Shipping has rejected the revised offer
and refused to end its offer for Astro Tankers. The deadline came and went
without action by Frontline.

Temporary Philippine registration program extended 10 years

Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos has extended until 2009 a bareboat
charter project. Originally, the program allowed foreign shipowners to
register vessels in the Philippines. To handle increased cargo and a lack
of vessels, the temporary provision was made and was to expire in 1999.
Under Philippine Executive Order No. 438, Philippine Presidential Decree
No. 760 has been changed to allow another 10 years under the program. Any
ship chartered or leased by Philippine companies under the scheme will
be included.

Indian committee rejects part of shipping plan

The Indian Empowered Committee of Secretaries has rejected a recommendation
by the Indian National Shipping Policy Committee to restrict liquified
natural gas and liquified petroleum gas shipments to Indian-registry ships.
However, the Indian National Shipping Board approved the plan. The Indian
cabinet will now decide.

China Steel Express, Yangming Marine Transport form line

China Steel Express Co. and Yangming Marine Transport Corp. have formed
Transyang Shipping, a joint venture based in Singapore. The line will operate
in the regional bulk trade. China Steel Express will have 70 percent of
the firm with Yangming Marine Transport the rest.

Newcastle association sued by Tsavliris

Newcastle Protection and Indemnity Association has become the first
P. & I. club to be sued by a salvor for not paying special compensation
for pollution services.

Six Spanish businesses exploring cruise line formation

Six Spanish companies, including ferry operator Transmediterranea and
shipbuilder Union Naval de Levante S.A., have joined to study the formation
of a domestic cruise operator. The others are airline Air Europa, hotel
operator Sol Melia and travel agencies Viajes Barcelo and Viajes Iberia.
The study, Cruceros de Espana, will cost 21 million Spanish pesetas/U.S.$140,000
and take 12 to 18 months. The study is looking at ships that could carry
up to 1,000 people.

Dutch pilots end protest

Dutch pilots on the western Schelde River ended their boycott of vessels
sailing to and from Belgium on 1 Oct. The protest began when the pilots
announced they were not willing to assist Belgian pilots without compensation,
after Belgium was unable to fill a quarter of its pilot services. However,
after unsafe conditions and delays, and with more pilots now being trained,
the Dutch pilots ended the action.

Philippine Coast Guard to become civilian

The Philippine Coast Guard is being transferred from the Philippine
Department of National Defense to the Philippine Department of Transportation
and Communications, it has been announced. As a result, the organization
will become a civilian agency. In addition, the coast guard will retake
control of vessel regulations enforcement from the Philippine Maritime
Industry Authority.

More on I.M.O. air pollution regulations

The International Maritime Organization adopted new regulations to reduce
air pollution by ships on 25 Sept. The new rules set limits on nitrogen
oxide and sulphur oxide from vessel exhausts and prohibit deliberate release
of substances that deplete ozone. The sulphur content of bunker fuel will
be reduced to 4.5 percent though the present average is 3 percent. In the
Baltic Sea, the sulphur content must be no more than 1.5 percent. The fuel
regulation will come into effect in 2003 if the new regulations are ratified
by 15 countries. The 15 must have merchant fleets that account for more
than 50 percent of the gross tonnage of world ships. Also, diesel engines
of 130 kilowatts or more for ships built in 2000 and after will be affected
by new restrictions on nitrogen oxides. Emissions will have to be no more
than 0.34 ounces/9.8 grams per kilowatt for high-speed engines operating
for more than an hour with revolutions per minute of 2,000 or more. There
will be a compulsory review of the new regulations unless they take effect
within five years. The regulations, which have been worked on for six years,
will become Annex VI of the International Convention for the Prevention
of Pollution from Ships of 1973 as amended in 1978.

U.S. government investigation MIB Services

The Seamen's Justice Center has announced that the U.S. government is
starting an investigation into MIB Services Inc. of the Marine Index Bureau.
People with personal knowledge of incidents in which MIB Services worked
with businesses to prevent people from working by releasing information
without someone's knowledge are asked to contact Robert Swanson at 319-659-8507
or arrg@netins.net or Bob Johnson of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission at 314-539-7910.

Stolt Comex Seaway in share issue

Stolt Comex Seaway has announced plans to offer up to U.S.$120 million
in new shares.

Cie. Viking to join Paris Stock Exchange

Cie. Viking will enter the second market of the Paris Stock Exchange
by the end of the year. It will raise 60 million French francs/U.S.$10

Smedvig calls extraordinary general meeting

Smedvig A.S.A. has called an extraordinary general meeting for 4 Nov.
at 1430 in Stavanger, Norway. The board of directors will request that
shareholders authorize an increase of share capital relating to incentive
programs for employees. The proposed increase of 900,000 Norwegian kroner/U.S.$130,000
would be through issue of 300,000 new "B" shares, valued at 3
kroner/U.S.$0.42 each. The authorization being sought is for five years.
The incentive program would be available only in Norway at first. Also,
the board is requesting that a provision be made in the company's Articles
of Association so that only shareholders who have announced their attendance
in advance have the right to participate in general meeting.

Samudera Shipping Line's I.P.O. oversubcribed

Samudera Shipping Line's initial public offering was oversubscribed
16.2 times. The Singaporean$48 million/U.S.$31 million raised will fund
two new product tankers to be chartered by Pertamina. The tankers will
cost S$18.25 million/U.S.$11.91 million.

Johannes Ostensjo wins towage contract

Johannes Ostensjo dy A/S has won a contract to supply towage services
at Whitegate near Cork, Ireland. It will take over from Cory Towage Ltd.'s
Irish Tugs Ltd. Johannes Ostensjo will use a tug with 50-ton bollard pull
and 4,000 horsepower in conjunction with the local harbor tug.

U.S.F.M.C. receives fines from seven firms

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission recently fined seven firms for
violations of the U.S. Shipping Act of 1984. They include U.S.$388,000
from Ocean World Lines and RF International and U.S.$350,000 from Kawasaki
Kisen Kaisha Ltd. ("K" Line). Others include Alexander Air Express,
Frederic Henjes Jr., Honorwell Shipping, South Seas Steamship Co. and Three
Hands Corp.

Tanker owner fined for desludging off Malaysia

A court in Malaysia on 2 Oct. fined the owners of a tanker about 82,700
Malaysian ringgit/U.S.$24,900 for discharging crude oil into the country's
territorial waters. Hozan Shipping Pte. Ltd., the agent for the Fukushin
Maru, pleaded guilty on behalf of the owners in the Sessions Court in Kuantan
to two charges of desludging. The Royal Malaysian Air Force found the ship
discharging crude off the state of Pahang on 6 April, 1996. An oil slick
19 kilometers/12 miles long and up to 50 meters/160 feet wide behind the

Inchcape Shipping Service likely to be fined for not declaring missiles

Inchcape Shipping Service will reportedly be fined for not notifying
the U.S. Customs Service last month that 24 disarmed nuclear ballistic
missiles were transported through Huntsville, Ala., to the U.S. Army's
Redstone Arsenal. Forest Lines Inc. brought the Polaris A-3TK missiles
from the United Kingdom, where they had their nuclear warheads removed
after service with the British Royal Navy's Resolution-class ballistic-missile
submarines, to Pascagoula, Miss., where Inchcape Services was the agent.
The missiles will be used in anti-missile weapons testing.

Parise Sr. sentenced in Philadelphia

Louis Parise Sr., a former National Maritime Union official in the United
States, has been sentenced to 56 months in prison for embezzling money
from the union. Appearing in court before his sentencing, Parise said the
U.S.$188,297 was spent on cookies for the union office. Prosecutors alledged
in an 83-count indictment that Parise spent the money on clothes, limousines
and nude dancers, among other items. He was found guilty 28 Jan. U.S. District
Court Judge Harvey Bartle III in Philadelphia ordered Parise to repay the
money to the union, but he has said it does not have the assets to do so.
Prosecutors, however, say that Parise has spent U.S.$1 million on slot
machines in the last two years. Parise plans to appeal and remains in custody.

Inchcape Shipping Service receives I.S.O. 9002

Last week, Inchcape Shipping Service received I.S.O. 9002 status from
Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance. It is the first business in the ship
agency sector to receive I.S.O. 9002 for its entire operation.

Trinity House gets I.S.O. 9001

Trinity House has become the first lighthouse authority to get I.S.O.
9001 for all its operations.

U-Freight America moves shipping activities

U-Freight America has transferred its shipping activities from New York
to a new freight terminal in New Jersey. It is at 969 Newark Turnpike,
Kearny, N.J., 07032. The telephone is 201-997-6699, while facsimile is


Safmarine & CMBT Lines in slot-charter agreement with Maersk Line

Safmarine & CMBT Lines N.V. has signed a slot-charter agreement
with Maersk Line on its weekly joint service with Sea-Land Service Inc.
from northern Europe to eastern South America. The service will start in
mid-October with ports including Antwerp, Belgium; Rotterdam, the Netherlands;
Le Havre, France; and Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

LIBRA, TNX in joint service

Linhas Brasileiras de Navegacao S.A.'s Nacional Line and Transroll Navieras
Express will start a joint weekly vessel sharing agreement between the
eastern coasts of North and South America and the Carribean. The service
will start in November with six ships calling 11 ports.

Eurogulf Line, Norchart to start new breakbulk route

Eurogulf Line and Norchart B.V. will start a breakbulk service this
month between Antwerp, Belgium; Bremen, Germany; Mexico; and the U.S. Gulf
coast. The Arademik Glushko will begin the service will calls at Houston
and New Orleans.

Knutsen O.A.S. Shipping to charter space on "K" Line route

Knutsen O.A.S. Shipping A/S will charter space on Kawasaki Kisen Kiasha
Ltd.'s new twice a week service between Japan; Port Klang, Malaysia; and
Jakarta, Indonesia.

Lauritzen Reefers, O.O.C.L. sign connecting carrier agreement

Lauritzen Reefers A/S has signed a trans-Pacific connecting carrier
agreement with Orient Overseas Container Line. It will take affect at the
end of the year. Lauritzen Reefers will offer its service between Chile,
Ecuador, Peru and California. O.O.C.L. will offer further service to Asia
and the Pacific from Los Angeles. Lauritizen Reefers will market the service
in Chile, Japan and Long Beach, Calif., while O.O.C.L. will be responsible
for Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

T.W.R.A. rate changes

The Transpacific Westbound Rate Agreement has announced new rates for
certain cargoes. As of 1 Nov., hay moving in FEUs to Japan will jump from
U.S.$279 to U.S.$332, to U.S.$750 to U.S.$802. Asparagus for Asian destinations
will be charged U.S.$0.05 more per carton as of 1 Jan. Rates will increase
U.S.$100 for FEUs loaded with consumer appliances, industrial clay, oil
drilling supplies and tires. Rates for FEUs with beer will increase U.S.$100
on 1 Feb. On 1 April, rates for FEUs carrying dried fruit, nuts, leguminous
vegetables or soybeans will increase U.S.$60. Finally, U.S.$5 more will
be charged per revenue ton for poultry starting 1 May.

Holyman Sally Ferries to drop route

Holyman Sally Ferries has announced its intent to end service between
Ramsgate, England, and Dunkirk, France.

Atlanticargo to call Norfolk

Atlanticargo will add a call at Norfolk, Va., to its weekly service
in November. It will be the last port called eastbound and the first west.

State of Alaska ferries will call at Prince Rupert again

The State of Alaska has announced that its ferries will resume calls
at Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, in December. On 19 July, more
than 200 Canadian-registry fishing vessels surrounded the Malaspina (U.S.-registry
ferry built in 1963, operated by the State of Alaska, homeported at Juneau,
Alaska) as it arrived at Prince Rupert. Passengers and vehicles disembarked,
but just before 328 passengers boarded, the fishing vessels refused to
move in protest of negotiations to renew the Pacific Salmon Treaty of 1985
by Canada and the United States. Some 90 passengers remained aboard with
the rest going to hotels and some deciding not to make the voyage. On 20
July, a judge in Montreal ordered the fishing vessels to end the blockade
and further calls at Prince Rupert by Alaskan ferries were indefinitely
canceled. On 21 July, a local sheriff, with Royal Canadian Mounted Police
escorts, served every vessel in the blockade with the judge's order. Those
that did not leave right away later did so after several crews met with
Canadian Fisheries Minister David Anderson. The Malaspina was then able
to proceed to Ketchikan, Alaska, though reportedly with only 142 passengers
and 88 vehicles. A Canadian court on 28 July granted a permanent injunction
that bars blockades of Alaskan ferries by fishing vessels in British Columbia.

Melbourne Star back on old route

Blue Star Line Ltd. is bringing the Melbourne Star (Bahamian-registry
27,978-dwt, 1,308-TEU capacity containership built in 1971, operated by
Blue Star Line) back to its East and Gulf Coast Container Service between
Australia, New Zealand and North America. The ship can carry 680 refrigerated
containers and has 5,040 cubic meters/168,000 cubic feet for breakbulk
cargo. Currently operating along the western United States on a fixed-day
rotation, the ship will begin loading cargo in Australia and New Zealand
in November.

DFDS to add third ship to Baltic service

DFDS will introduce a third ro/ro to its service from Copenhagen and
Fredericin in Denmark to Klaipeda, Lithuania. There will be three departures
from Copenhagen and four from Fredericin. The vessel will increase capacity
40 percent.

SAL adds the Wilma

SAL GmbH & Co. added the Wilma on 19 Sept. The ship can lift 600
metric tons.

Carnival moves cruise ships to Tampa

Carnival Corp. will bring a Fantasy-class 2,600-passenger ship to Tampa,
Fla., in December 1998 for seven-day cruises to the Carribean, Mexico and
New Orleans. It will replace the Celebration (Liberian-registry 6,065-dwt
passenger ship built in 1987). Also, the Tropicale (6,654-dwt, 1,100-passenger
ship built in 1981) will shift from Alaska to Tampa in April.


Second container terminal at Jeddah

Saudi Ports Authority is planning to build a second container terminal
at Jeddah.

Asian Development Bank approves loans for several ports

The Asian Development Bank on 29 Sept. approved U.S.$113 million in
loans and a technical assistance grant of U.S.$1.59 million for the Indian
ports of Chennai and Mumbai. Some U.S.$97.8 million will be used to replace
40-year-old submerged oil pipelines and Mumbai that are leaking and upgrade
three berths, while at Chennai, container and general cargo facilities
will be expanded. Also, India has approved expanding a container terminal
at Chennai at a cost of 527 million Indian rupees/U.S.$14.6 million. The
next day, the bank approved a U.S.$100 million loan to improve and expand
facilities at the Indonesian ports of Balikpapan, Banjarmasin and Belawan.

New contract for Algeciras dockworkers

The Port of Algeciras, Spain, has signed a new five-year contract with
its dockworkers.

New Chinese regional port authority

China has formed a regional port authority based in Shanghai to direct
container operations for Shanghai and the nearby provinces of Jiangsu and
Zhejiang. The authority was modeled on the Port Authority of New York &
New Jersey.

COSCO, P.S.A. to explore Chinese port development

China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co. and the Port of Singapore Authority
have signed a letter of intent to explore cooperation at Taicang, China,
it was announced 26 Sept. COSCO is planning to develop a city on 50 square
kilometers/20 square miles with 9.7 kilometers/6.0 miles of waterfront
area. About half the waterfront will be container berths, with the first
270-meter/890-foot multipurpose berth to begin construction next month.
Three more will follow next year.

Internatonal Purveyors to use union dockworkers?

The Maritime Union of Australia has reported that International Purveyors
will use Northern Shipping and Stevedoring Pty. Ltd. at the Port of Cairns,
Queensland, Australia. International Purveyors had announced it would end
its contract with the company, leaving seven full-time and 20 casual employees
out of work, and instead use its own personnel. The union then began a
series of protests against the decision. International Purveyors has not
confirmed the union's announcement.

Argentine port to be upgraded

Ormas, Los Solares, Tecnefidias and Tevycom-Fapeco, the group that won
a 25-year concession to operate the Port of Mendoza, Argentina, plan to
invest 7 million Argentine pesos/U.S.$7 million in upgrades.

CODESP outlines spending plans

Companhia Docas de Sao Paulo (CODESP), the Brazilian port authority,
has said it will use the 200 million Brazilian reals/U.S.$180 million received
from the Santos Brasil consortium to pay off debts, buy-out personnel and
develop port infrastructure. Santos Brasil will take over operation of
the Port of Santos' Tecon 1 container terminal within 60 days after winning
a concession to operate the facility. CODESP will spend 119.9 million reals/U.S.$109.4
million to retire debt and spend 44.3 million reals/U.S.$40.4 million on
employee buyouts. Some 30.6 million reals/U.S.$27.9 million will be spent
on port improvements with 5.3 million reals/U.S.$4.8 million used to pay
income taxes.

Port Everglades expands property

Port Everglades, Fla., has received permission to buy 108 hectares/271
acres of land for U.S.$120 million. Under the deal, the seller will receive
a 35-year lease to 39 hectares/97 acres, on which to build a warehouse
and distribution center. The port will receive U.S.$45 million and 25 percent
of net income after six years. The remaining land will be developed as
a container yard and intermodal container transfer facility.

Request for funding to upgrade Pascagoula

The Jackson County Port Commission in Mississippi has requested that
the county board issue U.S.$6.1 million in bonds for repairs and improvements
to the Port of Pascagoula. Supervisors previously authorized U.S.$5.3 million
in bonds in stages, on the condition that the port fund U.S.$3.96 million
of its budget on its own. With the bonds, U.S.$4.7 million would be spent
on repairs with U.S.$1.3 million on first year costs for a study regarding
Bayou Casotte. U.S.$9.2 million would be marked for future use.

Vancouver Wharves approves expansion plans

Vancouver Wharves Ltd. will spend Canadian$51.2 million/U.S.$37.3 million
to rebuild its sulphur handling facilities and install a loop track. It
is also planning to spend C$48.9 million/U.S.$35.6 million for a new, dedicated
facility for handling special agricultural products, which would be the
only such terminal in western North America. Vancouver Wharves recently
signed five-year contracts with Procor Sulphur Services Ltd. and Sultran
Ltd. to handle 1.5 million tons of sulphur annually. The loop track will
handle unit trains up to 104 cars, while the rebuilt facilities will have
new conveyor belts and an upgraded reclamation system. Construction will
employ up to 1,000 people with C$800,000/U.S.$600,000 spent this year,
C$25 million/U.S.$18 million in 1998 and C$25.4 million/U.S.$18.5 million
in 1999. The proposed agricultural structure would include a berth and
equipment to load ships at a rate of 1,000 tons per hour. Vancouver Wharves
has also formally approved a Canadian$7.9 million/U.S.$5.8 million project
to build additional pulp storage structures and replace maintenance facilities.
The expansion comes after Vancouver Wharves won a bid to handle 215,000
additional tons of pulp each year for Millar Western Pulp, starting in
January. Millar Western Pulp has signed a five-year contract and it is
expected that 245,000 tons will be handled annually within two years. The
expansion includes an additional to the existing pulp shed and a 68-meter/220-foot
extension to a covered loading area with three truck bays. Also, maintenance
activites will be consolidated at one location.

Barley export facility canceled

Froedtert Malt Corp. has canceled plans for a U.S.$65 million barley
malting and export facility at Portland, Ore.

Dafeng to get two new berths, construction starts at Binhai

The Port of Dafeng, Jiangsu, China, will spend 260 million Chinese yuan/U.S.$31.3
million to build two 5,000-ton berths. The Port of Binhai has started building
a 10,000-ton bulk and sundry berth to handle 800,000 metric tons per year.
It will cost 320 million yuan/U.S.$38.5 million.

New wharf opens in Yangon

A new 219-meter/720-foot wharf, capable of handling 100,000 metric tons
annually, has opened in Yangon, Myanmar.

New warehouse to be built at the Port of Milwaukee

In his budget address on 26 Sept., Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist said
that the city has budgeted U.S.$3 million to build a new warehouse at the
Port of Milwaukee. It will be built on one the port's piers for use by
Federal Marine Terminals Inc. Federal Marine Terminals recently closed
a facility in Chicago and will use the Milwaukee location to handle metal
cargoes for the domestic market. Increased revenues from Federal Marine
Terminals and other businesses are expected to pay back all principal and
interest for the project in about 13 years.

Howland Hook refrigerated facility under construction

A 5,980-square-meter/66,400-square-foot refrigerated freight facility
is being built at Howland Hook in New York. Funding is coming from several
public sources, including U.S.$2 million from the Port Authority of New
York & New Jersey, U.S.$2 million from New York City Economic Development
Corp. and U.S.$1 million from Staten island.

Terminal opens in Hull

A.B.P. has opened a covered steel terminal at Hull, England.

Le Havre to be export depot for Evian

Shed 120 of the Ocean Terminal at the Port of Le Havre, France, is now
being operated by Sago Port Terminals. Evian bottled water will be received
by train and loaded into containers for export to the Far East and the
United States.

Tropical Storm Olaf closes Mexican ports

The Mexican ports of Dos Bocas, Pajaritos and Salina Cruz were closed
26 Sept. due to Tropical Storm Olaf. Puerto Madero was also closed. Dos
Bocas and Pajaritos reopened 27 Sept. with Salina Cruz following 28 Sept.
Acapulco, Huatulco, Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido closed to small vessels.

Weather closes Peruvian port

Bad weather closed Talara, Peru, on 28 Sept.

Ram-Powell Project starts operating

Amoco Corp., Exxon Corp. and Shell Oil Co. have begun natural gas production
at their Ram-Powell Project in the Gulf of Mexico, it was announced 30
Sept. The production sets a new water-depth record for petroleum production
platforms. Ram-Powell is in 979.6 meters/3,214 feet of water.


France dropping quirats

France will drop its year-old quirats system, as the ship financing
method is too expensive to operate compared to the impact on employment
on French shipyards. The system helped fund 25 vessels through 2 billion
French francs/U.S.$340 million. However, many were not built in France
and only 350 jobs were created or retained as a result, at a cost of 5
million francs/U.S.$840,000 each.

Halter Marine Group buying three equipment manufacturers

Halter Marine Group Inc. said 2 Oct. that it will soon purchase three
businesses to form a new Engineered Products Group. AmClyde Engineered
Products Inc., Fritz Culver Inc. and Utility Steel Fabrication Inc. manufacture
capstans, cranes, jacks, locking equipment, mooring systems, tuggers, winches,
windlasses and other equipment. Pending definitive agreements and approval
by the board of Halter Marine Group, the three will be bought for U.S.$55
million, with $28 million in cash and the rest stock. Production capacity
of Fritz Culver and Utility Steel Fabrication will be increased through
additional space and equipment. Combined, the three companies have annual
revenue of U.S.$90 million.

Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani buys into Azipod firm

Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani SpA has bought 22.5 percent of
a new firm set-up to manage the business of the Azipod propulsion system.

Finnyards sells electronics business

Finnyards Ltd. has sold its electronics business to Finavitec.

Goa Shipyard signs technology transfer agreements

Goa Shipyard Ltd. has signed technology transfer agreements and memorandums
of understanding with several foreign shipbuilders, including yards in
Portugal and the United Kingdom. Goa Shipyard will build hovercraft, catamarans,
high-speed aluminum vessels and small naval vessels.

BethShip sale completed

On 2 Oct., Bethlehem Steel Corp. completed the sale of BethShip Inc.
in Sparrows Point, Md., to Veritas Capital Inc. The shipyard will be known
as Baltimore Marine Industries Inc.

Overseas Agency to represent Ukrainian yards in Greece

Overseas Agency Ltd. has signed an agreement with the Ukrainian government
to represent all Ukrainian shipyards in Greece. In a deal that had technical
assistance from Bureau Veritas, Overseas Agency agreed to arrange financing
for contracts by Greek shipowners at the yards through its Overseas Finance.

East Isle Shipyard opens new facility

East Isle Shipyard Ltd. at Georgetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada,
has opened a new facility that will create 40 new jobs. The shipyard will
then employ 150. The new Canadian$3.5 million/U.S.$2.5 million structure
includes a 75-ton overhead crane. The federal and provincial governments
funded C$1.4 million/U.S.$1.0 million of the expansion.

Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries announces productivity increase

Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. said recently that an
investment of 600 million Japanese yen/U.S.$5 million has increased productivity
at its facility in Kure, Japan, by 30 percent. The money was used to install
mobile work platforms on rails. Outer hull sections can now be manufactured
20 percent faster. Coupled with a new block design, Ishikawajima-Harima
Heavy Industries said it can launch a 300,000-dwt very large crude carrier
in 50 days.

Fairbanks Morse to power U.S. Navy's new dock landing ships

Coltec Industries' Fairbanks Morse Engine Division has received a contract
worth more than U.S.$12 million for four Colt-Pielstick PC2.5 diesel engines.
Each can generate up to 10,400 horsepower and will be used aboard the U.S.
Navy's San Antonio (LPD 17), the first of a new class of dock landing ships.
The engines will be delivered to Avondale Industries Inc. in 1999. The
contract includes options for engines for 11 more ships through 2006 and
two spares and is worth in excess of U.S.$138 million.

Operators jointly order V.L.C.C., option for another

Argonaut A.B., Nordstrom & Thulin A.B. and World-Wide Shipping Agency
Ltd. have jointly ordered a 300,000-dwt very large crude carrier from Daewoo.
It will be delivered in the first quarter of 2000 and will be managed by
Argonaut. There is an option for another ship to be managed by World-Wide
Shipping Agency. Combined, the ships will cost U.S.$157 million.

Golden Ocean orders tanker from Kawasaki Heavy Industries

Kawasaki Heavy Industries said 25 Sept. it has received an order for
a 300,000-dwt tanker from Golden Ocean Ltd. The ship will be 330 meters/1,080
feet long, have a beam of 60 meters/200 feet and a draft of 29.3 meters/96.1
feet. The vessel will be capable of 15.6 knots. It will be delivered in
1999 or 2000.

V.L.C.C. to be built for Lykiardopulo

Lykiardopulo & Co. Ltd. has ordered a very large crude carrier from
Daewoo at a cost of U.S.$85 million. It will be delivered in 1999. There
is an option for another.

FSO ordered from Daewoo Heavy Industries for Russian project

A 158,000-dwt tanker has been ordered from Daewoo Heavy Industries Ltd.
for use as a floating storage and offloading vessel off Sakhalin Island,
Russia. Argonaut A.B., ICB Shipping A.B., IHC Caland, Sakhalinmorneftegas
and Single Buoy Moorings are involved in the project. The ship will be
delivered in summer 1999 for a 4.5-year charter.

Blohm + Voss Industrie to construct passenger ship for Royal Carribean

Blohm + Voss Industrie GmbH has received a U.S.$165 million order from
Greek passenger ship operator Royal Carribean. The shipbuilder will deliver
a 416-cabin passenger ship in 2000. It will be capable of 27 knots.

Bulk carrier to be delivered to Anangel-American Shipholdings in 1999

Anangel-American Shipholdings Ltd. has ordered a 172,500-dwt bulk carrier
from Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. for delivery in mid-1999.

Fednav International has two options

As part of its order for four 34,000-dwt geared bulk carriers from Oshima
Shipbuilding Co. Ltd., Fednav International Ltd. also has options for two
more ships. It signed a contract with Sumitomo Corp. in Tokyo on 18 Sept.
worth 12 billion Japanese yen/U.S.$98 million. The four will be built at
Nagasaki, Japan, for delivery in the latter half of 1999 and the first
half of 2000. In addition to acting as Fednav International's contractor,
Sumitomo will be a partner with Fednav International in owning the vessels.
Each ship will have six cargo holds and three 30-ton cranes. The bulk carriers
will be built for navigating the St. Lawrence Seaway. -- Steve Schultz
- Whitefish Bay, Wis., U.S.A. - sschultz@execpc.com

"When beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's
skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not
willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang"
- Herman Melville from "Moby-Dick; or, The White Whale," Chapter
114, Paragraph two

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As many as 500 missing off Bangladesh

Up to 500 people are missing off Bangladesh after a cyclone killed at
least 51 people over the weekend and injured thousands. The fishermen may
have taken refuge elsewhere. On 27 Sept., the cyclone killed at least 1,000
cattle and destroyed thousands of structures.

Fishing vessels missing off Mexico

Eight fishermen aboard two vessels are missing after Tropical Storm
Olaf passed over Mexico this past weekend.

U.S.-registry tug missing

The Nestor (U.S.-registry 200-gt motor tug built in 1959) lost its radio
and was last reported drifting at 21 degrees 39 minutes north, 70 degrees
26 minutes west. It was sailing from Rio Haina, Dominican Republic, to
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A search by aircraft 28 Sept. found nothing.

More than 1,000 deported from Saudi Arabia arrive at Karachi aboard

The Al Madina (Egyptian-registry ferry) docked 27 Sept. in Karachi,
Pakistan, after a two-day wait. The vessel reportedly carried 1,098 Indian
and 736 Pakistani citizens deported from Saudi Arabia. Two Pakistanis and
an Indian passenger died during the voyage. The ship was at first denied
permission to dock because it did not have an agent to represent it. The
Pakistani citizens disembarked while the Indian citizens remained aboard
for transport to Mumbai, India. In July, Saudi Arabia announced that about
100,000 aliens in the country would have until 16 Oct. to legalize their
stay or leave the country. Many of those on the Al Madina had emergency

Lobsterman severs arm after caught in winch

Doug Goodale, 33, of Wells, Maine, severed his right arm above the elbow
on 30 Sept. after it was caught in a turnstile winch aboard his seven-meter/23-foot
lobster boat. Shortly before dawn, the sleeve of his oilskin jacket was
pulled into the winch when the rope began spooling out and he reached to
shut off the motor. The winch threw Goodale overboard at which point he
used a knife to sever the arm. Goodale was able to make port and his hospitalized.

Oil spill off California from ruptured pipeline

Up to 500 barrels (80,000 liters/21,000 gallons) of crude oil spilled
into the Pacific Ocean 29 Sept. off California. Torch Operating Co. reported
a slick between the Irene platform six kilometers/four miles off Point
Arguello, Calif., and the Lompoc processing facility at Nipomo Mesa, Calif.,
after a 51-centimeter/20-inch pipeline ruptured. A flange between two pieces
of pipe was found to be cracked. The facilities are owned by Nuevo Energy
Co. and operated by Torch Operating. The slick, 2.4 kilometers/1.5 miles
offshore, is estimated to be 21 square kilometers/eight square miles. Clean
Coastal Waters, Clean Seas and Marine Spill Response Corp. have been hired
to clean the slick. Three Clean Seas vessels, Marine Spill Response's California
Responder (U.S.-registry 1,258-dwt vessel built in 1992) and 11 contract
fishing vessels deployed 2,100 meters/7,000 feet of floating booms. Eight
skimmers will be used to clean-up as much oil as possible. Fifty-three
oil-coated birds (including cormorants, a grebe, gulls, a brown pelican,
a least tern and a snowy plover) were found and a wildlife recovery vessel
is nearby. Twenty-two birds have been killed as a result of the spill,
including a murre, gulls and a least tern. Most of the others have been
taken to the International Bird Research and Rescue Center in Berkeley,
Calif. Clean-up of the spill will reportedly cost U.S.$1 million and about
32,000 liters/8,400 gallons of water and oil has been recovered.

Medical evacuations in the Pacific Ocean by Canada, the United States

On 19 Sept., a crewmember aboard the Hokuetsu Bright (Panamanian-registry
49,692-dwt motor bulk carrier built in 1996, operated by Shoei Kisen Kaisha
Ltd.) was suffering from a twisted bowel, 1,280 kilometers/800 miles southwest
of San Diego. An HC-130H Hercules from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento,
Calif., attempted to drop five U.S. Air Force personnel to the ship but
the attempt was abandoned due to the weather conditions. The next day,
an Air Force HH-60G Rescue Hawk helicopter brought paramedics to the ship
and took the crewmember to Crissy Field in San Francisco. On 2 Oct., a
Ukrainian citizen was airlifted from the Alantra (Liberian-registry bulk
carrier) in the Pacific Ocean and taken to Port Hardy, Vancouver Island,
Canada. The crewmember suffered chest injuries after falling when the ship
was hit by heavy seas. The Alantra is sailing to a U.S. port to load cargo.

Three Smit International vessels, crews remain held by Iran

The Netherlands said 1 Oct. that efforts are continuing to secure the
release of 42 people detained by Iran on 8 Sept. On 21 Sept., Iran announced
that it seized two vessels affiliated with Smit International N.V. at Bandar
Imam Khomeini because they violated international regulations. According
to Iran, Smit International was hired to salvage a Croatian-registry vessel
that sank in the Khur-Mussa Canal. On 19 Aug., Iran says the Banckert (382-gt
vessel built in 1972, operated by Van Den Akker B.V.), the Smit Cyclone
(3,743-dwt vessel built in 1969, operated by Smit International Singapore
Pte. Ltd.) and another chartered vessel abandoned the salvage and sailed
elsewhere to salvage a U.S. helicopter. Iran, however, said it had not
given authorization for the movement. A complaint was then filed with an
Iranian court and an order was issued for the two vessels to be seized.
The 33 Smit International employees and nine contracted personnel include
15 Dutch and one British citizen. Others are Indian, Pakistani, Philippine,
Tanzanian and Thai citizens.

Catch of Massachusetts fishing vessel seized

The catch of the Luzitano (U.S.-registry 26-meter/84-foot fishing vessel
homeported at New Bedford, Mass.) was seized the morning of 28 Sept., 182
kilometers/114 miles east of Cape Cod, Mass. The vessel was found fishing
1.2 kilometers/0.75 miles inside Closed Area II. The U.S. Coast Guard's
Bear-class Medium-Endurance Cutter U.S.C.G.C. Tahoma (WMEC 908) escorted
the vessel to New Bedford. The catch included monkfish livers and tails
and scallops worth U.S.$4,600.

Size of oil spill near Cape May verified

While unloading a third of its cargo of one million barrels of light
crude oil on 18 Sept., the Mystras (Liberian-registry 138,930-dwt tanker
built in 1976, operated by National Shipping & Trading Corp.) spilled
about 38,000 liters/10,000 gallons. The ship was lightering the oil to
a tank barge at the Bigstone Anchorage near Cape May, N.J. The spill created
a slick 13 kilometers/eight miles long and 18 meters/60 feet wide. The
next day, the ship proceeded up to the Delaware River to complete unloading.

Russia seizes five trucks of brandy, wine

Five trucks carrying brandy and wine from Georgia were detained at the
Port of Novorossiysk, Russia, on 29 Sept. by personnel of the Caucasian
Special Border District. The trucks were unloaded from the Preslav (Bulgarian-registry
6,400-dwt ro/ro built in 1970, operated by So Mejdunaroden Automobilen
Transport). The drivers of the trucks did not have the necessary documents
to bring brandy and wine into Russia.

More on arrest of third mate for operating vessel while intoxicated

Late 17 Sept., U.S. Coast Guard personnel boarded the Hercegovina (Croatian-registry
30,882-dwt, 197-meter/645-foot motor bulk carrier built in 1977, operated
by Atlantska Plovidba dd Dubrovnik) at the Snell Lock of the St. Lawrence
Seaway. Believing the bridge crew may have been intoxicated, New York State
Police officers were summoned. Three licensed officers aboard were found
to be intoxicated, but only the third mate, Duro Horvat, had a blood alcohol
level above .04 percent. Horvat, who was operating the ship's throttles
as it neared the lock, was arrested. The Croatian citizen was taken to
the jail in Malone, N.Y., and arraigned before a U.S. magistrate. The ship
then moved to the Wilson Hill Anchorage and was released on 19 Sept. It
was sailing from Venezuela to Toledo, Ohio, to load soybeans. Horvat pleaded
guilty in a federal court in Albany, N.Y., to operating a vessel while
intoxicated. He was sentenced to 13 days in jail and fined U.S.$10,000.
The blood alcohol level of master Vedrah Sandri, also a Croatian citizen,
was near the limit and he was released after being assessed a civil penalty.

Arbitrator calls for end to picket of the Neptune Jade

An arbitrator has ordered dockworkers at the Port of Oakland, Calif.,
to work the Neptune Jade (Singaporean-registry 43,288-dwt, 2,966-TEU containership
built in 1986, operated by Neptune Shipmanagement Service (Pte.) Ltd.)
The ship arrived at Oakland the night of 28 Sept. but members of the International
Longshore and Warehouse Union refused to unload 160 containers because
seven originated at Thamesport, England. After 32 hours, the ship left
port but returned 30 Sept. and was again boycotted. The Pacific Maritime
Association failed to get a restraining order but on 1 Oct., an arbitrator
ruled the action was in violation of dockworkers' contracts. The I.L.W.U.
has taken action to support fired dockworkers of Mersey Docks and Harbour
Co. at Liverpool, England. Apparently, the I.L.W.U. took action against
the Neptune Jade because it thought there was a direct connection between
Liverpool and Thamesport through Mersey Docks and Harbour. Thamesport has
sent out releases explaining that it has no relationship with the entities
being picketed.

Eckero Rederi admits operating vessel with inner bow door open

Eckero Rederi Oy A.B. has announced that in early February, its Apollo
(1,200-dwt, 1,200-passenger ro/ro ferry built in 1970) sailed from Tallinn,
Estonia, to Helsinki, Finland, with its innermost bow door open due to
the number of vehicles aboard. The safety violation was not reported in
the ship's log.


Cool Carriers to charter largest refrigerated vessels

Cool Carriers A.B. has won a contract of Noboa to be the company's sole
exporter of bananas starting in January. Cool Carriers ships will take
the bananas from Ecuador to the western United States and Japan. In order
to accomodate the contract, Cool Carriers will charter the four largest
refrigerated vessels in the world from Lauritzen Reefers A/S. Each is 22,900
cubic meters/762,000 cubic feet. In addition, another six will come from
Safmarine & CMBT Lines N.V.

B+H Management in product tanker expansion

B+H Management Ltd. is buying seven product tankers of 30,000-dwt to
45,000-dwt for U.S.$90 million. Three have already been bought with one
in service and two coming. Negotiations for the other four are on-going.
The ships will be operated by B+H Equimar Singapore Pte. Ltd. in Asia.

Leif Hoegh confirms purchase of bulk carriers

Leif Hoegh & Co. A.S.A. has confirmed that two 210,600-dwt bulk
carriers have been bought from Shougang Group for U.S.$100 million.

India Steamship to scrap two vessels

India Steamship Co. Ltd. will scrap two more ships this financial year.
They are the Indian Prestige (Indian-registry 18,842-dwt dry cargo ship
built in 1971) and the Indian Valour (Indian-registry 15,718-dwt dry cargo
ship built in 1971). The Indian government must approve the demolitions
as the ships were mortgaged with government loans several years ago. In
addition, labor unions will need to approve the plan as the ship's crews
will become surplus.

City of Midland 41 update

The City of Midland 41 (U.S.-registry 3,968-gt, 833-nt, 124-meter/406-foot,
steam ferry built in 1941 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Corp. at Manitowoc,
Wis., with 6,000-horsepower; owned and operated by Lake Michigan Carferry
Service Inc.) has been towed to Muskegon, Mich., where West Michigan Dock
& Market Corp. will remove the vessel's superstructure over the next
three months. The City of Midland 41 will be converted to a barge for a
new tow business, P.M. Shipping Inc. Renamed P.M. 41, it will be pushed
by a 45.7-meter/150-foot former naval tug. Operations will begin on the
Canadian and U.S. Great Lakes next year. The vessel has been laid-up in
Ludington, Mich., and last operated 18 Nov., 1988. It was built for Pere
Marquette Railway and can carry 180 vehicles, 23 railcars and 609 passengers.


Strait of Malacca collision leaves 29 missing

The ICL Vikraman (Indian-registry 31,734-gt, 55,851-dwt bulk carrier
built in 1979, homeported at Madras and operated by India Cements Ltd.)
sank at 2300 26 Sept. in the Strait of Malacca near Tanjung Tuan, Malaysia,
after colliding with the empty Mount 1 (85,963-gt, 161,805-dwt motor combination
ship built in 1973) at 02 degrees 18.5 minutes north, 101 degrees 51 minutes
east. Twenty-eight crewmembers of the ICL Vikraman and a 2-year-old boy
are missing and five were rescued. The ICL Vikraman sank after breaking
in half. The ship was hit on the starboard side amidships and top of its
mast with a radar and antennas is visible above the water. The Mount 1
suffered a large hole near the watermark above the bulbous bow and anchored
at Port Dickson, Malaysia. The five rescued from the ICL Vikraman include
a cadet, Carthic Visakhapatnam, 21; the second engineer, Sanabala Kamaraju
and his wife, S. Neezima; the electrician, S. Puroshomyaman; and another
crewmember, V. Baharani. The missing 2-year-old boy is the son of Kamaraju
and Neezima. The five were rescued by the Laemthong Glory (Thai-registry
15,069-dwt dry cargo ship built in 1976, operated by Neptune Orient Lines
Ltd.) and the Royal Malaysian Navy's Kasturi-class Frigate K.D. Lekir (26).
The ICL Vikraman was sailing from Antwerp, Belgium, to Kaohsiung, Taiwan,
with steel products while the Mount 1 was sailing in ballast from India
to Singapore.

Seven dead, 17 missing after vessel capsizes off Spain

Seven people were killed and 17 are missing after a vessel sailing from
Ceuta, Spain, capsized near Tarifa, Spain, early 16 Sept. Seven people
were killed and 17 are missing. The group of about 30 people apparently
included Moroccan citizens attempting to enter Spain and two Spanish citizens
who arranged the transport. A French-registry yacht sailing from Gibraltar
rescued five survivors while Spanish government personnel found one other

Four missing after vessels collide in Hong Kong

The Magway (Myanmar-registry 13,055-dwt dry cargo ship built in 1985,
operated by Myanma Five Star Line) and a fishing vessel collided in the
inbound lane of the Lanma Channel in Hong Kong the morning of 26 Sept.
Four members of the fishing vessel's crew are missing. One person was rescued.

Crew rescued after Chinese patrol boat catches fire off Hong Kong

The crew of the Gong Bian (D 4406), a People's Liberation Army Navy
patrol boat from the Shenzhen Border Defense unit, were rescued 25 Sept.
after it caught fire off Sai Kung, Hong Kong.

Two stranded aboard fishing vessel in the Pacific

The Kaioni (U.S.-registry fishing vessel) ran aground on Beveridge Reef
late 16 Sept., 221 kilometers/138 miles southeast of Niue. The two crewmembers
(one British and one U.S. citizen) boarded a liferaft but it was holed
and they reboarded the vessel. The Pacprincess (Liberian-registry 36,913-dwt
bulk carrier built in 1986, operated by Lasco Shipping Co.) arrived in
the area 17 Sept. but weather prevented a rescue. Two Royal New Zealand
Navy ships, the frigate H.M.N.Z.S. Canterbury (F 421) and the replenishment
ship H.M.N.Z.S. Endeavour (A 11), were to arrive in the area shortly after.

Palm kernel oil spilled in English Channel collision

The Allegra (Liberian-registry 11,844-gt, 20,287-dwt, 163.5-meter/536.5-foot
motor tanker built in 1986, operated by Seaarland Shipping Management GmbH)
and the Ciboney (St. Vincent and the Grenadines-registry 1,933-gt, 2,980-dwt
motor bulk carrier built in 1978, operated by Wind Shipping ApS) collided
1 Oct. at 49 degrees 48 minutes north, 03 degrees 18 minutes west, in the
English Channel. The Allegra, carrying 20,000 tons of palm kernel oil,
was sailing from Belawan, Indonesia, to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with
32 crew, while the Ciboney was sailing from Immingham, England, to Spain
with grain. The No. 1 port cargo tank aboard the Allegra ruptured and at
least 900 tons of palm kernel oil spilled. The Ciboney suffered damage
to its forecastle and bow area. The ships were sailing in fog 46 kilometers/29
miles off Devon, England.

Fishing vessel damaged in collision with ro/ro off North Carolina

The Century Highway No. 1 (Panamanian-registry 15,237-dwt, 167-meter/549-foot
ro/ro built in 1984, operated by Kobe Nippon Kisen Kaisha Ltd.) and the
Strawberry (12-meter/40-foot fishing vessel) collided 27 Sept., 56 kilometers/35
miles southeast of Cape Lookout, N.C. The bow of the Strawberry was damaged
and the vessel began to flood but the crew was able to seal the forward
compartment. The Strawberry was to be escorted to Morehead City, N.C.,
by the U.S. Coast Guard's "Point"-class Patrol Boat U.S.C.G.C.
Point Huron (WPB 82357). The Century Highway No. 1 resumed its voyage to
Baltimore. A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.,
evacuated one person from the Strawberry after a request by the master.
However, there were no injuries on either vessel.

White Angel sinks near Quad Cities area

The White Angel sank in Dedermans Pond in the Quad Cities area of the
Mississippi River on 22 Sept. The vessel is lying on its side in up to
4.6 meters/15 feet of water with 35,000 liters/9,300 gallons of fuel aboard.
The three crew were rescued.

Tug sinks off Colombo

The tug Nigiri sank off Colombo, Sri Lanka, late 24 Sept. in a storm.

Moored barge damaged by tanker near Quebec

The Vekua (Maltese-registry 10,948-gt, 16,231-dwt, 151.31-meter/496.42-foot
motor tanker built in 1987, operated by Anglo-Georgian Shipping Co. Ltd.)
allided with the Elmglen (13,884-gt, 207-meter/678-foot barge built in
1952 by Port Weller Dry Docks Ltd. at St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada;
operated by Groupe Ocean Inc.) on 1 Oct. near Quebec at 46 degrees 49 minutes
north, 71 degrees 12 minutes west. The Vekua sustained slight damage to
its upper bow and has sailed for Tampa, Fla. The Elmglen, formerly a bulk
carrier, suffered a 0.6-meter/two-foot gash about 6.1 meters/20 feet above
the waterline and a 3.0-meter/10-foot dent.

Bulk carrier damages dock in Windsor

The Nea Doxa (Greek-registry 17,882-gt, 30,820-dwt, 188.14-meter/617.25-foot
motor bulk carrier built in 1984, operated by Fafalios Shipping S.A.) allided
with a dock at Morterm Ltd. in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on 1 Oct. The
ship sustained a small dent to its starboard side but the dock has considerable

Malaysian-registry tanker hits object in Strait of Malacca

The Rohas Ria (Malaysian-registry 6,000-gt, 7,276-gt tanker built in
1991, operated by Maritime Consortium Management Sdn. Bhd.) collided with
an object in the Strait of Malacca at 0150 28 Sept. The ship lost a lifeboat
in the collision and it reportedly sustained a dent to its starboard hull.
The Rohas Ria was sailing from Penang, Malaysia, to Port Dickson, Malaysia,
and was not carrying any cargo.

U.S. Coast Guard assists flooding fishing vessel

The Persuit (U.S.-registry 21-meter/70-foot fishing vessel homeported
at Portland, Maine) began taking on water 29 Sept., 54 kilometers/34 miles
northeast of Gloucester, Mass. A portable de-watering pump was lowered
to the three crew by a U.S. Coast Guard HH-60J Jayhawk helicopter and the
flooding was brought under control. The Coast Guard's "Island"-class
Patrol Boat U.S.C.G.C. Adak (WPB 1333) then escorted the fishing vessel
to Portland.

L.P.G. carrier grounds in Suez Canal

The Havprins (Norwegian-registry 33,535-gt, 40,605-dwt liquified petroleum
gas carrier built in 1974, operated by Bergesen dy A/S) ran aground at
Kilometer 125 of the Suez Canal on 30 Sept. while northbound.

Passenger vessels ground in Nile River

Two passenger vessels ran aground 30 Sept. in the Nile River in Egypt
and four more stopped operating after water levels dropped. Water was later
released from Lake Nasser through the Aswan High Dam, but it is not known
if the vessels have been refloated. Hundreds of people were stranded aboard
the ships.

Passenger ship with over 1,000 aboard loses power in Gulf of St. Lawrence

The Dreamward (Bahamian-registry 39,172-gt, 5,589-dwt, 190-meter/623-foot
passenger ship built in 1992, owned operated by Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd.)
docked in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada, early 1 Oct. after drifting in the
Gulf of St. Lawrence for more than 17 hours with 1,567 people aboard. An
electrical problem disabled propulsion on 30 Sept. The Canadian Coast Guard's
research vessel Hudson escorted the ship to Sydney. The Dreamward left
Montreal on 27 Sept. with 1,053 passengers and 514 crew on a cruise chartered
by a French firm. It then called at Quebec and was sailing to Sydney when
it lost power. The cruise will end in New York, after a rotation that included
New York; Boston; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Montreal; Quebec; Sydney; and New

Bulk carrier able to reach Oswego after propulsion failure

The Cuyahoga (Canadian-registry 8,796-gt, 16,104-dwt, 6,436-nt, 189-meter/620-foot
steam bulk carrier built in 1943 by American Shipbuilding Co. at Lorain,
Ohio; operated by Black Creek Shipping Co. Ltd.) had a propulsion failure
at 1100 29 Sept. off Oswego, N.Y. The ship was able to reach port at 1600
for repairs.

JIT-Trans suing FG-Shipping

JIT-Trans is suing FG-Shipping Oy A.B. regarding the capsizing of a
pusher barge in late December 1990. The vessel operated from Finland. JIT-Trans
is claiming 28.9 million Finnish marks/U.S.$5.44 million involving interests
and expenses. However, FG-Shipping says it was the manager while JIT-Trans
was responsible for its operation, and so it is not responsible.

More on the sinking of the Astoria

The Astoria (St. Vincent and the Grenadines-registry 1,140-gt motor
vessel built in 1956 in Germany, owned by Astoria Shipping Co.) sank in
a storm early 25 Sept. off Colombo, Sri Lanka, at 06 degrees 56.20 minutes
north, 79 degrees 49.00 minutes east. The ship was carrying 900 tons of
bagged cement and rice and was waiting for clearance before sailing to
Sri Lanka's Jaffna Peninsula. The crew of 25, including 12 Sri Lankan citizens
and two Philippine citizens, were rescued. The Goodwill (Pvt.) Ltd., the
Astoria's local agents, reported that the ship was anchored in the outer
harbor and sank after its cargo hold flooded.

Update on collision between the Sunwind and the Kamogawa

The Sunwind (St. Vincent and the Grenadines-registry 9,767-gt, 15,855-dwt
motor dry cargo ship built in 1979, owned by Cometas Shipping Co. Ltd.)
and the Kamogawa (10,829-gt, 17,712-dwt motor tanker built in 1993, operated
by Miwa Kaiun Co. Ltd. and owned by Tokyo Marine Co.) collided 19 Sept.
in the Strait of Malacca, 32 kilometers/20 miles from Port Kelang, Malaysia.
The bow of the Sunwind was torn off and its forward-most cargo hold began
flooding. It was taken in tow by a tug to Singapore after having departed
the port with rice for Africa. The Kamogawa was sailing to Singapore but
anchored at Port Kelang.

Eklof Marine to pay U.S.$7 million in fines for oil spill

Eklof Marine Corp., two subsidiaries and its president have agreed to
pay U.S.$7 million in fines as part of a plea agreement relating to Rhode
Island's worst oil spill. On 19 Jan., 1996, the North Cape (U.S.-registry
104-meter/340-foot long single-hull tank barge, built in 1976, owned and
operated by Eklof Marine) ran aground off Moonstone Beach near South Kingstown,
R.I. It was carrying 15 million liters/four million gallons of No. 2 heating
oil and damage to nine of 16 cargo tanks caused a spill of 3.15 million
liters/828,000 gallons. The barge was being towed from IMTT Terminal in
Bayonne, N.J., to Providence, R.I., by the Scandia (U.S.-registry 35.1-meter/115-foot
long tug, with 4,000-horsepower, built in 1969, owned and operated by Eklof
Marine) when an engine room fire began during in a storm. The six crew
abandoned the tug and were rescued. The tow then went aground. The barge
was refloated a week later and towed to New York while the tug was pulled
off the beach a month after the incident. As part of the agreement, Eklof
Marine acknowledges that the spill was the result of criminal negligence
that resulted in a tow improperly equipped to navigate in the weather it
experienced. The tug's master and the companies also said the spill occurred
after storm warnings were ignored. The agreement must be reviewed by federal
and state courts. The fine would be the largest criminal fines paid in
Rhode Island's history and the largest environmental fines ever in New


Higgins to be christened

The U.S. Navy's Arleigh Burke-class Guided-Missile Destroyer Higgins
(DDG 76) will be christened at 1430 4 Oct. at Bath Iron Works Corp. in
Bath, Maine. DDG 76 is named for Col. William Richard Higgins, U.S. Marine
Corps (1945-1990). Higgins was kidnapped in February 1988 while serving
as the chief of Observer Group Lebanon and the senior U.S. military observer
with the U.S. Truce Supervision Organization. After being held captive,
he was executed. Although the exact date is uncertain, he was declared
dead on 6 July, 1990. He was posthumously awarded the U.S. Presidential
Citizens Medal. Initially an infantry officer, Higgins graduated from Miami
University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1967 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant
through the Navy's Reserve Officer Training Corps. Higgins served two tours
in Vietnam, was a plans officer and later was military assistant to the
special assistant to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense. The
sponsor of the ship is retired Lt. Col. Robin L. Higgins, U.S. Marine Corps,
widow of the ship's namesake. Cmdr. James "Red" Smith, a native
of Chicago, is the prospective commanding officer. Authorized fiscal year
1993, the ship was ordered 21 Jan., 1993, and laid down 17 Nov., 1996.
The ship will join the U.S. Pacific Fleet and will be homeported in San

"The City of Light" to be postponed

Little, Brown & Co. said 29 Sept. it has postponed publication of
"The City of Light," a manuscript that supposedly shows that
an Italian-Jewish merchant reached China by water four years before Marco
Polo. Scheduled for publication 3 Nov., the book was said to be a manuscript
translated and edited by David Selbourne, a 60-year-old British citizen
who taught the history of ideas at Ruskin College of Oxford University
and wrote a book on political philosophy. Contacts made by the publisher
to researchers and historians in the field cast doubt on the authenticity
of the work, though Selbourne has stood by the work as genuine. A sister
company of Little, Brown will publish the book in England this month.