Propeller Club Elects
Officers in BaltimoreBALTIMORE - Philippe Masiee, vice president and general manager of W.J. Browning Co., has been elected president of the Propeller Club of Baltimore. He succeeds Malcolm MacLeod, president of Moran Towing Co.
Ed Rysner of the Maryland Port Administration has become executive vice president. Other officers include: vice president, Jim Bartlett, a lawyer; treasurer, Murray Valentine of Curtis Bay Co.; and secretary, Pat Bennett of Curtis Bay Towing Co.
MPA Gets Green Light
To Build Car Terminal
BALTIMORE - Maryland's Board of Public Works gave its approval to a Maryland Port Administration $18 million capital improvement program to build an automobile import terminal to be used by Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. under a long-term lease agreement.
The agreement guarantees that Toyota will keep Baltimore as its Middle Atlantic port of call for at least 15 years. The Board of Public Works agreed to the MPA's plan to pay $7.9 million for the 51-acre tract in Fairfield, which formerly belonged to Maryland Shipbuilding & Drydock Co.
The Fruehauf Corp., the Detroit-based transportation manufacturing company, closed the ship repair yard down in 1983 because of poor business conditions in the domestic industry.
LOS ANGELES - One of the largest customhouse brokers in the United States has completed consolidation of its Southern California import offices.
Michael Corr, general manager for the Fritz Companies brokerage operations there, said the company marked its combination of import operations
from El Segundo, Inglewood and downtown Los Angeles with an open house attended by 350 shippers.
Fritz moved its staff of 140 import brokers to a single floor in a high- rise office building at 9800 La Cienga Blvd. near Los Angeles International Airport, he said.
The company will continue to operate a second office in El Segundo for air freight, ocean exports and for consolidation of smaller shipments, he said. Fritz has 125 offices worldwide.
Barge, Tug Directory
LEXINGTON, Mass. - The fourth edition of the Directory of Large American Barges and Associated Towing Vessels was announced by its publisher, Temple, Barker & Sloane Inc., a Lexington-based engineering and consulting firm.
The directory, which sells for $150 a copy, includes 691 barge and 322 tug entries and historical coastwise ship and barge traffic data.
For details, contact the TBS Maritime and International Trade Group, 33 Hayden Ave., Lexington, Mass. 02173. (617) 867-7580.
Coast Guard Seizes
UK Vessel Off Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO - A 60-foot British ketch allegedly carrying 25 bales of marijuana was seized by a Coast Guard cutter on Tuesday about 130 miles west of Point Sur, according to the Coast Guard.
The Myth of Ecuria was boarded after permission was received from the British government, the service said in a statement.
The four crewmembers offered no resistance. The crew included two British citizens, a Bahamian and one U.S. citizen, according to the statement, which did not list any names.
The cutter Cape Romain seized the ketch 16 hours after the British vessel was spotted west of the Farallon Islands Monday as it headed toward San Francisco.