Kirk Vessel Seized
After Drug IncidentsA Cayman Island firm's cargo ship was seized indefinitely by U.S. Customs Service officials, who say the company's vessels have been involved in 22 drug-smuggling incidents. Kirk Shipping Lines was fined more than $100 million.
Customs spokesman Michael Sheehan said Saturday that the action was taken in the wake of a Jan. 30 incident in which the 356-foot Mercandian Supplier II brought 12,000 pounds of marijuana into the port of Miami.
The fine against Kirk is based on a federal drug law that permits a vessel to be seized and a fine of $8,000 to be levied for each pound of marijuana.
Ailing Taiwan Yard
May Build Warships
TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's ailing state-owned shipbuilding company may receive orders to build a fleet of destroyers for the nationalist navy, a newspaper reported.
The mass-circulation United Daily News, quoting unnamed sources, said the navy has been discussing the 10-year project with the China Shipbuilding Corp.
Several local magazines have reported that Taiwan's navy needs to replace its 24 aging destroyers with new warships.