SOVIET OFFICIAL EXPECTS
LITTLE CHANGE IN FLEETHAMBURG, West Germany - The size of the Soviet merchant fleet is likely to remain stable or decline in the near future, said V. Kornilov, head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Ministry of Merchant Marine.
Speaking here last week at the International Liner Symposium IV, Mr. Kornilov said, One can arrive at the conclusion that no significant growth of the Soviet merchant marine is to be expected in the coming years. On the contrary, there are signs indicating a decrease in the total capacity.
The fleet's size is likely to fluctuate about 20 million deadweight tons, he said. This projection follows a period of significant growth. During the 10 years ending in 1985, the Soviet fleet grew from 15.9 million dwt. to 20.4 million dwt.
However, the fleet will be renewed and modernized, Mr. Kornilov said.
INSTITUTE SEEKS ESSAYS
ON WORLD'S NAVIES
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The U.S. Naval Institute is seeking essays for this year's prize writing program on international navies.
Essays are limited to 3,500 words and should address influences on navies, their commitments and capabilities. First prize is $1,000.
This year, a photo contest has been added to encourage art work about ships, their people and their activities.
Deadline for entries is Aug. 1. For more information, call Jennifer Crosby at (310) 268 6110.
CONFERENCE TO ASSESS
NEW YORK - The U.S. Atlantic & Gulf Ecuador Freight Association has announced a congestion surcharge at the Port of Guayaquil, Ecuador, effective July 15.
The surcharge will be assessed as follows: breakbulk, $8, weight measure; 20-foot container, $100; 40-foot container, $200; vehicles and boats, $8 weight, minimum of $50 each unit.
ON LINE IN LE HAVRE
PARIS - The Port of Le Havre brought its new mixed cargo terminal at the
entrance to the port on line on May 28.
The first ship to berth at the Combi-Terminal Floride was Ocean-Star of the Ocean Star Container Line, a member of the Contship consortium.
This was the first call at Le Havre on the consortium's new round-the- world service linking Halifax, Nova Scotia; New York; Portsmouth, Va.; Norfolk, Va.; and Savannah, Ga.; Papeete, Tahiti; and Auckland, New Zealand. Other European port calls are Hamburg, West Germany; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and Felixstowe in Great Britain.
The new Le Havre terminal, built at a cost of 118 million francs ($21.4 million), is equipped with one mobile crane capable of handling 20-foot and 40-foot containers and two conventional cranes.
The Pointe de Floride at the mouth of the harbor previously consisted only of conventional cargo-handling facilities.
PLANS MIAMI OFFICE
MIAMI - Concorde Shipping Inc., managing agent for Concorde Line Central America Service, will open an office here in July.
The company has asked that inquiries be directed to the following phone numbers: (305) 591-4440, and in New Orleans, corporate headquarters, (504) 525-1576.
NAVY DIVERS TO BEGIN
RAISING HISTORIC FERRY
NEW YORK - U.S. Navy divers arrived here Tuesday to begin raising the sunken double-decked ferry that brought 12 million immigrants to the shores of New York and New Jersey.
The ferry, named Ellis Island, will be refloated because it has been a navigational hazard since it sank in 1968, Edie Shean- Hammond, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, said Monday from her Boston office.
The Park Service is opening a museum on Ellis Island in the fall of 1989, and the channel must be dredged for newer ferries.
A Naval Reserve unit from Chicago was setting up for an initial dive today. The divers will work through June 16.