CONTINUES TO SHRINKFRANKFURT, West Germany - The size of the West German-flagged merchant fleet shrank by 15 vessels this year to 273 ships totaling 3.796 million deadweight metric tons, the West German Shipowners Association said.
The figures include all oceangoing ships owned by association members except coastal and fishing vessels.
A decrease in the number of ships owned by Germans and an increase in the number of German-controlled vessels registered abroad caused the decline.
During the period, the number of German-managed ships flying foreign flags grew by four to 378 vessels totaling 6.378 million deadweight tons. The total number of vessels owned by Germans dropped by 11 to 651 vessels totaling 10.174 million deadweight tons.
High domestic wages and the strong deutsche mark have increased competitive
pressure on German shipowners, the association said.
Germany probably will decide this year whether to create a second ship registry. Such a registry would allow for the first time foreign sailors to work on German vessels according to the wage and social benefits laws of the sailors' homeland.
TO BOOST RATES OCT. 1
NEW YORK - U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Ports/Eastern Mediterranean and North African Freight Conference members have announced rate increases.
Effective Oct. 1, the new prices will include the following hikes:
* On rates up to $180 for weight/measure, $5 a unit.
* All weight-rated commodities, $10.
* Per 20-foot box, $100.
* Per 40-foot box, $200.
Robert Cabrera, conference chairman, said the new prices represented the first general increase since February 1986.
He attributed the need for the higher fees to the general effect of rising costs on all fronts for carrier operations.
Conference members are: Constellation Navigation Inc., Farrell Lines Inc., Lykes Bros Steamship Co., Nordana Line and Waterman Steamship Corp.
Mr. Cabrera stressed that if the increases should prove to be a hardship on companies trading in conference ports, requests for adjustments would be entertained.
UNIONS CONTINUE STRIKE
AT NATIONAL STEEL YARD
SAN DIEGO - A strike at National Steel & Shipbuilding Co. entered its sixth day Monday with no negotiations scheduled between company and union officials.
Company officials say the shipyard will continue to operate by putting salaried and contract employees to work on Navy ship construction and repair contracts.
Members of six unions representing 1,000 workers walked out last week after year-long negotiations failed to resolve differences over wages and contract language in the company's contract offer.
The striking unions include Teamsters, ironworkers, painters, carpenters, machinists and operating engineers.
MEXICO ARRESTS 17
IN MARIJUANA SEIZURE
MEXICO CITY - Mexican military personnel seized 30 tons of marijuana and arrested 17 people on board a ship off the western coast, the Excelsior News Service reported Sunday.
Gen. Vinicio Santoyo Feria said the ship's crew had ferried the drug from Thailand and was off-loading at a tiny island several miles off the Jalisco state coast when the arrests were made.
EAC LINES, AGENCY
WASHINGTON - EAC Lines Transpacific Services Ltd. has agreed to pay the Federal Maritime Commission $5,000 to settle allegations that it, EAC, had failed to collect deficit charges specified in its service contracts.
The Nassau, Bahamas carrier, in agreeing to pay the civil penalty, did not admit any violations of the 1984 Shipping Act.