US DOCKERS GET PRIORITY
AS BILL CLEARS CONGRESS
ANCHORAGE - Congress approved a bill last week that would allow the Alaska fishing industry to hire foreign longshoremen to load and unload ships only if U.S. workers can't be found, said Sen. Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young.
The bill was prompted by the situation in remote areas of western Alaska, where Japanese trampers and other foreign ships sometimes have a hard time
finding enough longshore labor to handle their cargo.
The bill amends the 1990 Immigration Act, which offered no guarantees that U.S. laborers, when available, would win out over foreign workers for the longshoreman jobs, Rep. Young said.
The bill would create an "Alaska exception" in which employers could use foreign workers only after checking with stevedoring companies and dock operators for local labor.
Rep. Stevens also has gained approval for a measure that would exempt fishing boats and fishing tender boats from classification as tank vessels required to prepare vessel response plans for oil spills.
PORT OF LAKE CHARLES
LEADS IN AID EXPORTS
LAKE CHARLES, La. - The Port of Lake Charles said it is the nation's leader in exporting food aid cargo.
Ulysses J. de St. Germain Jr., the port's executive director, said food aid cargo has increased sharply to 340,000 tons in 1992 from 115,407 tons in 1988. Through October, more than 480,000 tons of food aid cargo has gone over the city docks.
This food aid program was started 36 years ago to provide food aid to Third World and underdeveloped countries. Under this program, millions of tons of U.S. commodities have been donated to people overseas in Central and South America, Ethiopia, Somalia, Haiti, Russia, Armenia and other countries that need food.
The port of Lake Charles said one ton of general cargo represents a $50 economic impact on southwest Louisiana and a $73 impact on the state.
SOUTHERN OCEANS BEGINS
COOS BAY SERVICE
COOS BAY, Ore. - Southern Oceans Container Line, which runs a service from the U.S. West Coast to the South Pacific, started to call last month at Coos Bay.
Southern Oceans, an independent shipping line, started operating in May and calls at Long Beach and Oakland, Calif., in the United States. Its vessels go to Papeete, Tahiti; Pago Pago, Samoa; and Auckland and Tauranga, New Zealand.
Jeremy Jayasuriya, managing director of Southern Oceans, said Coos Bay was significant as a timber source, especially for Papeete. Southern Oceans, based in Auckland, expects to take about 400,000 board feet of timber every month
from Coos Bay.
Merit Steamship Agency Inc., general agents in the United States and Canada for Southern Oceans, opened an office in Coos Bay, headed by Drew Emmett. He was formerly port superintendent for Glenbrook Nickel Co. in Coos Bay.
PORT OF BALTIMORE HIRES
LONDON - The Port of Baltimore has appointed a European representative in a bid to build new business.
Inchcape Shipping Services, the London-based marine services company, will represent Baltimore in Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France and Scandinavia.
Baltimore, which expects to handle more than 25 million tons of imports and exports this year, wants to attract more services.
CHELSEA, MASS., OFFICE
KEARNY, N.J. - Scanfreight Inc. said it opened an office in Chelsea, Mass., to serve full and less-than-full containerload customers in all New England states except Connecticut.
Scanfreight Inc. is the U.S. unit of AB Scanfreight of Sweden, which is owned by the Swedish transportation giant Bilspedition AB.
HERBERGER TO SPEAK
TO ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
NEW YORK - Albert J. Herberger, U.S. maritime administrator, will address the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association at noon on Dec. 9 in a joint luncheon with the Propeller Club at the Roosevelt Hotel.
The luncheon costs $45 a person, and reservations may be sent to James T. Shirley Jr., in care of Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens, 195 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10017, or call (212) 341-7000.