WORK STOPPAGE ENDS
AT PORT OF KAKINADA
KAKINADA, India - Conditions at Kakinada were normal Wednesday after a one- day work stoppage that affected a vessel.
Loading and unloading work was finished Wednesday for one vessel, continuing on two, and starting on two other ships. The loading work had stopped Tuesday on one of the five vessels, but port officials gave no reasons for the stoppage.
Kakinada, a Bay of Bengal port in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, is a key export point for Indian commodities.
CUBAN EXODUS KEEPS
COAST GUARD BUSY
MIAMI - The U.S. Coast Guard stayed busy Wednesday intercepting an unending flow of Cubans fleeing their homeland, with more than 300 refugees picked up in the early morning hours.
A Coast Guard spokesman said 318 Cubans were rescued between midnight and 6 a.m. after 3,253 were picked up Tuesday. Tuesday's total alone almost matched the 3,656 Cuban refugees picked up by the Coast Guard in all of 1993. The Coast Guard has intercepted about 10,000 refugees since Friday.
HYUNDAI SHIP WORKERS
TO VOTE ON CONTRACT
SEOUL, South Korea - More than 25,000 workers at South Korea's largest shipyard are scheduled to vote today on a contract after ending a 61-day strike in support of demands for a pay raise and more fringe benefits.
Operations were returning to normal at the Hyundai Heavy Industries plant at Ulsan, 300 kilometers southeast of Seoul, after union members returned to work Wednesday, a Hyundai spokesman said.
The spokesman said the workers are expected to approve the plan and bring the shipyard back to normal.
Late Tuesday, union leaders agreed to a compromise plan providing for an 11.3 percent wage increase, a 50 percent increase in annual bonuses and additional rewards when sales rise above the annual goal.
CHINA'S GUANG'AO PORT
GUANGZHOU, China - Officials said Wednesday that construction of the Guang'ao deepwater port has started in the Shantou special economic zone of southern Guangdong province.
It will have 24 berths for ships of between 20,000 deadweight tons and 100,000 dwt., and annual handling capacity of more than 30 million metric tons.
The multipurpose wharf now under construction will have an 800-foot berth and 350-foot breakwater. The 300 million-yuan (US$35 million) project is expected to be completed in 1996 and will mainly serve the Shantou bonded area and the southern district of the city as well as eastern Guangdong.
The broad Guang'ao Bay has water depths of up to 33 feet.
SEAWAY TRAFFIC RISES
FROM '93 MIDPOINT
WASHINGTON - Midway through the 1994 shipping season for the St. Lawrence Seaway, connecting Atlantic Ocean traffic with Great Lakes ports, the U.S. seaway agency reported a 41 percent jump in lake-ocean transits from last year.
By Aug. 14, 551 ocean vessels had moved between Montreal and Lake Ontario through U.S. and Canadian locks, 161 more than at the same point in 1993, said the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.
Stanford Parris, agency administrator, credited aggressive marketing and a lower net fee structure for ships, although industry officials say a major reason has been surging steel imports to feed a growing U.S. economy.
The agency's robust midyear report also bolsters its case that pending talks with Canada's seaway agency on future-year fees should rule out any toll hikes that might reduce traffic, and perhaps even roll back tolls.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN TO MOVE
SUN VIKING TO FAR EAST
MIAMI - Royal Caribbean Cruise Line said it will move its 714-passenger Sun Viking to the Far East for year-round vacations in Southeast Asia, China and Japan beginning in December 1995. Embarkation cities will be Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo.