TO COLLABORATE IN UK
LONDON - Britain's shipping, shipbuilding and marine equipment industries say they have launched a new "era of cooperation." The three industry sectors hope to improve their international competitiveness by developing closer links with each other.
For example, British shipowners will alert British shipbuilders, ship repairers and marine equipment manufacturers when considering new ship orders or conversions and also provide specific feedback if bids are unsuccessful, explaining the reasons.
The Chamber of Shipping, the Shipbuilders' and Shiprepairers' Association and the British Marine Equipment Council will hold regular meetings to review the arrangement, consider further areas of cooperation and coordinate policies where relevant.
CLASS SOCIETIES TO POOL
ROLL-ON, ROLL-OFF DATA
LONDON - Members of the International Association of Classification Societies will coordinate their technical reviews of roll-on, roll-off ferries.
The 11 class societies said Wednesday that data gathered during inspections will be pooled as part of a fundamental review of this type of ship.
Classification societies and government marine safety agencies are examining the safety of roll-on ferries, focusing particularly on bow doors, following the sinking of the Estonia in September with the loss of more than 800 lives.
James Bell, permanent secretary of IACS, said the association
wanted to ensure a maximum exchange of information between its members.
The association also will be contributing to the International Maritime Organization's review of ferry safety at next month's meeting of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee.
SINGAPORE LINE POISED
TO BUY 5 NEW BOXSHIPS
SINGAPORE - Pacific International Lines (PIL), Singapore's largest privately
owned carrier, was reportedly set Wednesday to spend
US$150 million to purchase five containerships.
The carrier, founded in 1967, operates 52 ships, including two on charter. All but eight are
PIL is said to be negotiating with unidentified overseas yards for two or three 22,000-deadweight-ton ships with capacity for 1,300 20-foot containers, and two 17,000-dwt. vessels with capacity for 800 containers.
Under a previous fleet-renewal program, the carrier plans to sell some older tweendeckers, either
for scrap or for continued trading, and some smaller containerships.
SEARCH ENDS FOR SAILOR
FROM TURKISH SHIP
BOSTON - The Coast Guard has ended a search for a crewman reported missing from a Turkish freighter last weekend.
The sailor, identified as Dag Cemalletin, 27, was last seen before midnight Nov. 12 on the scrap metal carrier Erdal. The ship was anchored some five miles off the coast in winds of 10 to 15 knots and seas of two to three feet, said Petty Officer Phyllis Kay at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Boston.
The crewman's belongings were still on board and all flotation devices and life rafts remained with the ship. Coast Guard helicopters and boats searched 120 square miles around the vessel before suspending the search, Ms. Kay said.
No evidence of the man has been recovered.
CLINTON PLAN WOULD AID
CUBAN REFUGEE CHILDREN
WASHINGTON - The Clinton administration is working on a plan to grant ''humanitarian" asylum to more of the up to 3,000 children among the Cuban refugees now housed at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, a spokesman said.
The administration also reportedly is looking at allowing family members of the child refugees to accompany them.
If either or both policies are approved, they would partially reverse the administration's
decision in August to stop an exodus of boat people from Cuba by denying them entry to the United States.