HAMPTON ROADS SET
RECORD FOR CARGO IN '94NORFOLK, Va. - The Port of Hampton Roads had a record year in 1994, handling almost 8 million tons of general cargo.
"We've had the best year in the history of the port," Joseph A. Dorto, general manager and chief executive of Virginia International Terminals Inc., said at a luncheon outlining the results.
VIT operates the Virginia Port Authority's three major terminals in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Newport News.
Tonnage of general cargo soared 15.9 percent last year compared with 1993, Hampton Roads' first down year in more than a decade. The only dark spot was in coal exports, which were down slightly in 1994.
The 7.96 million tons of general cargo handled last year was up from 6.87 million tons in 1993, Mr. Dorto said. General cargo includes goods shipped in containers and in breakbulk form, such as cocoa beans and steel.
The port handled 894,000 containers in 1994, up from 786,000 in 1993.
YARD GETS FERRY PACTS
IN QUEBEC BAILOUT PLAN
QUEBEC CITY, Quebec - The Quebec government announced two ferry contracts in a US$50 million bailout to save the MIL Davie Inc. shipyard on the St. Lawrence River near Quebec City.
The two contracts will provide 860 jobs at the yard, which several years ago employed more than 3000 workers.
Also announced was a six-year collective agreement with employees. It comprises a 15 percent reduction in labor costs.
Canada's federal government, which had in recent years kept the yard alive with defense contracts, recently refused to agree to a rescue package, saying market forces should determine the facility's future.
HELD IN US FOR REPAIRS
BOSTON - Coast Guard vessel inspectors Wednesday ordered a Maltese-flagged
bulk carrier to remain at Providence, R.I., after ascertaining repairs are need to its safety and electrical systems.
The 571-foot Friendly was en route to Providence to pick up a cargo of scrap metal when it was boarded Monday for inspection at the Cape Cod Canal's eastern end. The ship's past maintenance history made it a high-priority target for inspection upon approaching a U.S. port, said Coast Guard Commander Keith Ward of the Providence Marine Safety Office.
Inspectors found problems with the ship's lifeboats, fire mains and electrical system. The Friendly was prohibited from loading cargo or sailing
from Providence until repairs are made, Cmdr. Ward said.
The 15,548-ton ship is owned by Orient Shipping Ltd. of Valletta, Malta, and operated by Unipak Shipping & Trading of Karachi, Pakistan.
ALGERIA'S PORT TRAFFIC
INCREASED 1 PERCENT IN 1994
ALGIERS, Algeria - Total traffic through Algeria's ports in 1994 (imports and exports) rose to 82.2 million metric tons (90.42 million tons) from 81.2 million in 1993, the country's Transport Ministry said.
Hydrocarbons provided 77.5 percent of the traffic in 1994, or 63.7 million metric tons, according to the ministry.
Cement provided 1.5 million metric tons, metallurgical products 1.7 million, cereals 5.7 million and foodstuffs 3.4 million.
The total number of ships stopping over reached 15,000, up 3.8 percent on the previous year.
QUANZHOU PLANS TO BOOST
ANNUAL CAPACITY BY 2000
FUZHOU, China - Officials in southeastern Fujian province said Thursday that the medium-sized Port of Quanzhou plans to raise annual capacity to 10 million metric tons by 2000. It handled 5.5 million tons last year.
Plans call for expansion of the second phase of Houzhu harbor and building of two more 5,000-ton ore and container wharves in the 1996 to 2000 period.
The city will build a 35,000- to 50,000-ton container wharf in Xiaocuo, a 10,000-ton sundry goods wharf in Xiutu, a 10,000-ton wharf devoted to trade with Taiwan in Weitou, a 5,000-ton multipurpose wharf in Shijing harbor and a 10,000-ton wharf in Shenhu.