INTERTANKO UNVEILS FORUM
FOR SHORT-SEA MEMBERSLONDON - A forum for members who operate ships in the short-sea trades was established by the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners.
Tanker operators active in the short-sea trades will be promoting the advantages of sea transport over land transport for oil, gas and chemicals.
Delegates at the group's inaugural meeting in Gothenburg agreed to highlight the safety and environmental advantages of sea transportation.
However, the shipowners acknowledge that subsidization of land transport and unfair apportioning of infrastructure and environmental costs create ''severe competitive disadvantages'' for seaborne transport.
Intertanko represents 255 tanker companies that operate about 155 million deadweight tons of tanker tonnage, equivalent to 70 percent of the world's independent tanker fleet.
RENO AIR ATTENDANTS
SEEK TO UNIONIZE
WASHINGTON - Flight attendants at Reno Air have filed for representation by the Teamsters, the union announced.
The Teamsters said the 500 attendants sought union representation because of the company's poor pay and benefits as well as lack of respect.
The 4-year-old airline based in Reno, Nev., earned $2 million in 1996, the Teamsters said.
A statement from the Teamsters said the attendants earn, ''at most,'' $900 to $1,000 a month and have no health insurance benefits.
Reno Air officials were unavailable for comment.
JOINT VENTURE TO DEVELOP
AND MANAGE AIRPORTS
TORONTO - Trizechahn Corp. has formed a joint venture with Airport Development Corp. to develop and manage airports and terminals in North America and overseas.
The new company, ADC/Trizechahn Airports, was formed to take advantage of the increasing trend toward airport privatization and the strong growth in air passenger traffic.
Trizechahn is an owner, developer and manager of real estate with holdings in the United States, Canada and Central Europe.
Airport Development Corp. developed the $600 million Trillium Terminal 3 at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, the first such privatization project in North America. This spring, it starts construction on a new terminal at Ferihegy Airport in Budapest.
IN GRAND THEFT CASE
SALINAS, Calif. - A broker who shipped produce throughout the United States was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to six counts of grand theft.
John Montes, 52, bilked dozens of trucking companies over the past decade, said prosecutors.
He managed to stay in business despite defaulting on more than $730,000 in court judgments for unpaid debts. He operated under several different fictitious business names in Salinas, Monterey, Del Rey Oaks and Seaside.
Dick Gilbert, the former owner of a Fresno trucking company, won an $85,000 judgment against Mr. Montes 20 years ago. He said he has never been able to collect because Mr. Montes didn't have real estate or other assets.
None of the trucking companies and drivers who won judgments ever received so much as a nickel from the broker, said prosecutors.
Mr. Montes' sister, Norma Linda Matus, 40, of Salinas, who pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of grand theft for aiding him, received four months in jail.