ATLANTICARGO TO CALL
AT NORFOLK IN NOVEMBERJERSEY CITY, N.J. - After more than 20 years of regular service to and from the U.S. South Atlantic, Florida and Gulf, Atlanticargo will add Norfolk, Va., to its weekly service starting in early November.
''This move follows strong requests from the market to provide a wider geographical coverage,'' said a statement from Strachan Shipping Co., ship agents and stevedores based in Jersey City.
Norfolk will be the last port of loading in the United States, and likewise in the westbound direction, Norfolk will be the first U.S. discharge port. The rotation in Europe is Rotterdam; Bremen, Germany; Tilbury, England; and Rotterdam. ''By adding Norfolk to its weekly service, Atlanticargo will cover the entire industrialized Southern USA, including the Midwest,'' the agent said. For further information regarding Atlanticargo and its service and sailing schedules, check the Web site: www.
atlanticargo.com or contact Strachan Shipping Co. in Norfolk (757) 624-9120.
ORDERS CLIMB 92 PERCENT
TOKYO - Japan's export shipbuilding orders for August surged 92 percent from a year earlier to 771,490 gross tons for a total of 19 vessels, the Japan Ship Exporters Association said. Japanese shipbuilders received orders for 10 bulk carriers totaling 342,690 tons in August. Orders for nine oil tankers came to 428,800 tons.
CHINA'S DAFENG PORT
TO INVEST IN SHIPS
NANJING, China - The Port of Dafeng in Jiangsu province said Wednesday it will invest 260 million yuan ($31 million) to construct two berths suitable for 5,000-ton ships before the end of the decade.
SET FOR MID-NOVEMBER
NEW YORK - The Maritime Association of the Port of New York/New Jersey will hold its 1997 National Dredging Conference Nov. 18-19. Contact: Nancy Grenda, (212) 425-5704, or fax (212) 635-9498.
A GREEN SOLUTION
TO A MESSY PROBLEM
LONDON - Britain's Environment Agency on Wednesday threw 500 cucumbers into the Irish Sea to find out why sheep droppings are floating ashore on British beaches.
The biodegradable cucumbers have been painted in five different colors to be dropped off at different marine ''launch sites.'' They were chosen because they float below the surface and are driven by tides, not wind. ''It may seem unusual but cucumbers are ideal for this experiment,'' said agency spokesman Mike Weston. Scientists want to pinpoint where sheep droppings, which sometimes appear on beaches at the popular northern English resort of Blackpool, are coming from.