MEMORIAL SERVICE SET
FOR 'K' LINE OFFICIALTOKYO - A memorial service will be held Jan. 20 for Shiro Nagumo, chairman of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd., who died at Toranomon Hospital Dec. 19. He was 66.
A wake was held Dec. 21, followed by a funeral on Dec. 22.
The memorial service, conducted by ''K'' Line, will take place at Aoyama Funeral Home here.
CHINA SHIPBUILDING TO DELIVER
VESSEL TO RICKMERS SOON
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan - The first of nine ships being built by China Shipbuilding Corp. for German-based Rickmers will be delivered soon, the state-run yard said.
The Alexandra Rickmers is 187 meters (613 feet) long and 32 meters (105 feet) abeam, with capacity equivalent to 2,226 20-foot containers.
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
IN OPERATION IN CHINA
NANJING, China - A vessel traffic management system has gone into operation on a 225-mile section of the lower Yangtze River, equipped with radar, microwave transmission, data processing display, meteorological and vessel information facilities.
Officials said the system offers vessel supervision, traffic coordination, salvage, pollution prevention and information services.
The system, costing 100 million yuan ($12 million), covers a stretch of water from Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, to Nantong just north of Shanghai.
OIL TANKERS INTRODUCE
ALIEN FORM OF PLANKTON
ANCHORAGE - Tankers loading oil from a trans-Alaska pipeline have helped introduce alien forms of plankton in Prince William Sound, a study says.
The study found that oil tankers heading to the sound carried in their ballast water four non-indigenous species of zooplankton, or plankton consisting of animals, that originally came from Asia and later spread throughout San Francisco Bay.
Whether the tiny organisms pose a threat to the icy sound would be the subject of further study, said Gary Sonnevil, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fisheries biologist who served as project manager for the study.
Because of its busy traffic from oil tankers, Prince William Sound ranks third in the United States in the volume of ballast water released in the region by ships, Mr. Sonnevil said.