MERCEDES DELIVERY PACTWilhelmsen Lines said it won a three-year, global contract to deliver vehicles for Germany's Mercedes-Benz AG.

''The contract calls for Wilhelmsen Lines to carry the full range of Mercedes-Benz models,'' said an announcement from the carrier in Lysaker, Norway.

The contract calls for service on five routes - Europe to Australia and New Zealand; Europe to Southeast Asia and Far East; Europe to South Africa; South Africa to Australia; and North America to Australia and New Zealand.

''Wilhelmsen Lines and Mercedes-Benz have been working closely together for nearly 10 years. We are delighted that, once again, this very important customer has demonstrated its faith in us by cementing our strategic alliance well into the future,'' said Rune Loew, Wilhelmsen vice president.

''Global coverage was one of their prime objectives. Our extensive network of trades, including service in and out of South Africa, was a key factor leading Mercedes-Benz to decide in our favor,'' Mr. Loew said.



CHARLESTON, S.C. - A firm focusing on admiralty, maritime and other transportation issues was formed here.

The firm, Raley, Bluestein & Marshall LLP, ''provides a full range of legal services in the maritime and transportation area, including cargo damage, loss and misdelivery claims, insurance subrogation claims, and enforcement of maritime liens,'' said an announcement.

The firm was formed by S. Scott Bluestein, R. Randall Bridwell, T. Keith Marshall and Charles H. Raley.

Mr. Bluestein was formed with the maritime practice group of Lemle & Kelleher in New Orleans; Mr. Bridwell and Mr. Raley were formly with Raley & Associates of Charleston; and Mr. Marshall was formerly with Maritime Legal Resources in Charleston.

The firm can be reached at (800) 577-3091 or e-mail at Maritime(AT)Charleston.Net.