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OOCL Reduces Time

For Service to BangkokOAKLAND, Calif. - The Orient Overseas Container Line has upgraded its service from the West Coast to Bangkok, Thailand, with a savings on one week.

The company said eastbound customers also will gain additional loading time in Bangkok with an extended two-day cutoff time.

The time savings was achieved by changing the rotation schedule on Bangkok feeder vessels. Customers now have a 22-day service from the Pacific Northwest and a 23-day service from the Pacific Southwest.

After arrival in Hong Kong, cargo will depart Sunday on the fixed-day feeder service with arrival in Bangkok on Friday.

OOCL (USA) and OOCL (Canada) represent the line in North America.

Commission to Review

Taiwanese Carrier Deal

WASHINGTON - The Federal Maritime Commission will review a law judge's approval of an agreement to settle complaints against three Taiwanese carriers. The complaints alleged that the carriers discussed and tried to set rates without agency permission.

Under the settlement, Yang Ming Marine Transport, Evergreen Marine Corp. and Orient Overseas Container Line do not admit that they committed any violation, but agree to pay the FMC $133,333.33 each. The settlement includes a cease-and-desist order.

Administrative Law Judge Joseph N. Ingolia urged acceptance of the settlement Feb. 3, contending that the proposed arrangement balances FMC enforcement policy with the prospectively high litigative and administrative costs of continuing the case.

FMC's one-sentence notice did not elaborate on the reasons for the review.

Marad Publishes

3 Technical Studies

WASHINGTON - The Maritime Administration has issued three new technical studies:

Summer Multi-Year Ice Properties in the Beaufort Sea, October 1982, focuses on reducing risks associated with arctic marine transportation. Order No. PB88-158415.

Yaw/Roll Control Design for High Speed Containerships deals with a growing problem of unpredictable and even catastrophic performance of some ship types with automatic steering control. Order No. PB88-159025.

Rotary Jet Flow Induction for Marine Propulsion shows tests of rotary jet performance under heavy loading such as a tugboat would experience. Order No. PB88-158076.

The reports are available from the National Technical Information Service, 3285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, Va. 22161.

Wreck Reveals Secrets

Of Design in 1700s

FREMANTLE, Australia - Divers Friday said they found silver bullion on the wreck of an early 18th century Dutch trading ship that sank off western Australia 76 years before Europeans settled the island continent.

We've also raised cannon and ceramics, but a lot of the stuff is heavily fragmented, said Graham Henderson, curator of maritime archaeology at the Maritime Museum in Western Australia. He said the vessel Zuypdorp foundered off the coast in 1712.

Mr. Henderson said the Dutch wreck was significant because no plans exist of trading ships from that period. This is the only way we can get a good idea of the layout of the ship, how it was put together and so on, Mr. Henderson told the Associated Press.

1987 Was Record Year

For Oslo, Norway

OSLO, Norway - The port of Oslo enjoyed a record year in 1987 as the amount of cargo handled increased by 16,000 tons to 5.7 million tons.

A growing volume of exports is credited with increasing the port's cargo- handling figures. During 1987, Oslo handled 75,000 more tons of export cargo than it did during the previous year.

Export goods accounted for almost 1 million tons of the total, with paper, iron and chemicals contributing most to the increase.

The volume of imports through the port decreased, due mainly to less demand for oil and gasoline.