Texas Firm to Provide

Phone Service to ShipsInternational Telecharge Inc. signed a contract with Niagara Communications Inc. to provide operator-assisted long-distance service to freighter, cruise, fishing and recreational ships on the East Coast.

NCI's nine maritime public radiotelephone stations cover an area on the East Coast from Maine to Delaware, and up to 60 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean.

James Smith, executive vice president, sales and marketing, said the potential ITI revenue from the contract is $2 million a year.

American Steamship

Wants to Scrap Ships

WASHINGTON - American Steamship Co., Buffalo, N.Y., wants permission of the Maritime Administration to sell two of its bulk carriers to Corostel Trading Ltd., West Montreal, Quebec, for scrapping.

The vessels are Consumer Power and John T. Hutchinson, built in 1927 and 1943, respectively. Marad permission is required to dispose of U.S.-registered ships.

Pact Let for Repairs

To Training Vessel

WASHINGTON - The Maritime Administration awarded a $417,528 contract to Amertech Industries Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y., for repairs to the training ship Empire State of the State University of New York's Maritime College at Fort Schuyler.

The topside and engine room repairs, overhaul of the air-conditioning and reefer systems, and servicing of lifeboats and their davits are to be completed within 40 days, the agency said.

Marine Diesel Systems

Topic of Marad Report

WASHINGTON - The Maritime Administration has released a technical report on enhancing the performance and durability of marine diesel propulsion systems.

The report was prepared under a cost-sharing arrangement by Seaworthy Systems Inc. and the University of California with cooperation from Ingram Barge Lines Inc. and General Motor's Electromotive Division.

The report, Enhanced Marine Diesel Engineer Performance and Component Durability, can be obtained through the National Technical Information Service, 5285 Port Royal Rd., Springfield, Va., 22161, Order No. PB88-162946/ AS.