MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

Norwegians May Drop

UK Reflagging PlanHELSINKI, Finland - Norwegian shipowners appear likely to drop a proposal to register their vessels under the British flag in order to secure naval protection in Persian Gulf waters.

We accept that they have advised us against reflagging, said Kjell Olsson, a director of the Norwegian Shipowners Association, after meetings Tuesday with the British embassy in Oslo, Norway, and the Norwegian Trade and Industry Ministry.

There is little likelihood that Norwegian vessels will be allowed onto the register, said an embassy source, who asked not to be named.

Norwegian Trade and Industry Minister Finn Kristensen had said Monday that he was against the reflagging scheme and that the Norwegian government would block such a move.

U.K. officials strongly advised the NSOA against reflagging, the embassy source said. U.K. naval resources in the gulf could not cope with a large influx of Norwegian vessels onto the U.K. register, or with ships from other countries that might also seek reflagging, the source said.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Reports Profit Increase

MIAMI - Carnival Cruise Lines Inc. has reported net income of $46 million, or $0.34 per share, on revenue of $152.9 million, for the first quarter ended Feb. 29.

It represents a 76 percent increase in net income, up from $26.1 million posted during the same quarter a year ago.

Maersk Pays Fine

To Settle Complaint

WASHINGTON - A.P. Moller-Maersk Line has paid a $10,000 fine to settle a complaint that it failed to bill a shipper for the correct amount of freight due on a shipment of vegetables from California to Hong Kong, the Federal Maritime Commission reported.

Maersk, a Danish-flag operator, denied any wrongdoing in making the settlement, the agency noted.

Orient Overseas Moves

Office in Ontario

OAKLAND, Calif. - Orient Overseas Container Line (Canada) Inc. has relocated its Toronto office to 191 The West Mall, Suite 900, Etobicoke, Ontario M9C 5K1. The new telephone number is (416) 620-4040.

The move is part of the company's relocation of its Canadian divisional headquarters from Montreal to Toronto. OOCL (Canada) represents Orient Overseas Container Line, Manchester Liners and Navicana.

Budget Plan Addresses

Coast Guard Functions

WASHINGTON - House passage of the fiscal 1989 federal budget package last week included sense of Congress language regarding Coast Guard drug interdiction.

Noting the agency is unable to devote sufficient manpower and materials to carry out the war against drugs, the House said the private sector should be more fully utilized to perform non-emergency, non-essential Coast Guard functions.

Use of private resources would free up the agency to devote more resources to law enforcement, military readiness and emergency search and rescue functions.

Amspec Gets Approval

As Import Gauger

WASHINGTON - Amspec Inc., Linden, N.J., has been added to the list of approved gaugers of imported petroleum, petroleum products, single organic chemicals in

bulk and animal and vegetable oils, the Customs Service announced.

The approval, initially good for six months, permits Amspec to be used in all Customs districts.