ILA Puts Off Search

For Executive VPThe International Longshoremen's Association is holding off on

finding a replacement for its former executive vice president, Donald Carson, who resigned last month following his conviction on racketeering charges.

ILA President John Bowers told a group of high-ranking officials from the dock union Wednesday that he still believes Mr. Carson is innocent and that his conviction will be reversed on appeal. Sentencing is set for May 23.

Shipbuilding Orders

Fall 40 percent in S. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's shipbuilding orders decreased more than 40 percent so far this year from the same period in 1987 because of a rapid appreciation in the country's currency, industry officials said.

Orders received so far consist of 626,300 gross tons of export ships and 800 gross tons of domestic ships, the officials said.

But they added that despite the sluggish orders, local ship makers still have a combined outstanding order of 6 million tons.

Todd Shipyards Loses

Bid for Greek Contract

LOS ANGELES - Todd Shipyards Corp., which filed for protection from creditors last summer, has lost a $1 billion contract bid from the Greek navy, which chose a West German shipbuilder to construct four frigates.

Todd offered a lower bid, but the West German government offered Greece an incentive military package that includes 75 tanks and 25 jet fighters, said Dick Grothen, general manager of Todd's San Pedro yard.

Italian Court Upholds

Achille Lauro Sentences

ROME - Italy's highest court on Tuesday upheld an appeals court ruling in the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship, including conviction and a life sentence for fugitive Palestinian leader Mohammed Abbas.

After a three-hour hearing, the Court of Cassation rejected appeals by the defendants and let stand the May 23, 1987, convictions and sentences decided by an appeals court in Genoa, the Mediterranean port where the ill- fated cruise began.