MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

GOTHENBURG PORT SETS

GENERAL CARGO RECORDGOTHENBURG, Sweden - The Port of Gothenburg had its best year ever in general cargo handling, moving 8.25 million tons of general cargo. Imports increased by 5 percent, and exports rose by 9 percent.

Shipments of paper, fruit and automobiles were especially strong.

Container traffic through Gothenburg jumped 3 percent during 1989, reaching the equivalent of 269,420 20-foot containers.

FMC CANCELS HEARING

ON ALLEGED REBATING

WASHINGTON - The Federal Maritime Commission canceled today's hearing on alleged rebating and other malpractices in the trans-Pacific trade.

The FMC issued a release Tuesday saying a key witness expected to testify is ill. The agency did not announce a new time for the hearing, which was set to begin at 10 a.m. at FMC headquarters in Washington.

The hearing is part of a long-term effort by the commission to end illegal practices.

BLUE STAR LINE ADDS

APIA PORT TO ITINERARY

SAN FRANCISCO - Blue Star Line, the shipping line that provides direct service to both islands of New Zealand, has added Apia, Western Samoa, to its schedule.

Effective immediately, Blue Star will provide service to Apia from all ports of call on the Pacific Coast. These include Vancouver, British Columbia; Tacoma, Wash.; Coos Bay, Ore.; San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Blue Star currently has direct service to neighboring American Samoa, and will operate a transshipment service between the ports of Pago Pago and Apia.

PCL CIVIL CONSTRUCTORS

GETS EVERGLADES PACT

PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. - The Port Everglades Authority awarded the largest single contract in its 63-year history. The winner was PCL Civil Constructors Inc.

The contract, worth $38.8 million, will provide an addition of 4,760 linear feet of bulkhead for the Port of Port Everglades' Southport Container Complex, including the south edge of the turning notch, about 2,740 linear feet of crane runway supported on cast-in-place piles, three roll-on roll-off ramps at the south end, a 500-foot-long finger pier and other improvements.

NEDLLOYD ADDS VESSEL

TO AUSTRALIA SERVICE

SAN FRANCISCO - Nedlloyd Lines said it has added a new vessel, Nedlloyd Madras, to its service from North American West Coast ports to Australia and New Zealand.

The Nedlloyd Madras, with an onboard 40-ton crane, can carry up to 600 20- foot cargo containers.