MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

INDEX BUREAU, CUSTOMS

CANCEL DRUG MEETINGA U.S. Customs Service and Marine Index Bureau conference on maritime anti-drug smuggling that was scheduled to start today has been canceled.

No formal explanation was given for the cancellation, but an index bureau source said there was a problem in getting all of the scheduled speakers lined up.

A new date for the conference has not been set.

The meeting was to have featured an in-depth review of Customs' sea carrier initiative.

OLE SKAARUP TO RECEIVE

CONN. SHIPPING AWARD

STAMFORD, Conn. - Ole Skaarup, chairman of Greenwich, Conn.-based Skaarup Shipping Corp., is to be awarded the Connecticut Maritime Association's Commodore Award tonight.

The award will be presented at a banquet marking the midpoint of the Connecticut association's Shipping '90 conference and trade exhibition.

The association is honoring Mr. Skaarup for his contributions to the debate on broad policy issues in international shipping and world commerce.

LOUISIANA YARD GETS

TRADE ZONE STATUS

LaROSE, La. - Commissioners of the Port of South Louisiana approved creation of a special-purpose foreign trade zone sub-zone for North American Shipbuilding Inc. in LaRose, La.

The shipyard recently won an $83.8 million charter contract to build and operate a research icebreaker.

''FTZ status will enable the company to import certain components that are not manufactured in the United States," said Warren Landry, port president. "And the savings of not having to pay Customs (duty) will keep the shipyard competitive with foreign firms."

The National Science Foundation project, which has been named the Cajun Icebreaker, will create about 250 jobs in the vicinity of the Port of South Louisiana, said Virginia Simons, assistant port director.

TANKER, RESCUE VESSEL

FREED FROM SANDBAR

NEW YORK - A ship carrying more than 400,000 gallons of gasoline was freed

from a sandbar Monday, nearly a day after a second tanker sent to rescue it also got stuck, officials said.

The ships ran aground at the western end of East Rockaway Inlet.

The first tanker, Poling Brothers Co. No. 8, was freed shortly after midnight during high tide, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer John Nay. The second tanker, Leona L., which got stuck on the same sandbar after it started to unload gasoline from the No. 8, reversed its engines to get off the sandbar at 7:40 p.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard said.

Neither tanker spilled any gasoline, and no injuries were reported.

LONG BEACH TO HONOR

20-YEAR PORT VETERAN

LONG BEACH, Calif, - The Long Beach maritime community May 2 will honor elmar baxter, who is retiring after serving in the communications division at the port for 20 years.

Proceeds from the Maritime Industry Sal;ute to Elmar Baxter will to benefit the International Seafarers Center of Long Beach.

The receiption and dinner will be held at the Spruce Goose Dome at the Port of Long Beach. For more information, call Daphne Wilson at 816-6501.