MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

CHILE SEEKS BUILDER,

OPERATOR FOR NEW PORTSANTIAGO, Chile - The government of Chile is seeking bids for the design, construction and operation of a new $25 million commercial port at Bahia Catalina, Punta Arenas.

Local and international firms are invited to pre-qualify for the contract, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications. The company that builds the port will receive a government grant to operate it for a maximum of 50 years. When the term is over, the works done at the port will be kept by the government of Chile.

Participating firms must consider an investment of $25 million to design, construct and operate the port. The bid deadline is July 2.

Tender documents and technical specifications can be obtained by writing before March 30 to: Gabinete del Ministro, C. Ministerio de Transporte y Telecomunicaciones, Santiago, Chile. Refer to: Puerto Bahia Catalina.

MISS. GOVERNOR SIGNS

RIVERBOAT GAMBLING BILL

JACKSON, Miss. - Riverboat gambling will be allowed in Mississippi beginning April 1 under a bill signed into law by Gov. Ray Mabus.

Proponents have touted the measure as a way to boost tourism in communities along the Mississippi River. Gov. Mabus signed the bill Tuesday.

In Mississippi, boats at least 150 feet long and capable of carrying a minimum 250 passengers would be allowed to open casinos on the waterway.

The state would license the boats, which could open their casinos while moving or docked.

BROKERS GROUP ELECTS

JOHN BRADY PRESIDENT

LOS ANGELES - John E. Brady, president of Bill White Inc. in Los Angeles, was elected president of the Los Angeles Customs and Freight Brokers Association Inc.

Mr. Brady replaces Clive Costley, vice president of L.E. Coppersmith, who was named chairman.

Enrico Salvo, president of Carmichael International, was elected vice president of the organization. Brenda Stringfield, manager of administration at William Stringfield, was elected secretary and Eric Jones, president of Eric Jones Customs Brokers, was named treasurer.

TWO LINES SEEK REVIEW

OF MARAD CARGO RULING

WASHINGTON - Two ocean carriers involved in trade between the United States and Puerto Rico are taking another stab at blocking a Maritime Administration order imposing restrictions on them.

Sea-Land Service Inc., Edison, N.J., and the Puerto Rico Maritime Shipping Authority, which operates vessels as Navieras de Puerto Rico, have asked Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner to review an amended version of the Marad order.

The order, issued Jan. 31 and amended by the agency last month, requires subsidy-built vessels in the U.S.-Puerto Rico trade to carry a minimum of 25 percent foreign cargo on each round-trip voyage. It takes effect April 1.

The secretary recently refused an earlier request from the carriers to review and block the order. Government sources said it isn't likely the second request will be granted.

Both Sea-Land and Navieras operate subsidy-built Lancer-class ships in the trade.