MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

FMC PLANS TO DISCUSS

ENFORCEMENT EFFORTSFederal Maritime Commission officials will meet Wednesday to discuss aspects of the agency's enforcement efforts concerning rebating and service contracts.

Only one portion of the meeting will be open to the public. Commissioners will consider a proposed rule to tighten up anti-rebating certification requirements by carriers. A rebate is an illegal rate discount under U.S. shipping law.

During the closed session, the commission will discuss current compliance with the its anti-rebating certification requirements, the status of its enforcement initiative in the trans-Atlantic trade and a case involving the correction of a clerical error in a service contract.

MAHER EXECUTIVE

TO ADDRESS CONFERENCE

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - An executive of Maher Terminals Inc., Jersey City, N.J., will discuss the use of advanced computer technologies this week at an international terminal operations conference taking place in Amsterdam.

Roger E. Nortillo, the company's executive vice president, will explain how information systems, artificial intelligence, expert systems and other computer support systems affect terminal operations today and into the next century.

Maher itself uses an expert system to control the work of straddle carriers at its Fleet Street container terminal in Elizabeth, N.J. The system speeded up operations, reduced errors, and aided consistency and adaptability, according to Maher.

The sixth terminal operations conference, sponsored by Cargo Systems, takes place today through Thursday in Amsterdam.

CALDWELL REPRESENTS

HOEGH-UGLAND

NEW YORK - Hoegh-Ugland Auto Liners, a shipping line that specializes in the carriage of vehicles and other roll-on roll-off cargo, appointed Caldwell Maritime Agencies Inc. as its agent in Georgia and Florida.

Caldwell will represent Hoegh's services to Europe, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and the Far East, the shipping line said.

GOTAAS-LARSEN ORDERS

DOUBLE-HULL TANKERS

SEOUL, South Korea - Gotaas-Larsen Shipping Corp., London, ordered four double-hull tankers from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Heavy Machinery Ltd. for $400 million, the Korean shipyard said.

The 300,000 deadweight-ton ships are to be built at the company's Okpo yard and are scheduled for delivery in late 1992 and early 1993.

Daewoo also received orders for two similar ships, known as very large crude carriers or VLCCs, in March. One came from Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. and the second came from Argonaut AB, Stockholm, Sweden.

FRENCH, DUTCH CARRIERS

PLAN SHIP-SHARING PACT

PARIS - Societe Navale Commerciale Delmas-Vieljieux, Paris, and Nedlloyd Lines BV, Rotterdam, Netherlands, said last week they intend to sign a vessel-sharing agreement for ships on the run between European ports and Senegal and Angola.

The two steamship lines together plan to deploy six vessels on the route, with departures every eighth day. Both companies will continue to market their services using their own offices and agency network.

The agreement is slated to take effect later this month.