MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

SEA-LAND REDIRECTS

WEEKLY BARGE SERVICEEDISON, N.J. - Sea-Land Service Inc. has started direct weekly barge service from Baltimore to Portsmouth, Va.

Previously, Sea-Land sent its barge from Baltimore to Elizabeth, N.J. By

redirecting the barge service to Portsmouth, eastbound trans-Atlantic shipping time is reduced by three days, the company said.

Portsmouth is part of the Port of Hampton Roads, a cluster of Virginia port facilities near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

Sea-Land's barge will depart Baltimore each Friday and arrive in Portsmouth Monday. Under the previous schedule, the barge left Baltimore Tuesdays. The barge is capable of carrying 256 20-foot containers.

PANEL SETS HEARING

ON HSU NOMINATION

WASHINGTON - The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing Thursday on the nomination of Ming Hsu for a seat on the Federal Maritime Commission.

Mrs. Hsu, 65, served as special trade representative for the governor of New Jersey and director of the state Commerce Department's division of international trade until January. She was nominated by the president April 24.

She will fill out the term of Elaine L. Chao, who left the commission last year to become deputy secretary of transportation.

Upon confirmation by the Senate, the commission will be at its full five- member strength for the first time since late 1988. Her term will expire June 30, 1991.

Sen. John B. Breaux, D-La., chairman of the panel's Merchant Marine Subcommittee, will preside at the confirmation hearing.

BRAZILIAN PORT SEEKS

TO BOOST ITS CAPACITY

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Administrators of the Port of Paranagua, Brazil's leading grain export gateway, are trying to free $50 million worth of federal

funds needed for investments aimed at boosting port capacity by 40 percent.

Work on the projects has been halted for three months, since a new presidential administration closed down Portobras, the centralized federal ports holding company, as part of its sweeping administrative reforms.

The investments include adding 262 feet of wharf, building four new warehouses for containers and completing landfills, according to Nilo Lazaro Abud, port superintendent.

Last year, Paranagua moved a record 14.6 million tons of cargo, most of it exported soybean grain and derivatives.

IVARAN ACCEPTING

SOME LCL CARGO

SAN FRANCISCO - Tricom Shipping Agencies Inc. said Ivaran Lines now accepts less-than-containerload cargo from the West Coast to Brazil and the River Plate.

Ivaran will accept LCL cargo that can be shipped in containers at P & E Terminal Co. in Wilmington, Calif.

Tricom is Ivaran's West Coast agent.

SENATOR LINIE NAMES

NEW MARKETING CHIEF

SAN FRANCISCO - Senator Linie has named a new director of marketing for its worldwide operation. Eduard Winkelmann started working for Senator April 1 and is currently on a tour of the company's worldwide operations. He will be in San Francisco this week before heading out to the Far East.

Mr. Winkelmann is based at company headquarters in Bremen, West Germany. Most recently, he worked with the prominent German ship agency firm Geuther where he was in charge of the agency's South American services.