MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

CANADA MARITIME

BUYS TWO SHIPS

LONDON - Canada Maritime, the line that operates container services between Europe and Canada, said it bought two ships from Belgium's CMB Transport.

The former CMB Monarch and CMB Mallet, each with a capacity of 1,000 20- foot container units, will join Canada Maritime's fleet of six ships later this year once they have been refurbished and ice-strengthened. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The vessels are sisterships of two Canada Maritime vessels deployed in its northern loop service between Montreal, Felixstowe, Hamburg, Le Havre and Antwerp. CMB Transport owned a 43 percent stake in Canada Maritime until earlier this year when the shareholding was sold to Canadian Pacific, which now fully owns the line.

The two ships acquired by Canada Maritime are currently chartered to Sea- Land Services Inc.

In addition to buying the two 1979-built vessels, Canada Maritime plans to order new ships next year.

COLUMBUS TO COMBINE

STAFF AT LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Columbus Line Inc. announced it will consolidate its California customer service and operations staff at its Long Beach office, effective next month.

John Tirpak, senior vice president of sales and operations, said the move is part of an ongoing effort to enhance service to customers while controlling costs.

Mr. Tirpak said Columbus Line will maintain its San Francisco Bay-area sales staff in northern California.

The consolidation of customer service and operations in Long Beach was a natural outgrowth of the company's recent decision to turn over all of its terminal operations in Seattle, San Francisco/Oakland and Los Angeles to Matson Terminals Inc., Mr. Tirpak said.