MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

NAVY AWARDS CONTRACT

TO ALPHA MARINE

WASHINGTON - The Navy's Military Sealift Command said it awarded a $21.4 million contract to Alpha Marine Services Inc., of Galliano, La., for the construction of six tugboats.

The tugs, known as tractor tugs, are specially designed for short-distance towing operations in confined areas and will be used to tow equipment in San Diego harbor, the Navy said.

HONG KONG REMAINS

BUSIEST CONTAINERPORT

HONG KONG - Hong Kong remains the world's busiest containerport, just ahead of rival Singapore, the government said last week.

A government statement said that in the first seven months of this year, Hong Kong handled

5.03 million TEUs, or standard 20-foot-long containers, just ahead of Singapore's 5.01 million.

It said Hong Kong's container handling for all of 1993 is expected to rise 17 percent over 1992 to 9 million TEUs.

DAIICHI CHOU SHIPPING

NAMES KERR NORTON

SECAUCUS, N.J. - Daiichi Chou Shipping (America) Inc. appointed Kerr Norton Marine of Secaucus, N.J., as its West Coast agent in North America.

Daiichi Chou is a Japanese bulkship/charter vessel using U.S. and Canadian West Coast ports.

Kerr Norton was formed earlier this year as a cooperative venture between Norton Lilly International and Kerr Steamship for the handling of West Coast tramp, tanker and bulk vessels.