MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

PIRATES THROW FISHERMEN

INTO BAY OF BENGAL

BARISAL, Bangladesh - Pirates in the Bay of Bengal have attacked about 50 Bangladeshi fishing trawlers, looted their catch and thrown about 20 crewmembers into the sea over the past week, police said Friday.

During the period, hundreds of ships were anchored near the coast to escape a storm, they said.

"The sudden rise in piracy has become a matter of great concern," a police officer in the coastal town of Barguna told reporters.

He said seven fishermen were rescued by trawlers after being tossed into the rough sea Wednesday night about 50 miles off the coast.

RECOVERED NAZI SUB

YIELDS RECORDS, NO GOLD

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Danish salvagers who raised a Nazi submarine

from the seabed three months ago said they had found liquor, condoms, Wagner records and stacks of documents - but not a rumored gold treasure.

"The most exciting finds from a historic point of view have been 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of documents. So many documents were destroyed by the Germans at the end of the war," Per Kluever, a researcher and historian on the project, told Reuters Friday.

The U-534 submarine, sunk by a British bomber May 5, 1945, as it tried to slip away from the advancing Allied forces, was raised in the Kattegat waterway off the Danish island of Anholt in August.

FLORIDA CRUISE GROUP

RETALIATES FOR TAX PLAN

MIAMI - Florida's cruise industry, piqued by Caribbean tourism officials' recommendation to triple taxes on cruise passengers, has cut $1 million from its proposed contribution to a Caribbean tourism promotion fund.

"It's only natural that the (Florida) cruise industry acted negatively toward this type of activity," Rick Sasso, chairman of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association.

The Florida cruise group informed Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization in a Nov. 1 letter it won't send the remaining $1 million of the $1.5 million it had pledged.