MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

BATH IRON WORKS OFFICIAL

LOSES JOB IN TAX DISPUTE

BATH, Maine - A commentary written for a local newspaper by the chief tax officer of Bath Iron Works cost him his job and prompted an apology by the shipyard.

Albert A. DiMillo Jr. was asked to resign because he exceeded his authority in writing and submitting to the Times Record a defense of the shipyard's position in its tax dispute with the city of Bath, a shipyard spokesman said this week.

Kevin Gildart, the spokesman, said Mr. DiMillo had signed a termination agreement and had resigned effective immediately.

Mr. Gildart also issued a statement of apology for Mr. DiMillo's article, saying the company knew nothing about it until it appeared Nov. 5 on the newspaper's opinion page.

FREIGHT TERMINAL OPENS

AT UK'S PORT OF HULL

LONDON - A new roll-on roll-off freight terminal was opened Tuesday at

Hull, a major port on the English east coast.

The $16 million facility will be used by a new generation of freight ferries operated by North Sea Ferries that sails daily between Hull and Rotterdam.

The terminal, inaugurated by Joop Hoekman, the Dutch ambassador to Britain, will generate an extra 1 million tons of freight a year for Hull by offering faster turnaround times.

North Sea Ferries handles around 2.5 million tons of roll-on freight through Hull on its services to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.

Associated British Ports, the company that owns Hull, has invested more than $50 million in infrastructure at Hull over the past five years. The port handled 8.7 million tons of cargo in 1992, the highest figure for 25 years.

TOTAL OCEAN TO HAUL

STEAM PLANT PARTS

NEW YORK - Total Ocean Marine Services Inc., which specializes in heavy- lift and project cargo, said it will transport parts for a steam generating plant in Venezuela.

Total Ocean was one of a group of carriers invited to bid on the transportation section of PDVSA Service Inc.'s project in Amuay Bay, Venezuela.

Total Ocean is an independent U.S. common carrier in trade between the United States and Venezuela.

Thomas F. Vogt, president of Total Ocean, said 494 pieces comprising two complete steam generating plants would be loaded aboard the Taeping in Baltimore. The equipment will be discharged at the finger piers at Guaranao, Venezuela, on or about Nov. 18.

Occidental Navigation Co. acts as shipbroker and supervisory agent for Total Ocean's services from the U.S. East Coast and Gulf to Venezuela.

WAREHOUSEMAN WINS

PHILADELPHIA PORT AWARD

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority presented local warehouseman Jack Lyons with its annual Philadelphia Cocoa Award, given for outstanding contributions and service to the industry.

"Jack Lyons has an industrywide reputation for his ample, excellently maintained food-grade quality warehouse space, and also for his wide range of value-added services," said Terrence Foley, the authority's marketing director.

After starting a reconditioning company and obtaining 2,000 square feet of storage in the mid-1970s, Mr. Lyons pioneered the concept of off-terminal storage for containerized cocoa products, the authority said. He now employs more than 30 workers and has more than 900,000 square feet of storage space.

HAMBURG PORT EXPECTS

2 PERCENT DECLINE IN '93 CARGO

HAMBURG, Germany - By year's end, the Port of Hamburg expects to have handled about 2 percent less cargo than the 65 million metric tons handled in 1992, the port said Tuesday.

During the first nine months, the port handled 47.84 million metric tons, down 2.2 percent from the same period last year, it said.

Losses occurred from bulk shipping, which fell 10 percent from a year ago to 24.05 million metric tons, and from general cargo, which decreased 9.7 percent to 5.19 million.

Container volume rose 13 percent to 18.60 million metric tons. Based on the international standard measure for containers, 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), the growth totaled 10.2 percent to 1.84 million TEUs, a spokeswoman said.