MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

ILA WANTS QUICK END

TO PHILA. FRUIT FIGHT

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia port officials could meet as soon as Thursday to resolve a dispute that Monday disrupted the first shipment of Chilean fruit this season, a labor union official said.

"I hope we're going to resolve it through the grievance procedure," said James Paylor, International Longshoremen's Association vice president. ''Hopefully, we'll do that by the end of the week."

ILA members Monday refused to unload a fruit ship calling at a terminal in Gloucester City, N.J., because its operator, Thomas J. Holt, intended to use non-ILA labor for some work at the facility. The ship was diverted to Wilmington, Del.

DREDGE IS REFLOATED

OFF LONG ISLAND

NEW YORK - The dredge that ran aground in fierce weather off a Long Island beach Sunday in an accident that cost one man his life was refloated Tuesday morning, the Coast Guard said.

The Alaska, owned by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Chicago, was pulled free by the Atlantic Salvor after the tug Tar Heel attached a line to it.

Salvage operations were continuing Tuesday on the grounded tug Volunteer State and the sunken tug Hoosier State. So far, it appears that no fuel oil has leaked from either of the two tugs or from the Alaska, the Coast Guard said.

RUSSIAN COAST GUARD

FIRES ON JAPANESE SHIP

TOKYO - The Russian coast guard opened fire at a small Japanese trawler last week, hitting the captain before detaining his ship and crew near Russian-held islands disputed by Japan, news reports said Tuesday.

The Kyodo news agency quoted Russian surgeon Valery Zavarushkin, who treated the captain, Keichi Noto, as saying the skipper was shot through the thigh and in the arm.

He said Mr. Noto, 41, would be hospitalized for three weeks on Shikotan island, one of the four islands claimed by Japan. The ship's two other crewmembers were not injured but detained.

Spokesmen for the Japanese coast guard said their Russian counterparts had not reported the case.

FREIGHTER SINKS

IN EAST CHINA SEA

LONDON - The freighter Dasa Tujuh sank off the coast of China on Nov. 27, said Lloyd's Intelligence.

The Indonesian-flagged vessel was en route from Yeew, Malaysia, for Kaohsiung, China, with a cargo of logs when it was reported sunk.

The ship was abandoned by her crew of 27 after the vessel began to list in rough seas. Nineteen crew members were reported rescued, but eight are still missing.

Two life rafts from the sunken vessel, one damaged lifeboat from the rescue vessel LNG carrier Leo and debris from the wreckage including numerous logs are adrift in the vicinity.

The Dasa Tujuh is owned by Damar Segara Agung Lines, Jakarta, Indonesia.

ARSON SUSPECTED IN FIRE

AT DEFUNCT LA. YARD

SLIDELL, La. - Fire destroyed an office building at the now-closed Southern Shipbuilding Corp. on Bayou Bonfouca in Slidell, and arson is suspected.

Alain R. Seligman, company president, said Monday that all company records were destroyed in Sunday night's fire. Slidell Fire Inspector Glenn Strecker said arson is suspected, because there has been no power source at the shipyard since it closed in August.

Only a red brick vault was left standing, but its contents were ashes. Mr. Seligman said he did not know why anyone would want to destroy the records.

LLOYD'S UNIT GETS OK

TO ASSESS QUALITY IN US

NEW YORK - Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance Ltd. said it had been granted American accreditation as a "quality system registrar" by the Registrar Accreditation Board, an independent oversight council based in Milwaukee.

The action gives the company authority to assess and certify American companies' compliance with commercial quality management standards, namely ISO 9000, a series of quality standards used in more than 90 countries.