MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

SALVORS SEEK TUGS

INVOLVED IN GROUNDING

NEW YORK - Salvors Wednesday attempted to recover two tugs involved in the Sunday grounding of a dredge off a Long Island beach where one crew member lost his life, the Coast Guard said.

A derrick barge was being used to pull both the tug Volunteer State off the beach on Long Island's south shore and to recover the sunken Hoosier State. Like the dredge Alaska, which was freed Tuesday, the two tugs are owned by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Co. of Chicago.

The accident occurred in a fierce storm.

17 DROWN, 7 MISSING

IN INDIAN ACCIDENT

NEW DELHI, India - At least 17 people drowned and another seven were missing after a boat capsized in the River Ganges at the north Indian town of

Kanpur, United News of India (UNI) said Wednesday.

UNI said 17 bodies, including five children, had been fished out after the accident Tuesday night. The search was continuing.

The Press Trust of India said eight survivors were rescued. It said the boat, designed for up to 15 people, was carrying about 30 members of four

families across the river after prayers at a Hindu temple.

SATELLITE PHONE SERVICE

OFFERED FOR SHIPS AT SEA

LOS ANGELES - IDB Mobile Communications today will unveil Oceancell, a new satellite telephone service for ships at sea, during the 1993 International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans.

Oceancell will use the most powerful commercial mobile communications satellite built. This satellite is scheduled to be launched in late 1994.

Because the satellite is so powerful, the antenna size on the mobile phone is much smaller and the cost is much lower than current models, said IDB officials. Oceancell will let ships at sea place and receive private phone calls for less, said IDB officials.

IDB said its calls will cost as low as $1.50 per minute during peak times, compared with up to $10 for competing models. The system will cost from $3,000 to $4,000 depending on the features.

INCHCAPE TO REPRESENT

MD. GROUP IN EUROPE

BALTIMORE - The Maryland Port Administration has chosen Inchcape Shipping Services to be its European marketing representative.

The port decided to seek bids for the one-year contract after its London and Brussels representatives retired earlier this year. The contract has a a three-year extension option, the port said.

Inchcape is one of the world's largest shipping agents. In the Far East, East Asiatic Co. represents Baltimore, while Uri Adar represents the port in the Middle East.

GAMBLING FIRM FIGHTS

LIQUOR BAN IN LOUISIANA

LAKE CHARLES, La. - The company planning a gambling boat at Lake Charles is taking the city to court because Mayor Willie Mount vetoed a liquor law exemption that would have allowed the riverboat to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday.

The City Council passed the exemption Nov. 17 by at 4-3 vote. The mayor vetoed it Nov. 24.

Players International filed its lawsuit Tuesday in state District Court, claiming gambling boats in Louisiana are governed by the state, not cities where they dock. That means, Players said, the city cannot regulate alcohol sales or collect city sales taxes and alcohol taxes from the Players II riverboat or its support facilities.

ANANGEL-AMERICAN

POSTS JUMP IN EARNINGS

PIRAEUS, Cayman Islands - Anangel-American Shipholdings Ltd. Wednesday reported higher fiscal first-quarter earnings for the three months ended Sept. 30.

Net income was $4.7 million, or 30 cents a share, compared with $2.8 million, or 18 cents a share, in the same quarter of the previous year. Revenue was $19.6 million, compared with $13.08 million.

Meanwhile, the delivery of its third Cape-size vessel in October brings the company's fleet to 20 vessels with an aggregate carrying capacity of 1.1 million deadweight tons. All of the vessels are currently employed.

Cape-sized ships are too big to transit the Panama Canal, and thus must sail around the Cape of Good Hope or Cape Horn.