MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

LAWMAKER BACK TO WORK

AFTER HOSPITAL STAY

WASHINGTON - Rep. Herbert Bateman, R-Va., chairman of the House National Security Committee's Special Oversight Panel on the Merchant Marine, has been released from a hospital following his recuperation from an apparent heart attack two weeks ago.

An aide to Mr. Bateman, who will be 67 on Aug. 8, said the congressman was back to work on Capitol Hill Monday and would maintain a light business schedule for the next six weeks before resuming a full work load.

"We've got some events scheduled in the district which he's going to go through with," said Dan Scandling, Mr. Bateman's administrative assistant. ''But other than that he's going to take it easy during the recess."

QUAKE DAMAGE SEVERE

IN NORTHERN CHILE PORT

SANTIAGO, Chile - A 90-second earthquake that registered 7.8 on the Richter scale shook 1,600 kilometers of northern Chile early Sunday morning and caused serious damage in the port city of Antofagasta.

Major daily newspapers reported Monday that three people died and 80 were injured during the earthquake, whose epicenter was under the Pacific Ocean, 20 kilometers offshore and 33 kilometers deep, or the aftershocks that followed for almost 6 hours.

In Antofagasta, port facilities are heavily damaged. Cranes and railroad tracks have been displaced and there are many gaping holes in the ground.

Reports in the newspapers say 80 percent of the infrastructure has been affected, but there are conflicting reports on how many and exactly which areas of the port cannot be used.

TRICONTINENTAL IN DEAL

WITH DI GREGORIO

NEW YORK - Tricontinental Services, the joint shipping service between Cho Yang Lines and DSR Senator Line, formally announced Monday it reached an agreement with Di Gregorio Navegacao to cooperate between the U.S. East and Gulf coasts and the eastern coast of South America, effective this month.

The service will be offered once every two weeks and eventually be increased to a weekly frequency, the carriers said.