MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

NY TUG GOES TO RESCUE

OF SHIP NEAR BERMUDA

NEW YORK - The Alexandra, a tugboat from New York harbor, went to the rescue of the M/V Balaton, which was dead in the water 380 miles southeast of Bermuda, said a representative of Weeks Marine Inc., which owns the tug.

"We were contacted by a salvage agency in Holland that is familiar with our equipment and expertise," Dan Schwall, vessel operations manager for Weeks, said Monday. "He asked us to respond, and we did."

Normally a tow would have been dispatched from the Caribbean, but because Hurricane Erin was striking the region, those vessels were unable to respond, leading the salvage agency to reach out for a New York tug, Mr. Schwall said. The 126-foot, 4,000 horsepower, 68-ton ballard-pull Alexandra set off last Tuesday, arriving at the ship Friday and towing it to Hamilton, Bermuda.

The Balaton is owned by Ceman Shipping Co. and operated by Pannonship Maritime and Forwarding Co., Budapest, Hungary.

TYSON FLEET WILL MOVE

FROM SEATTLE TO TACOMA

SEATTLE - Tyson Seafood Division, a large Northwest fishing and fish- processing company, is moving its 32-vessel fleet to the Port of Tacoma

from the Port of Seattle.

The company plans to make the move by March. Tyson has signed a 10-year moorage lease at Tacoma, but its headquarters and processing plant will remain in Seattle, at least for the immediate future. About 120 to 200 people will work in Tacoma, most of them transfers from the Seattle operation.