MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

POLICE IN SOUTHERN CHINA

NAB 39 ALLEGED PIRATESMarine police in southern China said they rounded up 39 pirates accused of robbing ships in the Pearl River Delta. Police in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, seized four ships and contraband worth 2 million yuan ($240,000).

Shipping in the South China Sea and the waters off southern China, Vietnam and Cambodia has long been plagued by pirate bands ranging from small local groups to large organized gangs. Many are thought to be police or military units in disguise.

Police in Guangdong arrested nine pirates last month. Thirty more were arrested near Guishan Island in late July, officials said.

TOKYO CARGO TONNAGE

SURGED IN APRIL

TOKYO - The Port of Tokyo said it saw 3,975 ship arrivals in April, or about the same as the year-earlier period. Gross tonnage was up 10.8 percent to 11 million tons.

The port said the volume of domestic and international marine cargo passing through in April rose 16.8 percent to 7.5 million tons from a year earlier. Foreign trade cargo alone grew 23.3 percent to 2.5 million tons, while the domestic portion accounted for 5 million tons, up 13.9 percent.

The volume of container cargo at Tokyo port in April grew 28.3 percent to 2 million tons, with the number of loaded and unloaded containers totaling 180,000 20-foot container equivalent units, up 32.2 percent from a year earlier.

ZIM MOVES TERMINAL

IN PORT OF BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE - Zim-American Israeli Shipping Co. Monday relocated its terminal at the Port of Baltimore.

The new location for Zim Container Service and Zim Inter-Americas Service is Ceres Terminals, 2700 Broening Highway, Dundalk Marine Terminals, Building B-10, Baltimore, Md., 21222. The telephone number is (410) 633-3100.

For more information, contact Zim's agent in Baltimore, Penn-Maryland Steamship Co., (410) 633-0770.