MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

AUSTRALIAN LABOR DISPUTE

HOLDS UP LPG SHIPS

LONDON - Two liquefied petroleum gas carriers were held up at the Port of Hastings, Australia, Tuesday as a dispute between Esso and the Australian Workers' Union in the offshore industry started to affect shipping, according to Lloyd's Intelligence.

Linesmen, who are members of the AWU, refused to cross a picket line.

The two ships detained were the 13,463-gross-ton Kelvin, tied up alongside, and the 4,500-gross-ton Island Gas, which is off the port. There was no indication when the Kelvin will be allowed to sail.

SOUTH SEAS STEAMSHIP

ADDS THREE AGENTS

SAN FRANCISCO - South Seas Steamship Co., the San Francisco-based ocean carrier providing services to the South Pacific, is expanding its coverage of North America with new agents and intermodal connections to the West Coast.

The Midwest will be covered by Kuecker Steamship Services in Chicago, the New York metropolitan area will be covered by Hoegh Lines Agencies in Jersey City, and Vancouver, British Columbia, will be covered by Westward Shipping Ltd.

MARITIME CENTER SEEKS

FUNDS AND MATERIALS

OAKLAND, Calif. - The International Maritime Center, a seafarers' mission at the Port of Oakland, is seeking materials and funds to complete a new building, said The Rev. Alvin Gomer, executive director.

The outside shell and basic interior work of the new center are finished, leaving the deck area and interior to still to be completed, he said.

Rev. Gomer said the center is looking for donations of sheetrock, lumber, paint, lighting fixtures, carpeting and plumbing fixtures. The Maritime Center can be reached at (510) 839-2226.

11 MISSING AS FERRY

CAPSIZES OFF INDONESIA

JAKARTA, Java - A ferry boat carrying 40 people capsized Monday evening in the Straits of Bali, leaving 11 missing and feared drowned, Indonesian officials said Tuesday.

The Trisula ferry boat, carrying 29 passengers and a crew of 11, sank in the Bali Straits while crossing the channel from Ketapang to Gilumanuk, said officials.

SHIPWRECK OFF YEMEN

KILLS 92; 52 ARE SAVED

SANAA, Yemen - Ninety-two people drowned and 52 were rescued after clinging to debris in rough seas for two days after their wooden boat sank off the coast of Yemen, official and diplomatic sources said Tuesday. Six people were still missing.