AT MATSON SISTER FIRM
SAN FRANCISCO - A strike that shut down a sugar refinery owned by the parent company of Matson Navigation last Friday was still unresolved Wednesday.
The walkout of some 530 workers at the California & Hawaiian Sugar Co. refinery in Crockett, Calif., owned by Alexander & Baldwin, is expected to prompt the Matson bulk sugar carrier Mokupahu to be docked temporarily at the Port of Oakland.
The U.S. flag ship, which supplies the refinery with raw sugar from A&B's sugar operations in Hawaii, is expected to arrive in the Bay area over the weekend.
CALIFORNIA CARTAGE 2ND
WITH FTZ 202 APPROVAL
LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Customs Service approved the application of California Cartage Co. to operate in Foreign Trade Zone 202 at the Port of Los Angeles. California Cartage is the second company to be named an operator in the newly created FTZ 202. Crescent Warehouse Co. was the first to receive Customs designation in the zone.
California Cartage offers trucking, warehousing and intermodal services
from its base in Southern California. Its FTZ operation will be used primarily for general cargo.
FTZ 202 covers approximately 2,700 acres, encompassing most of the port's marine terminals and warehouses. The zone also includes sites at Los Angeles International Airport and the proposed International Trade and Transportation Center in Bakersfield, Calif.
UNTERMEYER SWORN IN
AT PORT OF HOUSTON
HOUSTON - Chase Untermeyer, who worked in various capacities in the Reagan and Bush administrations, has been sworn in to the Port of Houston Authority by Harris County Judge Robert Eckels.
Mr. Untermeyer is director of public affairs for Compaq Computer Corp. He previously served as director of presidential personnel under President George Bush and also worked in the Reagan administration. He was elected in 1976 to the Texas House of Representatives and resigned in 1981 to go to Washington. He also formerly covered the Port of Houston as a reporter for the Houston Chronicle.
Mr. Untermayer represents Harris County and replaces commission member C.C. Smitherman, who served on the commission since 1988. Port commission members
serve two-year terms without pay.
RIVERBOAT CASINOS' TAKE
FALLS IN LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS - The take from gamblers at Louisiana riverboat casinos dropped 18 percent in August to $88.79 million, state police reported Wednesday.
Bettors lost $101.72 million at the tables and slot machines in July. Tax revenue for the state dropped to $16.42 million from $18.81 million.
Eleven of the 12 floating casinos reported decreases in both revenue and attendance in August. However, July's figures were doubtless bolstered by the Independence Day holiday weekend. Compared with June's figures, the August take was up 6.1 percent from $83.63 million.
In its first full month of operation, the Isle of Capri at Lake Charles took in $5.17 million - or $55.17 per visitor. The loss per gambler was the highest among the 12 riverboats.
However, it was not good enough to save the jobs of 320 employees, who were
cut from the payroll last month as casino officials cited a slower start than expected.
OIL SPILL CLEANED UP
ON OUACHITA RIVER
FELSENTHAL, Ark. - The last bit of oil spilled from a barge in the Ouachita River has been cleaned up, the company that spilled the oil said.
Trey Boucvalt, emergency response administrator for Cenac Environmental Services, said a cleanup crew finished its work Tuesday after working during the weekend to remove oil spilled in a barge accident last Friday. The spill occurred just north of the Arkansas-Louisiana line.
The Coast Guard approved the cleanup operation Sunday afternoon and permitted the barge to continue its journey to Smackover, Mr. Boucvalt said.