MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

US SAILORS, GREEKS

SCUFFLE AFTER PROTEST

CORFU, Greece - U.S. sailors and Greek demonstrators traded punches after a protest against U.S. warships stopping at this island on their way to duty off Bosnia, police said Friday.

Several hundred protesters chanted "No to American warships in our port," "Americans out of Corfu" and "Americans - Killers" during the demonstration late Thursday, police said.

U.S. sailors formed a line to keep the demonstrators from reaching part of the Corfu port facilities and scuffles broke out when the two sides met. No one was seriously injured. The American sailors were from the aircraft carrier America and the guided-missile cruiser Normandy.

APL COMPLETES

DUTCH HARBOR EXPANSION

DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska - American President Lines has completed a $10.5 million expansion of its marine terminal at Dutch Harbor, including a 300-foot dock extension and the addition of a post-Panamax crane to serve large-size containerships.

APL also expanded the size of the terminal to 11 acres from seven acres.

The improved and expanded facility was officially opened this week. Work started on the project in September 1994, when APL and the Ounalashka Corp. signed a 20-year lease extension agreement.

The carrier's Alaska customers ship mostly seafood and seafood-related products to the Far East. The lengthened dock - now 540 feet - will permit fish processing vessels to berth at the APL terminal and pack their cargo directly into APL containers for the trans-Pacific voyage.

CARGO VOLUME RISES 6 PERCENT

AT PORT OF BEAUMONT

BEAUMONT, Texas - Cargo tonnage at the Port of Beaumont increased by 6 percent in the fiscal year just ended, said Bill Masters, port director.

Total cargo handled by the southeast Texas port between Sept. 1, 1994, and Aug. 31, 1995, was 3.81 million tons, a 6 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

The most significant increases in port tonnage were in bagged agricultural products, which increased 26 percent, and bulk grain, which jumped 12 percent. Iron and steel tonnage also increased.

The port completed more than $20 million in capital improvements in the fiscal year, Mr. Masters said.