MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

CORPUS CHRISTI PLANS

EXPORT COAL FACILITYCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - An export coal facility designed to increase throughput to meet customer demands is on the drawing boards for the Port of Corpus Christi's Bulk Terminal.

Long-range plans call for expansion and modernization of the bulk handling facilities, including construction of an export coal storage and mixing terminal. Port officials are holding discussions with several joint venture partners in this effort.

"This joint venture effort is just one example of our flexibility when dealing with our customers," said Robert G. Jacobi, the port's deputy director. "We don't have sufficient coal storage space at the present time, but we are willing to create it in order to support the trade."

STAR SHIPPING VESSEL

DEBUTS AT RICHMOND

RICHMOND, Calif. - The newest vessel built by Star Shipping, the Star Heranger, made its maiden visit to the Port of Richmond in San Francisco Bay last week.

The 656-foot, 44,220-deadweight-ton vessel is one of eight being built for Star Shipping by Daewoo Shipyards in South Korea.

CLASSIFICATION SOCIETY

PLANS VIETNAM OFFICE

HAMBURG, Germany - Germanischer Lloyd, a classification society, will open a representative office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Rainer Schoendube, a member of GL's executive board, will officiate at the opening ceremony Oct. 18.

The Vietnam office will work closely with GL's regional technical office in Malaysia to provide assistance in engineering services and assistance in training Vietnamese surveyors. GL has 400 inspection offices worldwide.

KINGSTON'S HARBOR GETS

ENLARGED FOR BIGGER SHIPS

KINGSTON, Jamaica - The ship channel and the turning basin of the Kingston harbor is being widened and deepened to accommodate larger ships.

The work will allow vessels of up to 1,000 feet long and up to 40.5 feet in depth. Vessels 880 feet long and with a depth of 36.6 feet can currently be accommodated.

The contract for the work, costing US$5.1 million, has been given to Boskalis Westminister Dredging of the Netherlands. The project will be completed in about 12 weeks, and will involve dredging 140,000 cubic meters of hard seabed material and 1,200,000 cubic meters of relatively soft material, said the port authority.

SECTIONS OF SUBSEA PIPE

STORED AT PORT ARTHUR

PORT ARTHUR, Texas - Some 22,000 tons of special pipe that will be used to lay a 50-mile pipeline to deep-sea oil and gas wells were recently shipped to the Caribbean from Port Arthur.

The 32-inch by 40-feet pipe sections were stockpiled at the port, which served as the staging area for the project. Allseas Group of the Netherlands is the construction contractor.

The pipe was manufactured in Japan and brought to the United States for application of a four-inch coating of compacted concrete at a New Iberia, La., plant before coming to Port Arthur via barges and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Tom Flanagan of James J. Flanagan Shipping Corp., which has the loading and unloading contract at the port, told the port commissioners that Allseas chose Port Arthur because of its competitive cost and efficient handling and the expertise of the port's longshore crew, port officials said.

CROWLEY MARITIME

SELLS CATALINA CRUISES

OAKLAND, Calif. - Crowley Maritime Corp., continuing its efforts to shed non-core businesses, has sold the assets of Catalina Cruises to Catalina Express, another operator in the Southern California island market. Terms were not disclosed.

Catalina Express will acquire three 700-passenger monohull ferries, a 140- passenger ferry and a passenger terminal in downtown Long Beach. Catalina Cruises, started in 1970, carried some 500,000 passengers a year between Long Beach and Avalon, the main port on Santa Catalina Island 26 miles off the coast.

Crowley last month sold its Red & White Fleet ferry business in San Francisco Bay to a local competitor in a deal reportedly worth $25 million.