MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

MAERSK SHIP CHARTERED

FOR VIRGIN ISLANDS RELIEFA ship the Military Sealift Command chartered from Maersk Line is delivering trucks, portable kitchens, water, medical supplies and other goods to the U.S. Virgin Islands this week to help with the cleanup of Hurricane Marilyn.

The command chartered the Maersk Constellation, a combination breakbulk and roll-on, roll-off ship that is 598 feet long and equipped with its own cranes. The ship was unloading cargo at Sunny Point, N.C., when it was ordered to load supplies for the Virgin Islands relief effort.

"Sealift ships are tremendous assets in a disaster. Our ships can carry large quantities of equipment and supplies, and we can work without much shore support if we have to," Adm. Phil Quast, commander of the sealift command, said in a press release.

LIBERTY SHIP PREPARES

FOR NEW EUROPEAN TRIP

SAN FRANCISCO - The Jeremiah O'Brien, the World War II-era Liberty ship that sailed to Europe last year to take part in the 50th anniversary of Normandy, is preparing to set sail again.

The board of the National Liberty Ship Memorial, which operates the 52- year-old ship, recently agreed to look into a voyage to Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, British Columbia, next summer.

The O'Brien would sail in convoy with the Lane Victory, another World War II merchant ship, which had to cancel its own trip to Normandy last summer.

SHIP REGISTERS NEED

TO INSPIRE CONFIDENCE

RESTON, Va. - The confidence of international lending institutions in a register should be the first consideration of shipowners wanting to flag out their vessels, an International Registries Inc. executive told a recent shipping conference.

"The raising of capital on the international market to finance new and existing tonnage can present many problems, not only for owners in developing countries but for those in state-controlled economies," David Bruce, senior vice president of International Registries, told the NEVA '95 conference in St. Petersburg, Russia.

"Western banks may simply not be prepared to advance funds to those owners where the legal system presents obstacles to the enforcement of lenders' security," he said.

MIAMI DIRECTORY

GETS AAPA AWARD

MIAMI - The American Association of Port Authorities gave an award of merit to the Port of Miami Official Directory 1995 in the annual AAPA communications competition.

"We are very pleased and honored to have our directory recognized by the AAPA," said Carmen J. Lunetta, port director.