MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

ACS UPGRADES SYSTEM

FOR REEFER CONTAINERS

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Atlantic Container Service Inc. said it has upgraded the company's automated refrigerated container support system.

The company said it expanded the system's software by adding additional functions, and advanced the speed and capacity of the system hardware.

ACS has initiated the use of the enhanced system at the Port of Savannah and said it plans to fully equip its Jacksonville, Fla., and Charleston, S.C., operations in the first quarter of 1996.

ALASKA PICKS SHIPYARD

TO BUILD NEW FERRY

JUNEAU, Alaska - The state's first new ferry in 18 years will be built at shipyards in Mississippi and New Orleans and should be ready to join the aging Alaska fleet by 1998.

Gary Hayden, director of the Alaska Marine Highway System that operates the eight ferries, said Wednesday that Halter Marine Inc. of Gulfport, Miss., has been tentatively selected to design and build the vessel.

The 380-foot ferry will be built at the company's shipyards in New Orleans and Pearlton, Miss., Mr. Hayden said.

KINGS POINT INDUCTS

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAMERS

KINGS POINT, N.Y. - The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy inducted Arthur Mercante, a famed referee who served as its boxing coach, and three graduates in its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday.

Mr. Mercante, noted third man in the ring, who has refereed some of the biggest championship bouts, was the academy's boxing coach in the 1940s and led several cadets to national boxing championships. His son, James Mercante, the maritime attorney with Knoll & Tract in New York, is a 1979 academy graduate.

Also inducted were W. Bruce Smith, Class of 1947, Henriks "Hank" Zeile, Class of 1960, and John V. ReShore, Class of 1975, said Susan Petersen Lubow, director of athletics, and Alex Smigelski, chairman of the hall of fame.

LOUISIANA RIVERBOATS

INCREASE THEIR TAKE

NEW ORLEANS - The monthly take from gamblers at Louisiana's 12 casino riverboats climbed a bit in September, hitting $90,570,426 for the month, according to figures released by state police.

Bettors had lost $88.79 million in August, a sharp drop from July's $101.72 million. The state's share of the casinos' September winnings was $16.75 million, a slight increase over August's tax take of $16.42 million.