MARITIME BRIEFS

MARITIME BRIEFS

GRAND ALLIANCE TO USE

34 CONTAINERSHIPS

LONDON - A total of 34 large containerships will be deployed by the new Grand Alliance consortium in the Europe-Asia trades from next year.

Hapag-Lloyd of Germany, Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan and Neptune Orient Lines of Singapore will launch their new joint service in January, with three separate loops of ships each offering fixed-day weekly sailings.

The service will be expanded to four loops from the middle of next year when P&O Containers joins the consortium after its present partnership with Maersk Line comes to an end.

SALVORS UNION ELECTS

J.A. WITTE PRESIDENT

LONDON - John Arnold Witte was elected president of the International Salvage Union, which represents 45 marine salvors based in 34 countries. Mr. Witte, a vice president of the union since 1993, succeeds Okkie Grapow, who has held the presidential post for the past two years.

Meanwhile, the union is calling for more priority to be given to the activities of the Salvage Liaison Group. The joint body, set up two years ago, aims to bring together these parties and salvors to press for necessary changes to the law and commercial practice of salvage.

Some 40 member companies who met in Santiago, Chile, this month for the salvage union's annual general meeting agreed that a formal work program should be submitted for adoption at the next Salvage Liaison Group meeting.