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Crescent Focuses on

Tankers and Ferries

U.K. shipping and transport group

Crescent PLC has focused its operations on short sea tanker and freight ferry operations. "Following our strategic plan to move out of owning tonnage in the short sea dry bulk sector, we are happy to have completed the sale of nine vessels over the last year," said Kevin

Hobbs, Crescent group operations director. "That has cleared the way for us to focus on the two sectors where we can add value — a high-intensity coastal tanker fleet and freight ferry opera- tions." Crescent group is comprisesd of three divisions, which operate through- out Europe: Crescent Tankships.

Seatruck Ferries and Crescent Marine

Services.

Matson Sells Two

Combination Ships

Matson Navigation Company, Inc. has sold two combination R0R0/L0L0 con- tainerships to Sea Star Line, LLC (Sea

Star) in Jacksonville. Fla. The vessels, which have been bareboat chartered to

Sea Star since the company was formed in 1998, will continue to be deployed in the Puerto Rico trade. The sale to Sea

Star, which is owned jointly by

SaltChuk Resources, Inc., Matson and

Taino Star Investment, Inc., underscores the investors' long term commitment to the line's Puerto Rico service. Matson is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. of Honolulu. The two ships, the SS El Yunque and El Morro, were both built by Sun Ship Building and Dry Dock Company and initially placed in the U.S. Atlantic Coast-Puerto

Rico trade. Matson purchased the ves- sels in 1989 and 1990, respectively. Fol- lowing the purchase, Matson modified both ships from strictly RoRo vessels to combination RoRo/LoLo container- ships. When the vessels were chartered to Sea Star, further modifications were made to increase their "big box" con- tainer capacity.

MOL Names Carlton

President of Mitsui

MOL, Ltd. has appointed Paul Carl- ton as president of the company's west- ern hemisphere bulk agency, Mitsui

O.S.K. Bulk Shipping (USA) Inc. As president, Carlton is responsible for the management of MOL's car carrier,

RoRo, tanker and bulk cargo sectors operating throughout the Caribbean,

North, Central and South America. Carl- ton will be based at Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk

Shipping (USA) corporate headquarters located in Jersey City. N.J.

Carlton brings 22 years of bulk ship- ping experience to Mitsui O.S.K. Bulk

Shipping (USA). Before joining MOL, he served as executive vice president of the Asia Pacific Region and deputy head to the president for Wallenius Wilhelm- sen Lines Asia.

MEP Develops Treatment

For Shipboard Waste

Marine Environmental Partners (MEP), has taken a leading role in pro- viding innovative technologies to com- bat pollution associated with the mar- itime shipping industry. Therefore, the company has developed two new treat- ment processes to deal with shipboard generated black (sewage) and grey (laundry, kitchen, and sink/shower), wastewater and a simple and highly effective process for eliminating biota in ship's ballast water. Designed with non- chemical and non-membrane compo- nents, the new systems utilize patented

EIMS (electro-ionization magnetic sep- aration) technology as its core, allowing

MEP to provide solutions for a multi- tude of waste streams in compact, fully automated, and extremely low mainte- nance systems ideally suited for ship- board use. Shipboard demonstrations of both systems are set to take place during the first quarter of 2002.

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