The Yantar (Amber) ship-yard in Russia's Kaliningrad region is now completing a large tanker hull for a Dutch company. The tanker will be delivered to the client several days from now. (The Kaliningrad region is a Russian enclave on the Baltic coast -- Ed.) Officials from the ship-yard's administration noted that their enterprise became quite popular with foreign clients this year because of its top-quality performance and punctuality. Right now, the Yantar ship-yard is building yachts for some German companies. Meanwhile this enterprise has been building dry-cargo carriers and coast-guard motor boats for Scandinavia over many consecutive years.
According to the Yantar press serviced, Norway's Vik Sandvik group placed an order for the 2003 period December 14. The ship-yard is to launch four large fishing vessels on its orders; the hulls of three Arctic trawlers were commissioned by that company over the 2002 period.
Two ballistic missiles attacked the US Navy destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) from the territory of Yemen. The destroyer came to the aid of the hijacked Central Park tanker of Zodiac Maritime