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) Thursday,'January 20, 1977

THE MICHIGAN! DAILY

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EXCESSIVE IMPORTS TO BLAME:

Ships j
JIDDA, Saudi Arabia (P) -
Hundreds of ships loaded with
vehicles, food, cement and other
goods clog Saudi Arabia's two
main ports as this kingdom tries
to buy its way into the modern
age.
AmericanI helicopters and
landing craft, German barges
and thousands of Arab steve-
dores working 10 hours a day
have barely eased the logjam
caused by imports purchased.
with oil billions. One firm is
looking into the possibility of
using balloons as giant flying
cranes.
ABOUT 160 ships carrying 20,-
000 vehicles and half a million
tons of other goods are waiting
to unload outside this Red Sea
commercial capital. Dammam,
Saudi Arabia's other main sea
outlet, on the Persian Gulf, is
similarly choked.
Waiting time to unload is now
about two months in Jidda and
40 days in Dammam. It was
running about four months at
both ports a few months ago.
The bottleneck began when the
government, after the quadrup-
ling of oil prices in 1973-74, be-
gan a $142 billion, five-y e a r
development plan to set up an
industrial base against the day
when the oil runs out. Saudi
Arabia is the leading oil exhort-
ing nation. A flood of inorts
ensued, every'hing from grape-
fruit juice to power stations, to
be blocked by woefully inade-
quate facilities.
THE PORTS are too small, the
road networks insufficient, and
procedures too slow, shipping
sources said. The glut some-
times holds back the very equip-
ment needed to reduce it.
The government has signed
contracts worth $2.1 billion for
expansion of its harbors and con-
struction of new ones. B u t
this will take more than a year.
Nigeria, another oil country
enjoying sudden riches, also has
suffered major shipping jams.
In October 1975 officials in La-
gos said 381 ships were waiting
to be unloaded there - about 250
of them carrying two-and-a-half
million tons of cement.
FREIGHT RATES usually
have a surcharge of up to 85
per cent of the normal cost as
a penalty for delays in unload-

am Saudi ports

ing. No official figures a r e
available on what this is cost-
ing, but knowledgeable sources
say it runs into the millions ofj
dollars.
Some shippers have been cap-
italizing on this, using rusty old
tubs that earn more money just
sitting off Jidda than chugging
from port to port. Fayez Badr,
director of the harbor admin-
istration, recently banned ships
from coming here if they are
more than 15 years old, unless
they are specially certified as
seaworthy and are equipped
with modern offloading facili-
ties.
Many firms are being advised
to ship to the Dutch port of Rot-
terdam, with the goods then put
on trucks to Saudi Arabia and
Gulf ports a two-week trip. Euro-
pean truck drivers have made
a fortune, says one source, buy-
ing new trucks, hauling t h e
goods here and then selling the
badly needed vehicles.
AUTHORITIES have resorted
to imaginative solutions to han-
dle the emergency. Hence the
helicopter operation.
An American firm, Carson He-
licopter Co. of Perkasie, Pa.,
has brought in nine Sikorsky
choppers solely to unload cement
and speed up housing and other
construction projects.
Flown by Vietnam veterans,
the choppers hover low over a
freighter, hook a sling onto a
two-ton load of cement, and de-
posit it near trucks to be trans-
ported inland.
THE HELICOPTERS n e , e r
stop during daylight hours. They
refuel with their engines run-
ning, in two minutes.

They are now unloading 3000
tons of cement daily, and pilots
say none is lost. Cemeqt that
leaks out of split bags is sucked
up by two huge mobile vacuum
cleaners and repacked.
In the seven months since the
helicopter operation began, the
price of cement in Jidda has
been halved to $5.7 for a 110-
pound bag.
The landing craft, surplus
U.S. Navy equipment, operate at
a beachhead, disgorging mater-
ial from their ramps and then
darting out to the ships again.
The motorized barges have con-
tracted to offload two million
tons of goods per year.
D }iSy Offiejal^Bulltin
Daily Official Bulletn
official publication of the Univer-
sity of Michigan. Notices should, be
sent in TYPEWRITTEN FORM to
409 E. Jefferson, before 2 p.m. of
the day preceding publication and
by 2 p.m Friday for Saturday and
Sunday. Items appear once only.
Student organization notices are
not accepted for publication. For
more information, phone 764-9270.
Thursday, January 20, 1977
DAY CALENDAR
Ind./Op. Eng.: John J. Bartholdi,
U. of Florida, "Efficient Idle Tlnie
Scheduling," 335 W.E., 11:00 a.m.
Geology, Mineralogy: Steven M.
Stanley. Johns #Hopkins, "The Sta-
bility of Species in Geologic Time,"
2501 CC Little, 3:30 p.m.
Physics/Astronomy: R. Cahn, "Par-
ity violations in Hydrogen and the
Fundamental Structure of the Weak
Current," 2038 Randall Lab., 4 p.m.
Guild House: Poetry Reading, Mar-
tha Merrill and Bob Walker, reading
their works, 802 Monroe, 7:30 p.m.
Music School: Michigan State U~ni-
versity Symphony Band, Hill Aud.,
8 p.m.

SPRING BREAK
SPECIALS
NEW YORK ....$102* NEWARK... ..$102*
BOSTON .. ... $111* PHILADELPHIA , $95r
WARM* WEATHER VACATIONS!
FT. LAUDERDALE (airfare only) .... $150*
HAWAII (airfare and hotel)........ .$359
ARUBA (airfare and hotel )......... $339
JAMAICA (airfare and hotel).......$359
ACAPULCO (airfare and hotel) ....... $349
CANCUN (airfare and hotel)'......$342.10
TORONTO WEEKEND (Feb. 11-13) $40*
SIGN-UP DEADLINE: FEB. 4th
UAC TRAVEL OFFICE
2nd Floor Michigan Union-763-2147
'Price includes $1-5 service charge

Dr. Watson watches anxiously (thinking perhaps of Freud?)
as Sherlock Holmes, played by John Michalski, formerly of
The Acting Co., prepares to give himself a shot of cocaine.
See the famous detective at the Power Center Fri. and Sat.
at 8 p.m., and Sun. at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. For ticket informa-
tion contact The Professional Theatre Program Ticket Office
between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. or call 764-0450.

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YOU NEVER EXPECTED FROM AN APPLIANCE STORE.

p OPEN DAILY 10am to 9pm
iturday Only!

COMING TO THE UNION BALLROOM
MONDAY, FEB. 7
JACK WHITE
INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS
POCKET BILLIARD and TRICK-SHOT ARTIST
In FREE Exhibition
4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

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FLOOR 'SAMPLESALE
1001 to 50% OFF
Demonstrators, display models, nicks and scratches, prior year as-is models,
and slow moving components that we're tired of looking at. These are all o6
sale Friday and Saturday at huge savings up to 50% off our everyday low
discount prices. It's first come - first serve. All merchandise not at all
stores. All items subject to prior sale. It's a bargain picker's paradise. Deals
like these may not be around again.
("') Items marked with double asterisk are all new in cartons and will be sold
at floor sample prices while quantities last.
(*) Items marked with single asterisk are either new in cartons or open floor
samples.
Items with no asterisks are open display pieces. Not at all stores.
If Highland can't sell these floor samples at these low price
M*. they ought to hang it up.

'SPEAKERS
**ALTEC ONE; suggested
list price $89. Now................

**AKAI CS34D: suggested $
list price $199. Now..........
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*AKAI GX630D; suggested $
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MARANTZ 5020; suggested $
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**MARANTZ 5120; sugg. $199
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**MARANTZ 5220; sugg. $ 21
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**MARANTZ 5420; sugg. $f
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**BSR 4810CX; suggested
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"*DUAL MOD I; suggested
list price $179. Now......
"DUAL 1226; suggested
list price $159. Now......

*MARANTZ IMPERIAL 4G;
sugg. list price $59. Now......
**MARANTZ IMPERIAL 7;
sugg. list price $199.95.......
MARANTZ HD-55; sugg.
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MARANTZ HD-66; sugg.
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**EPI MT2; suggested
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**MARANTZ 6100; sugg.
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list price $500. Now......

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list price $29.95. Now.......
"*WALD 575; suggested
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**MARANTZ 6200;.sugg.
list price $200. Now......

'SANSUI SR-525; sugg.
list price $230. Now.....
*SANSUI FR1080; sugg.
list price $140. Now......

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until the'afternoon to find out
what's happening when THE DAILY
can be on your doorstep in
time for breakfast-?

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$207 *"MARANTZ 1030 sugg- s1O
UM3list price $180. Now..........
$379 *MARANTZ 104; sugg 118
list price $170. Now............. .
75 **MARANTZ 1040; sugg.
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1P47 **MARANTZ 140; sugg. $19
list price $350. Now............
*PIONEER SA6500; sugg. $ 9
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A **PIONEER TX9500; sugg. 9
'475 lstprice $400. Now ..............*2 9

*SANSUI FR3080; sugg. $138
list price $200. Now........
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list price $35. Now............
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