COLOGNE (Dec. 1)
The fifth of an eight-vessel fishing fleet being built in various German shipyards as reparations payments to Israel was launched today at a shipyard at the Rhine city of Duisberg. The vessel will be brought to the North Sea for her shakedown cruise, after which an Israel crew will sail her through the English Channel, down the coast of France and Spain, through the Straits of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean and on to Haifa.
Two other of the completed vessels are currently being put through their paces before sailing for their home port next month, and three more vessels are due to be launched soon. All eight are diesel powered, 52-foot ships equipped with the latest electronic devices for locating schools of fish.
The West German Ministry of Economics has announced to German produce importers that they may submit bids for $2,800,000 worth of Israel citrus fruit and $1,100,000 worth of Israel-grown peanuts.