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Ghana-israel Line to Order 12 New Ships; Will Inaugurate Run to U.S.

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The Joint Ghana-Israel Black Star Line submitted plans to the Government today to acquire 12 more ships by 1962 at an estimated cost of about 9,000,000 pounds sterling. It now has four ships.

The 12 vessels, mainly cargo ships, will be 7,000 to 8,000 tons each, A.R. Boakye, president of the line, said the company had received bids from 57 shipbuilding yards throughout the world. He also reported that because the United Arab Republic has black-listed Black Star ships, they will sail to the Far East around the Cape of Good Hope instead of through the Suez Canal.

Regular sailings of ships of the joint Ghana-Israel Black Star line between West Africa and the Eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada will start next month, it was announced here today. This has been made possible by acceptance of the Black Star line as a member of the American West African Freight Conference.

The service will be in augurated early in December when the “Tano River” sails from the Takoradi port with New York its first port of call.

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