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Titanic Discoverer Makes Oldest Deep Sea Find

The team who found the wreck of the Titanic reportedly discovered two Phoenician ships off the coast of Israel 2,700 years after they sank with their cargo of wine.


Pirates Seize German Ship

Suspected Somali pirates last week seized a German-owned cargo ship off the coast of the Gulf Arab state of Oman, the first recorded attack in its territorial waters, NATO alliance staff said on Friday, according to Reuters. The MV Charelle was reportedly attacked south of Sur on the Omani coast  


Russia Disputes Tanker Investigation

Russia questioned the legality of a Canadian-U.S. probe into the alleged ramming last week off Massachusetts of an American trawler by a Russian-owned tanker, which resulted in the deaths of three fishermen. Sergei Palekhov, head of the Russian Transport Ministry's maritime section, said international law demanded the investigation be held in Cyprus, where the tanker Virgo is registered, and that Russian officials have access to the crew


Cargo Ship Loses Containers in Heavy Seas

The container ship Seaboard Voyager lost four of its containers approximately 18 miles north of Puerto de Tanamo, Cuba, Wednesday 2:18 p.m. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Miami received the report from the ship's master at 11:30 a.m. yesterday that Seaboard Voyager encountered rough seas and bad weather off the Cuban coast and four containers became loose. The Coast Guard instructed the master to anchor the ship off the coast of Miami so safety inspectors could make sure the ship


Unhappy Ship's Engineer Repatriated

Malayali engineer Arun George Thomas, evacuated from an India-flagged ship off Goa coast after father obtained a court order. The evacuation was based on a High Court directive following a Habeas Corpus petition filed by Arun’s father who alleged that Arun was being illegally detained in the ship, reports The New Indian Express. Arun told Thrikkakara police that after he joined the ship in November from Sharjah, he came to know that it was not sea worthy and hence wanted to quit


Bechtel Studies Cargo Ship Safety in West Africa

Bechtel launched a new research initiative to improve the safety of mooring large cargo ships off the coast of West Africa. The combination of heavy ocean swell, squalls and shallow coastlines can create unpredictable conditions which limit the number of dry bulkers that can be moored safely in the area. The results of this research aim to provide new mooring guidelines and systems, which will improve the transfer and transshipment of natural resources from the region.


Cruise Ship Remains Stuck on Bar near Washougal

The Empress of the North lost a lot of weight on March 25, but the stubborn sternwheeler refused to budge from her perch on a Columbia River sandbar. Rescuers had a simple plan to save the 360-foot ship, which grounded near Washougal, Wash., on the morning of March 24. They would drain most of the ship's diesel fuel, then hope the reduced weight and a rising afternoon tide would lift the Empress enough to maneuver downstream


Damaged Ship Threatens Pollution

A damaged container ship, off the English coast and listing badly, has started to shed some of its load of cargo containers in heavy winds. Coastguards said they were on alert because the vessel could break up. The stricken MSC Napoli was deliberately run aground in waters close to Sidmouth, southwest England, after it was damaged during a storm on Thursday. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has confirmed two of the containers are carrying dangerous materials


Costa Concordia: Lawyers Maintain Owners Criminally Liable

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Ronai & Ronai, LLP, a New York law firm that represents victims, including Sandor Feher, a musician who lost his life while trying to evacuate passengers, believes that the criminality of the deaths should also be placed on Costa Crociere/Carnival Corp., which was able to escape criminal liability simply because of their ability to pay a monetary fine. On July 20, 2013, five crew members of the Costa Concordia cruise ship were convicted of manslaughter for their role in the shipwreck in


Multi-User Offshore Hub Offers Significant Advantages Over Traditional Ports

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Bechtel, the global engineering, construction and project management company, has created a design for ports that they say has potential to transform shipping in Africa.  The Multi-User Offshore Hub is designed for two or more users and consists of an offshore, smart terminal arrangement and docking system that can accommodate oceangoing vessels and barges. The Multi-User Offshore Hub has the potential to open new market opportunities for African ports by significantly increasing


Concept 'Offshore Hub' In Lieu of Traditional Port

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Bechtel, the global engineering, construction, and project management company, has created a revolutionary design for ports that could transform shipping in Africa. The Multi-User Offshore Hub is designed for two or more users and consists of an offshore


Tanker Strikes Coral Reef

Multiple sources reported that a 500gt tanker MT Awang Bazao grounded in Bintan Sea, Riau Islands. The Mongolian-flagged vessel struck coral reef in the Malang Berdaun area, 1.5 miles from the mainland, while en route to Singapore. Rough weather conditions allegedly pulled the ship off course


Four Taken Off Troubled 'Issues with Hull' MSC Ship

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The joint rescue co-ordination centre in Halifax says four people have been taken off a container ship about 60 kilometres south of Portugal Cove South, N.L. CTV News reports, citing Canadian Coast Guard spokesman Maj. Martel Thompson, who also informed that the container ship 'MSC Monterey'


Video: USCG Medevacs Man from Cruise Ship

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The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it medevaced a 66-year-old man Wednesday from a cruise ship approximately 50 miles east of Wilmington, N.C. after receiving reports that the man was in medical distress. The USCG’s video can be seen here: Coast Guard Medevacs 66-Year-Old Man From Cruise


Update on Stranded Ship off Puerto Rico

MV Jireh: Photo credit US Fish & Wildlife Service

Original 1963 plans found on board cargo ship 'Jireh'  help Coast Guard, Federal & local safety agencies prevent pollution Diesel fuel removal operations continue onboard the cargo freighter Jireh that grounded on the Southwest coast of Mona, Island in Puerto Rico, on June 21.


Star Bulk Ship Off Hire Following Engine Failure

Greece's Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announce a recent incident involving their chartered bulker, 'Star Polaris' Star Bulk Carriers Corp. announce that their Star Polaris sustained main engine failure while sailing from the port of Dangjin, South Korea.


Polar Expedition Vessel the Sunken 'S.S. Terra Nova' Discovered

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Schmidt Ocean Institute’s flagship 'R/V Falkor' locates the wreck of historic exploration ship off the coast of Greenland. During routine functional performance testing of the mutibeam mapping echosounders on the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s flagship R/V Falkor


Landlocked Switzerland Employs Private Maritime Security

Swiss shipping operators confirm they employ armed security guards to protect their ships off Somalia & Gulf of Aden. Landlocked Switzerland plays a surprisingly prominent role in the commercial shipping scene. The Geneva-based Mediterranean Shipping Company operates 422 vessels


Concordia Captain Files Wrongful Dismissal Claim

Dismissed by Costa Cruises following the wrecking of his ship off the Italian coast, Capt. Schettino has sued for wrongful dismissal. Italian Francesco Schettino was not only fired by Costa Cruises but is accused by prosecutors of causing the accident by sailing the luxury cruiser liner too


Dubai-based Counter-Piracy Team Warns Mariners

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With the ending of this year's monsoon season the British Navy reinforces their warning to seafarers to beware pirates. Attacks by ‘pirate action groups’ trying to hijack merchant shipping off the Horn of Africa are expected to increase


'HMS Bounty' Foundering Probe

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US Coast Guard to formally investigate cause of the sinking of the tall ship off Cape Hatteras during Hurricane 'Sandy'. Rear Adm. Steven Ratti, the Coast Guard 5th District commander, has ordered a district formal investigation to determine the cause of the sinking of the Bounty


Salvage Team Removes Fuel From Grounded USS Guardian

U.S. Navy image: salvage operation in progress.

To prevent potential environmental damage, a U.S. Navy-led salvage team on Jan. 25 completed removing all diesel fuel from the tanks of the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5), which ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef one week earlier.  


Academic Treasure Hunters Gain Third Site

Seafarer Exploration Corp has finalized an agreement with Heartland Treasure Quest LLC (HTQ) for a third treasure site. The company is focused on the archaeologically-sensitive exploration, documentation and recovery of historic shipwrecks with an emphasis on recovering treasure and understanding


Somali Pirates to Face Trial for American Murders

On June 3, 2013 the United States begins a capital murder trial against three alleged Somali pirates, accused of killing four Americans at sea. If convicted, the defendants could be sentenced to death. While more pirates are being convicted in courts around the world


Nine Convicted Over 2007 Greek Cruise Sinking

Sea Diamond sinking off Santorini, Greece (AP photo / Christos Bekiaris)

Multiple news sources have reported that Greek court has convicted nine officers and shipping company officials of negligence in the sinking of a cruise ship off the resort island of Santorini more than six years ago. Sea Diamond, a Louis Hellenic cruise vessel, was carrying roughly 1


 
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