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Cargo Ship Sinks off Somalia

A cargo ship carrying tons of coal sank off the coast of Somalia, and a rescue mission was under way to save the crew, said officials on Thursday. Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Programme, said about 20 crew members were believed to be floating in life rafts since the MV Kanaya went down on Wednesday. There was no evidence that the sinking was due to piracy, which had been a growing problem, off Somalia's coastline. Source: News24


This Day in Naval History – August 14

1813 - HMS Pelican captures USS Argus 1886 - SECNAV establishes Naval Gun Factory at Washington Navy Yard 1945 - Japan agrees to surrender; last Japanese ships sunk during World War II (15 August in DC) (Source: Navy News Service)  


Cambodian Ship Sinks In Yangtze River

A Cambodian ship carrying steel sank after colliding with a Panamanian cargo-free ship in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, officials said on Friday. No injuries or casualties were reported, it said. The Conan, flying the Cambodian flag, was bound for the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing from Mokpo of South Korea, carrying 10,000 tons of rolled steel, collided with a Panamanian ship, Robin Forest on Wednesday in the waters of Nantong, between Nanjing and Shanghai.


This Day in Naval History - July 28

From the Navy News Service 1915 - Sailors and Marines land in Haiti to restore order. 1916 - Navy establishes a Code and Signal Section which initially worked against German ciphers and tested the security of communications during U.S. naval training maneuvers. 1926 - Team of scientists from Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Carnegie Institution determine height of the Ionosphere through use of radio pulse transmitter developed by NRL.


Sunken Canadian Ship Polluting Alaskan Coast

According to a Feb. 24 report from The Gazette, a sunken Canadian steamship that offered luxury cruises for decades along the British Columbia coast, then served a crucial role during the Second World War transporting troops, supplies and Jewish refugees, is now polluting the waters of a major Pacific Ocean inlet. The Princess Kathleen, a Canadian Pacific cruise ship sank in a storm off southeast Alaska nearly 60 years ago and has been identified as the source of a persistent oil slick in


Today in U.S. Naval History: December 10

USS Francis Scott Key (SSBN-657). U.S. Navy Photo

Today in U.S. Naval History - December 10 1941 - Guam surrenders to Japanese. 1941 - Aircraft from USS Enterprise attack and sink Japanese Submarine I-70 north of Hawaiian Islands. A participant in the Pearl Harbor Attack, I-70 is the first Japanese combatant ship sunk during World War II. 1941 - PBY piloted by Lt. Utter of VP-101 shoots down Japanese ZERO in first Navy air-to-air kill during World War II. 1950 - Evacuation operations at Wonson, North Korea, completed.


The Erika oil spill - using the incident to positive effect

Oslo-based INTERTANKO is well regarded for its work with government and international regulatory bodies in ensuring that rules and regulations pertaining to the design, construction and operations of tankers is consistent with factual data in regards to the industry's record. In the wake of the Erika disaster, Intertanko's Dagfinn Lunde has been understandably busy in meetings to ensure that ownership issues are presented


INTERTANKO: Use Erika to positive effect

The breakup of the Erika off the French coast in severe weather on 12 December 1999 and the subsequent spillage of 14,000 tonnes of her heavy fuel oil cargo have prompted a reaction of a magnitude not experienced since the grounding of Exxon Valdez in 1989. The popular media had two bites of the cherry - the first when the ship sank and the second, two weeks later, when her cargo began washing up on French beaches. For the maritime press, there has been no hiatus


Passenger Ship Sinks Off Virginia, Crew Rescued

A Panamanian-flagged ship carrying a crew of 34, but no passengers, sank off the coast of Virginia on Sunday after its engine room flooded, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman said two helicopters rescued the crew from the Sea Breeze I shortly before the 600-ft. vessel sank. The spokeswoman added the Coast Guard received a distress signal from the ship on Sunday, saying it had lost an engine and its engine room was flooding.


'Titanic' Buffs, Researchers – Newspaper Archive Published

Image credit PaperlessArchives

PaperlessArchives.com publishes 1,200 selected complete American newspaper pages, dating from April 1, 1912 to April 14, 1922, covering the sinking of the 'Titanic' and its aftermath The sinking of the Titanic was the first international news story of the twentieth century to receive instantaneous, intensive coverage world-wide. American newspapers had an advantage over the British press, since survivors of the Titanic were brought to New York City


Today in U.S. Naval History: August 14

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 14 1813 - HMS Pelican captures USS Argus 1886 - SECNAV establishes Naval Gun Factory at Washington Navy Yard 1945 - Japan agrees to surrender; last Japanese ships sunk during World War II (August 15 in DC)


Nickel Ore Shipments: Lessons Learned from Losses

One of the most pressing problems for the bulk shipping industry is the safe carriage of nickel ore. The increasing demand for this commodity is fuelled by China’s thirst for nickel ore as it is the principal alloy component for stainless steel.


East China Sea Storm: Two Ships Sink, 26 Missing

Storm: Image CCL 3

Altogether 26 people are missing after two ships sank in separate incidents off the coast of east China's Shandong Province, reports Xinhua. Strong gales were forecast off Shandong, when twelve people were confirmed missing after the ship "XINGLONGZHOU65"


Today in U.S. Naval History: April 7

USS Ohio (SSBN-726). U.S. Navy photo

Today in U.S. Naval History: April 7 1776 - Continental brig Lexington captures British Edward 1917 - Navy takes control of all wireless radio stations in the U.S. 1942 - Navy accepts African Americans for general service 1945 - Carrier aircraft defeat last Japanese Navy sortie (Battle


Celebrating the Bravery of the Titanic’s Engineering Staff

With the centenary of the tragic sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912 only days away, much information is being made available from many sources, and film and TV programs are bringing to the public the suffering and the loss of life of the passengers and crew.


This Day in Naval History - July 02

From the Navy News Service:   1923 - Commissioning of Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. 1926 - Distinguished Flying Cross authorized by Congress. 1937 - Amelia Earhart disappears in Pacific. Navy conducts extensive unsuccessful search.


Bad Weather Prevents Salvage of Historic Battleship's Bell

Wreath Laying: Photo credit MOD

An attempt by US philanthropist to recover the bell of the sunken Second World War British battle-cruiser HMS Hood postponed. After more than ten days working in the North Atlantic in worsening weather and difficult deep currents, the recovery team on board US philanthropist Paul Allen's yacht


'Costa Concordia' Owners Put Their Side

Costa Concordia Wreck: Photo credit CCL Roberto Vongher

Costa Crociere issue a statement with their point of view regarding the recent hearings in Grosseto on the loss of the cruise ship. The Costa Concordia owners drew attention to the following points, which are condensed here. The Crisis Unit


Baltic Ace Totem-VDR Capsule Recovered

Totem VDR.JPG

The capsule of the Car Carrier Baltic Ace was recovered on Dec. 22nd, more than two weeks after the ship sank in the North Sea west of Rotterdam.   Rough weather and debris prevented the divers from recovering the capsule earlier. Opening the capsule was performed under the supervision


Remains of Civil War Sailors to be Buried at Arlington

Photo: US Navy

USS Monitor, famous for its role in the first battle of ironclads during the American Civil War, was designed by Swedish-born John Ericson and built in 118 days in Brooklyn, N.Y. beginning Oct 25, 1861.  Less than two weeks after its Feb


Container Ship Capsizes in E. China Sea

Rescuers have retrieved 11 bodies and are searching for two missing crew members after a container ship sank off east China. The Beihai Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport dispatched two rescue vessels and a helicopter to the seawater area 40 nautical miles northeast of Longkou


Canada Adopts North American ECA Standards

Honourable Denis Lebel & Officials: Photo creditTransport Canada

Canada aligns with USA to reduce harmful air emissions from ships navigating in Canadian waters. The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental


Today in U.S. Naval History: June 21

(Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.)

Today in U.S. Naval History - June 21 1898 - USS Charleston captures island of Guam from Spain 1945 - Okinawa declared secure after most costly naval campaign in history. U.S. had 30 ships sunk and 223 damaged, mostly from kamikaze attacks, with 5000 dead and 5000 wounded


Today in U.S. Naval History: July 2

Today in U.S. Naval History - July 2 1923 - Commissioning of Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. 1926 - Distinguished Flying Cross authorized by Congress. 1937 - Amelia Earhart disappears in Pacific. Navy conducts extensive unsuccessful search


Remaining Part of MOL Comfort Sinks with Bunkers

MOL Comfort Fore Part: Photo courtesy of India Coast Guard

Some 1,600 metric tonnes of fuel oil and 2,400 containers onboard the 'MOL Comfort' sank to the ocean floor when the remaining forward part of the container ship sank. "There is an oil film at the site, but no large volume of oil leakage has, at this moment, been observed


 
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