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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.


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.


Fuel Slick Washes Up On Canary Islands After Ship Sinks

Around 120 kilos of shipping fuel has been scraped up off the Spanish Gran Canaria tourist beaches Veneguera, Tasarte and Taurito, the government said on Thursday, after a Russian fuel-laden ship sank off the coast last week.   The situation on the beaches would worsen over the next few days, the environmentalist group Greenpeace warned in a separate statement.   The Russian vessel Oleg Naydenov, carrying 1,409 tonnes of fuel oil


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.


'Titanic' Buffs, Researchers – Newspaper Archive Published

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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


Treasure Hunters Return to "Ship of Gold"

J. Childs painting of SS Central America sinking in 1857. (National Maritime Museum, London)

A deep-ocean exploration company is seeking to recover a lucrative haul of gold aboard the shipwreck of the SS Central America, nearly 160 years after it sank off the coast of South Carolina in a 1857 hurricane. The work that began this week follows a long court battle over treasure salvaged from the shipwreck in the late 1980s by a pioneering young engineer whose efforts were detailed in a 1998 bestselling book, "Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea."


US Navy Salvage Team Seeks to Confirm El Faro Wreckage

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

A U.S. Navy salvage team prepared on Sunday to launch a remotely operated submersible to confirm that wreckage discovered near the Bahamas was that of the cargo ship El Faro, lost in a hurricane last month along with its 33 crew members.   The team's mission is to document the shipwreck and any debris field, and to retrieve the sunken vessel's voyage data recorder - similar to an airplane's black box - as part of an investigation into its loss


US Aims to Recover El Faro VDR in Next Few Months

El Faros voyage data recorder next to the ships mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board hopes to recover the voyage data recorder from the cargo ship El Faro, which sank during a hurricane killing all 33 crew on board, over the next two to three months, an agency official said on Thursday.


US Coast Guard Resumes Probe into El Faro Sinking

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U.S. Coast Guard investigators on Monday resumed a probe of last year's deadly sinking of the El Faro off the Bahamas, beginning two weeks of hearings to examine the cargo ship's operations, weather forecasts and regulatory oversight. Captain Eric Bryson


Details El Faro's Sinking Emerge from US Probe

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

U.S. investigators on Friday concluded two weeks of hearings into the sinking of cargo ship El Faro in a hurricane last fall that included reports the vessel had outdated weather data and testimony from some of the last people to see it.  


Lack of Communication Led to Houston Ship Collision -NTSB

The probable cause of the 2015 collision of the Conti Peridot and the Carla Maersk in the Houston Ship Channel was the inability of the pilot on the Conti Peridot to respond appropriately to hydrodynamic forces after meeting another vessel during restricted visibility


Search for Ship Lost in Hurricane a Big Challenge

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Deep seas may complicate efforts to find the sunken U.S. cargo ship lost off the Bahamas during Hurricane Joaquin, a federal safety investigator said, as a search and rescue mission for 32 missing crew stretched into a sixth day. A U.S. National Transportation Safety Board team arrived on


LNG Tanker Smash Sinks Cargo Ship

Flinterstar. Photo by Flinter Shared Services B.V

 The 2002-built, 8,850-dwt freighter Flinterstar is owned by Dutch shipping firm Flinter has sank after colliding nearly head on with the Marshall Islands-flagged LNG carrier Al-Oraiq in the North Sea off Belgium on Tuesday morning.  


Salvors Find Bridge of Sunken El Faro

File photo: Crews equipped with underwater search equipment, including a voyage data recorder locator, side-scan sonar and an underwater remote operated vehicle, search for missing wreckage of El Faro. (U.S. Navy photo by John Kotara)

A salvage team looking for the voyage data recorder for the sunken freighter El Faro said on Thursday it had located the bridge deck that separated from the wreckage, but the ship's black box was still missing.   National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the search continues


Spanish Treasure Galleon San Jose Found - Colombia

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  Colombia has found the wreck of a Spanish galleon that sank off the coast of Cartagena and is thought to be laden with emeralds and gold and silver coins, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Friday. More details will be provided at a news conference on Saturday


Colombia to Build Museum showcasing Shipwreck Discovery

Concept of Spanish galleon what it looked like Picture from Prince Museum

  Colombia will build a museum to showcase artefacts found in the wreckage of a Spanish galleon discovered near the historic Caribbean port city of Cartagena, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday. The San Jose, thought by historians to be laden with emeralds and precious coins


Hanjin Aqua Aground in Sunda Strait

Hanjin Aqua. Photo: Hanjin Shipping

 The container ship  Hanjin Aqua (4,500-TEU) ran aground off Sangiang Island in Indonesia's Banten, Sundra Strait.   The ship with 2303 containers on board is en route from Adelaide Australia to Jakarta, including hazardous cargo class A.  


US Coast Guard Wraps up First Phase of El Faro Disaster Probe

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The U.S. investigation into the deadly sinking of the El Faro cargo ship during a hurricane last fall shifted direction on Friday, as the Coast Guard wrapped up its initial public hearings on the accident that killed all 33 people onboard.  


Search Resumes for El Faro Data Recorder

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The National Transportation Safety Board is set to resume its search April 18, 2016, for the vessel data recorder of the sunken El Faro cargo ship. The U.S. flagged El Faro sank during Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1, 2015. All 33 of the El Faro’s crew perished in the accident.


Migrant Boat Sinks, Hundreds Feared Dead

Up to 500 migrants might have drowned in the Mediterranean last week when human traffickers crammed people onto an already overcrowded ship, causing it to sink, the U.N. refugee agency said on Wednesday.   Somalia's government said on Monday about 200 or more Somalis may have died in the


El Faro’s Voyage Data Recorder Located

Voyage data recorder next to El Faro mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The voyage data recorder (VDR) belonging to sunken cargo ship El Faro was found early Tuesday morning in 15,000 feet of water, about 41 miles northeast of Acklins and Crooked Islands, Bahamas, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) announced.  


Another Mission Needed to Recover El Faro’s VDR

Voyage data recorder next to El Faros mast on ocean floor (Photo: NTSB)

The investigative team who located the El Faro’s voyage data recorder (VDR) has determined that another mission will be necessary in order to retrieve the device, which may contain recorded conversations and sounds from the ship’s navigation bridge






 
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