A cargo ship carrying coal broke up and sank off the coast of Sardinia on Monday, nearly a month after it ran aground, port officials said on Tuesday. The Eurobulker IV, registered in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, was still holding about 14,000 tons of its original 17,000 tons of coal when it split in two and sank after two days of strong winds. It was reported that the ship's sinking had caused limited environmental damage because only a small part of the cargo had spilled into the sea. The ship's 16-member crew was evacuated when the tanker ran aground on September 8 off Portovesme. Operations to remove the cargo were halted on Sunday due to bad weather.
A ferry sank off the Turkish Black Sea coast Aug. 16 after a fire, officials said, adding that one crew member was missing, but no passengers were on board when the vessel went down. Firefighters rescued 12 crew members from the Gurgen-2 ferry after a blaze broke out on the upper deck while the ship was docked in the port city of Trabzon but were unable to reach the remaining crew member. The search for the missing man has been called off, officials said.
A cargo ship carrying 150 tons of marble sank off the Italian coast on Friday killing three people and leaving another missing, Reuters reported. The Nautika 64 capsized about 64 km (40 miles) from the Adriatic port of Ancona when its cargo shifted. Port authorities said they received a "May Day" call for help at 7:45 a.m. (0645 GMT) and sent boats and a helicopter to the ship, which was sailing under the Croatian flag.
Rescuers have recovered 15 bodies from a ship that sank off the southern coast of Indonesian New Guinea last week with the feared loss of more than 100 lives. About 40 survivors were rescued and treated at a local hospital. The Bimas Raya-II ship sank near Irian Jaya's southern town of Merauke, some 2,340 miles (3,800 km) east of Jakarta, on Oct. 18. The ship had a loading capacity of 125 passengers but reportedly was carrying 159 passengers when it sank
According to a May 13 report from The New York Times, President Hugo Chávez announced early in the day that an offshore natural gas exploration rig, the Aban Pearl, leased to Venezuela’s national oil company sank off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and forced the rig to evacuate all 95 of its workers. The cause of the sinking is unclear. (Source: The New York Times)
India's coastguard rescued 30 crewmen who abandoned a Vietnamese cargo ship carrying 13,200 tons of potash fertilizer on Tuesday after it began sinking off the east coast of India, a port official said. "The 30 crew members of the MV Lucnam have been rescued by the Indian Coast Guard and vessels from the Calcutta Port Trust," a port spokesman said The ship, owned by the state-run Vietnam Ocean Shipping Co, was sinking at Sandheads at the mouth of Bay of Bengal
1812 - USS Constitution escapes from British squadron after 3 day chase off New Jersey 1886 - Atlanta, the first steel-hulled American cruiser armed with breechloading rifled guns, is commissioned. 1897 - LT Robert E. Peary departs on year long Arctic Expedition which makes many important discoveries, including one of largest meteorites, Cape York. 1918 - Armored cruiser USS San Diego sunk off Fire Island, NY by a mine laid by U-156.
A Portuguese trawler has sunk off the coast of Mauritania with the loss of 13 lives, officials reported. Another 13 people are believed to have survived the wreck of the Orcados, which went down on Friday off Nouadhibou. They had no breakdown of the nationalities of the people on board.
Bernama reported that a barge laden with logs meant for export sank near the rivermouth of Sungai Batang Kemena in Bintulu, while another one was partially submerged after being hit by strong waves early Tuesday morning. No casualties were reported. Source: Bernama
The Solar 1 tanker that sank off Guimaras Island is leaking more bunker fuel, thus adding to the spill that has already devastated the marine environment and affected coastal communities in the island and nearby provinces of Iloilo and Negros Occidental. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said the leakage started Monday night. According to official estimates, the tanker has already leaked 50,000 gallons of fuel and still has 450,000 gallons on several tanks on board
A North Korean cargo vessel called Kum San sank off the east coast of China early on March 9 after colliding with a Chinese fuel tanker, which rescued 27 crew members, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement on Monday. The collision took place near the port of Lianyuanhang in
A boat ferrying 40 people from Indonesia capsized off Malaysia's coast on Monday and at least nine people were killed and nearly 30 were missing, the latest accident involving migrant workers in overloaded boats. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) said it had recovered the
A North Korean cargo vessel carrying rice sank off the west coast of Japan's westernmost major island of Kyushu on Thursday after springing a leak, but all 26 crew members were rescued without sustaining injuries, Japan's coastguard said.
A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Thursday two of its offshore oil industry supply vessels sank off the coast of France earlier in the day as they were being towed for scrapping in Turkey. It said the two vessels, Maersk Searcher and Maersk Shipper
At least 35 of the 64 people who were on a ferry that sank off Yemen have been rescued, a Yemeni minister said on Wednesday. Rescue teams continued to look for survivors from the boat that was en route from Hadramout province in mainland Yemen to the island of Socotra
A speedboat carrying 101 people, mostly migrant workers, struck a reef and sank off an Indonesian island on Wednesday, killing 18 people, the country's disaster agency said. The accident occurred as the boat was heading from the southern Malaysian state of Johor towards Indonesia's Batam
1803 - Commodore John Barry dies at Philadelphia, Pa., having served in numerous commands and over vessels in the Continental Navy during the American Revolution and in the newly formed U.S. Navy. 1814 - During the War of 1812
An Indian cargo ship loaded with vehicles and food supplies destined for Yemen sank on Saturday off the coast of Oman but without loss of life, Oman’s ONA state news agency reported. The ship, heading to Yemen's Al Mukalla port after it was loaded in Sharjah in the UAE
Researchers from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners are set to visit what remains of two ships—a German U-boat and a Nicaraguan freighter – which sank off Cape Hatteras during World War II’s “Battle of the Atlantic
Ten people have drowned while five are still missing after a wooden boat carrying 17 people capsized in the province of Riau Islands on Sunday morning, reports the Jakarta Post. The boat capsized in rough seas and sank off Indonesia's Bintan island, south of Singapore.
1898 - During the Spanish-American War, USS Marblehead (C 11), along with auxiliary cruisers USS Yankee and USS St. Louis, engage the Spanish gunboat Sandoval and the shore batteries at Guantanamo, Cuba for 2 1/2 hours. 1917 - During World War I, U.S
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.
1942 - USS Tautog (SS 199) sinks Japanese submarine I-28; USS Triton (SS 201) sinks the Japanese submarine (I 64), and USS Skipjack (SS 184) sinks a Japanese army transport ship. 1943 - Destroyers USS Moffett (DD 362) and USS Jouett (DD 396) sink German submarine U 128
1863 - During the Civil War, the steam screw sloop Sacramento, commanded by Captain Charles S. Boggs, seizes the British blockade-runner Wanderer off Murrells Inlet, N.C. 1896 - A landing party of 15 Marines and 19 Seaman from USS Alert arrive at Corinto, Nicaragua
A fishing vessel sank off the Western Isles, Scotland, in the early hours of April 9. Four crew members were on board at the time of the incident. One was located and taken to hospital by helicopter, two have been found but are confirmed deceased, and one fisherman remains missing.