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Coal Carrier Sinks Off Sardinian Coast

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.


Turkish Ferry Sinks Off Black Sea Coast

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.


15 Bodies Recovered From Ship Wreck

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


India's Coastguard Saves Abandoned Cargo Ship Crew

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


3 Die As Ship Carrying Marble Sinks Off Italy

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.


Venezuela Offshore Rig Sinks

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)  


More Oil Coming from Sunken Tanker

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


Barge Sinks Off Bintulu

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


13 Lives Lost With Trawler

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.


This Day in Naval History – July 19

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.


Deadliest Weekend Ever in the Mediterranean: UNHCR

Boat rescue: File photo

More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week, bringing the death toll this year to almost 3,000, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Monday.


S. Korea Navy Chief Quizzed About Salvage Ship Absence

Wreck buoy: File image

The state audit agency has interrogated the chief of the Navy over a faulty Navy salvage ship that failed to participate in the national rescue operation for the ferry Sewol that sank off the southwest coast in April according to an unnamed source cited by Yonhap News Agency.


Recipitents of Australian Search and Rescue Awards

(Search and Rescue)

  Five Tasmania Police officers will be recognised for their outstanding contribution to search and rescue tonight at this year’s Australian Search and Rescue Awards in Sydney. Since 1996, the National Search and Rescue Council


Remains in Costa Concordia May be Final Victim

Costa Concordia refloated.

A corpse found in the wreck of the Costa Concordia is thought to be that of the last person unaccounted for almost three years after the luxury liner sank, Italy's coast guard said on Monday. Russel Rebello, an Indian who worked as a waiter on the ship when it hit rocks and sank off the Tuscan


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


Today in U.S. Naval History: May 23

Today in U.S. Naval History - May 23 1850 - Navy sends USS Advance and USS Rescue to attempt rescue of Sir John Franklin's expedition, lost in Arctic. 1939 - USS Squalus (SS-92) sinks off Postsmouth, N.H., with loss of 26 lives. For more information about naval history


Second Diver Dies in Korea Ferry Search

Photo courtesy South Korea Coast Guard

A diver searching for bodies in a sunken ferry died on Friday after an accident, the coast guard said, as a car believed to be used by a fugitive businessman linked to the ship was reported found. The diver was pulled from the water where he was involved in the cutting open of the hull in the


Body Found Miles from South Korea Ferry Wreckage

Photo courtesy of South Korea Coast Guard

A victim from the South Korean ferry disaster was found in waters roughly 25 miles from the site of the capsized vessel, the Associated Press reported. The body is the first recovered since May 21, bringing the death toll to 289. Government officials said fingerprint scans identified the body


South Korea's Bizarre Manhunt for Ferry Family Boss

South Korea's biggest and most bizarre manhunt, linked to a ferry disaster in which hundreds drowned, has come full circle at the compound of a sect known for its organic ice cream as police on Thursday used earth movers to search for tunnels.


Ferry Family Boss Eludes South Korea Manhunt

Photo courtesy South Korea Coast Guard

South Korea's biggest and most bizarre manhunt, linked to a ferry disaster in which hundreds drowned, has come full circle at the compound of a sect known for its organic ice cream as police on Thursday used earth movers to search for tunnels.


Dutch Survey Vessel Joins Search for MH370

Fugro Equator (IMage courtesy of Fugro)

Dutch engineers this week started a months-long survey to map unchartered deep-sea terrain at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, the next step in the search for the wreck of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, a company official told Reuters. A survey ship from Dutch engineering company Fugro


Concordia Finally Heads for Scrapyard

Photo courtesy of The Parbuckling Project

The rusty hulk of the Costa Concordia began its journey to the scrapyard on Wednesday, after a two-year salvage operation off the Italian island where the cruise liner capsized two years ago, killing 32 people. Boats sounded horns and church bells rang as a tug boat slowly pulled the wreck of


Professor in Hot Water for Hosting Costa Concordia Captain

Costa Concordia aground (Photo: WikiCommons)

A professor who invited the disgraced captain of the capsized Costa Concordia to speak at a criminology seminar has been referred to the ethics committee at Rome's La Sapienza University, the university said on Wednesday. Professor Vincenzo Mastronardi held the seminar last month reconstructing


Bones Found on Concordia Possibly Final Victim's

Photo courtesy of the Parbuckling Project

Divers have found human remains in the wreck of the Costa Concordia and will check whether they belong to the one person still unaccounted for 2 1/2 years after the luxury liner sank, Italian authorities said on Wednesday. Russel Rebello, an Indian who worked as a waiter on the ship when it hit


700 Migrants Feared Drowned in Mediterranean

More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week, bringing the death toll this year to almost 3,000, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Monday.






 
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