September, 2000 Maritime News

Gale Force Wave Injures Three On Oriana

Sep 29, 2000

A 40-ft. (13 m) wave hit P&O's flagship cruise ship Thursday night during a severe gale in the Atlantic, slightly injuring three of the 2,325 people aboard, the company said.

Coastguards Work To Pump Out Wrecked Cargo Ship

Sep 29, 2000

Coastguards battled to pump out seawater gushing into a cargo ship holed below the water line after it collided with another vessel off Sweden's Baltic coast on Friday, a spokesman said.

Another Greek Ferry Runs Into Trouble

Sep 29, 2000

A Greek ferry with 1,081 passengers aboard ran aground as it was about to dock in an Aegean island port early on Friday but there were no injuries, the merchant marine ministry said.

Russia And Norway To Join Forces During Disasters At Sea

Sep 29, 2000

Russia and Norway signed an accord on Friday committing them immediately to alert their neighbor of any sea accidents such as the underwater explosion that sank a Russian submarine last month.

Kvaerner Says It Won't Raise Takeover Bid

Sep 29, 2000

Anglo-Norwegian industry group Kvaerner said on Friday that it would not raise or extend its $725 million takeover bid for oil and gas services firm Aker Maritime Kvaerner's offer of 0.

Militants Release Royal Dutch/Shell Hostages

Sep 29, 2000

Royal Dutch/Shell said on Friday that 12 of its Nigerian oil workers abducted by militants in the Niger Delta have been released. A spokesman for Shell said

Business As Usual At Manila Container Terminal

Sep 29, 2000

Operations resumed at the Manila International Container Terminal after striking workers cleared barricades preventing entry to the port, a senior Philippine official said.

Cargo Ships Collide Off Baltic Coast

Sep 29, 2000

Two cargo ships collided on Friday off Sweden's Baltic coast near the southern town of Karlskrona, a coastguard spokesman said. The larger ship was about 328 ft.

Greek Ferry Crew Blames Sinking On Bad Weather

Sep 29, 2000

The crew of Greek ferry Express Samina that sank killing 72 people blamed the disaster on bad weather, saying the ship would not obey commands. "The weather threw me on the rocks,

Minoan Stock Continues To Fall

Sep 29, 2000

Shares in Greek ferry operator Minoan Lines slipped again on the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday following the sinking of the Express Samina ferry belonging to its subsidiary Minoan Flying Dolphins.

Violence Erupts At Manila Container Port Strike

Sep 28, 2000

One worker was killed in a violent strike that forced a major international container port in Manila to halt operations on Thursday. "One of our workers was stabbed in the neck and died,

Royal Dutch/Shell Workers Held Hostage In Nigeria

Sep 28, 2000

It was reported that militant youths in Nigeria's Niger Delta are holding 12 Royal Dutch/Shell workers hostage, to press for compensation for an oil spill in their area.

Trico Marine Rated As Strong Buy

Sep 28, 2000

Deutsche Banc Alex.Brown said on Thursday that it had started coverage of Trico Marine Services Inc., an energy services provider, with a strong buy rating and a $20-a-share price target.

B.V. Holding Purchases 78 Percent Stake in Okean

Sep 28, 2000

Dutch B.V. Holding Maatschappij Damen has bought 78 percent of Ukraine's ship building plant Okean and will pay 26.3 million hryvnias ($4.8 million) for the stake,

Minoan Ferry Captain, Crew Indicted

Sep 28, 2000

The captain and four crewmen from the Greek ferry that sank off Paros with more than 500 passengers aboard were moved to another island to be formally charged with manslaughter, eyewitnesses said.

Crew of Sunken Minoan Ferry to be Charged With Manslaughter

Sep 28, 2000

Greece launched manslaughter proceedings today, Thursday, September 28, against five members of the crew of the ferry Express Samina and pledged harsh punishment

Greek Authorities Continue to Mull Cause of Ferry Disaster

Sep 27, 2000

Greek investigators are still struggling to shed light on why a passenger ferry hit rocks and sank, killing at least 63 people in the country's worst sea tragedy for 35 years.

Heavy Winds, High Waves Close Mexican Ports

Sep 27, 2000

Mexico's Pajaritos oil export terminal and Dos Bocas port, which also handles oil tankers, were both closed to shipping, the Transport Ministry said in a routine report.

IEA To Hold Emergency Board Meeting

Sep 27, 2000

The International Energy Agency (IEA), plans to call an emergency meeting of its governing board on October 4 to discuss the global oil situation, an official said.

Bahrain Releases Detained Ferry

Sep 27, 2000

Bahrain on Wednesday released a ferry carrying 150 people from Iraq to Dubai it had briefly detained after a passenger was accused of killing the ship's chief purser in an argument, officials said.

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