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June 27, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Federal and New Jersey authorities are methodically searching a cargo ship in a Newark harbor after a routine inspection of the vessel yielded a surprising outcome: When inspectors tapped on one container, they heard tapping back. "No voices. ... They tapped and they could hear tapping back," said Fannie Wilkes, lieutenant junior grade of the  U.S. Coast Guard's New York Command Center.  Wilkes told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday morning that the ship, whose last port of call was Egypt, was then taken into Port Newark Container Terminal, which was its destination anyway.
February 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Two American security officers and former Navy SEALs have been found dead on board the Maersk Alabama, the cargo ship whose hijacking by Somali pirates inspired the film "Captain Phillips," Seychelles Island police said Wednesday. According to police , Jeffrey Reynolds and Mark Kennedy, both 44, were discovered dead by a colleague who went to check on Kennedy late Tuesday afternoon while the ship was moored in Port Victoria. No cause of death was given and an investigation is underway.
July 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The SS Lane Victory is San Pedro's other wartime museum ship. The brawny battleship USS Iowa has been a media darling since it was towed to L.A.'s harbor and opened as a museum on July 7. But the Lane Victory, built in Los Angeles in 1945 as an emergency cargo ship and lovingly restored by U.S. Merchant Marine veterans, has been a floating museum since 1989. The ship also served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. And, unlike the Iowa, this one lets you take a spin on it. The ship, a National Historic  Landmark usually found at Berth 46, plans daylong cruises on the open ocean from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. this summer and fall that are designed to re-create the feel of being transported on a cargo ship.
December 23, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
When Tom Hanks first encountered his "Captain Phillips" co-stars Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Mahat M. Ali and Barkhad Abdirahman, he didn't get to shake their hands or exchange pleasantries; instead, he found himself staring down the barrels of their AK-47s. The Somali actors play the quartet of pirates who hijack the cargo ship Maersk Alabama in the Paul Greengrass-directed thriller based on a real incident in 2009. At the  Envelope Screening Series , Hanks, who plays the title role, said Greengrass purposely kept the Somali actors away from Hanks and the rest of the cast before filming in order to mirror the real-life dynamic of the surprise attack.
December 15, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A cargo ship carrying nearly 2,900 luxury cars capsized and sank after colliding with another cargo ship in the English Channel. There were no injuries. In heavy fog, the Norwegian-registered Tricolor collided with the Bahamas-registered container ship Kariba about 30 miles east of Ramsgate, southeastern England, said Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The Tricolor was carrying 2,862 cars -- high-end BMWs, Volvos and Saabs -- all believed lost.
January 21, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A fire broke out aboard a 370-foot cargo ship at anchor outside New York Harbor, injuring a crewman. A police helicopter evacuated the burned crew member to a hospital, where he was in critical but stable condition. The fire apparently began in the engine room of the Dutch-registered tanker, which had just unloaded cocoa beans in Brooklyn, Coast Guard officials said.
February 4, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 600-foot cargo ship ran aground on a sandy shoal in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the Coast Guard sent divers to check for any damage to the hull and fragile coral reefs. There were no reports of injuries or fuel spills from the grounding of the vessel Houston on Maryland Shoal, 12 miles southeast of Key West, said Petty Officer Jeff Hall. The Liberian-registered ship was bound for Spain from Texas and was off course.
June 30, 1988 | From United Press International
Three people, including a noted seaman, were rescued Wednesday from their battered sailboat by the crew of a British cargo ship, which rendezvoused with the stranded trio in high seas 400 miles southwest of Los Angeles, the Coast Guard reported.
July 17, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - North Korean officials on Wednesday called for Panama to release the crew members of a cargo ship being detained while authorities search it for Cuban missile components and other war materiel. North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the crew should be released because Panamanian authorities were looking for drugs, but had not found any, according to news reports. The Chong Chon Gang container ship remained docked on the Caribbean coast of Panama on Wednesday. Jose Raul Mulino, Panama's security minister, said in a TV interview that his country was awaiting the arrival of experts from the U.S. and Britain who could evaluate the “enormous quantity of armaments” involved.
October 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Greece warned illegal immigrants that its borders would remain closed to them, as a cargo ship carrying hundreds of refugees sat for a third day in international waters off the Greek coast. The cargo ship, thought to be carrying 300 to 400 illegal immigrants, was being shadowed by a Greek navy ship and several coast guard vessels south of the Peloponnesian peninsula. The Merchant Marine Ministry said there had been no communication with those on board.
December 5, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is outfitting a 647-foot cargo ship with high-tech equipment in an effort to safely destroy hundreds of tons of lethal chemical weapons agents that were collected in Syria after a deadly gas attack this summer sparked an international outcry. Two specially developed hydrolysis machines, which use water or bleach to neutralize the chemicals that produce nerve gases, have been installed aboard the Cape Ray at the U.S. naval base in Norfolk, Va., officials said Thursday.
November 26, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey
There is a kind of reassuring steadiness to Tom Hanks' acting. Even in the silliness of "Big," the time-shifting comedy that turned a boy into a man, he was zany, not outrageous. Sincerity made "Sleepless in Seattle" and his widowed young father impossibly romantic. His entrenched decency in "Philadelphia" helped push AIDS into the mainstream conversation and won Hanks an Oscar in 1994. His second Oscar came a year later for the masterful simplicity of "Forrest Gump. " There have been fallow years as the actor struggled to find his middle-aged niche.
November 20, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan
Before the tsunami of post-Thanksgiving releases sweeps you away, take a moment and catch up to one of the best films of the year, the Paul Greengrass-directed, Tom Hanks-starring "Captain Phillips," a film that manages to combine the dynamics of human behavior under stress with an affinity for the nuts and bolts of realistic action. The story of the six days that Richard Phillips, captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, spent in April of 2009 first trying to avoid a gang of Somali pirates and then as their restive captive, "Captain Phillips" does an impeccable job of creating and tightening the narrative screws.
November 6, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - When is a pirate not a pirate? A federal court may provide an answer in a trial that opened in Washington this week of a Somali official who helped win release of a hijacked Danish cargo ship and crew for $1.7 million ransom, but who played no part in seizing the vessel or holding it for 71 days. U.S. courts have convicted dozens of Somali pirates in recent years, part of a vast multinational effort that has helped curtail the rampant hijacking of oil tankers, freighters, sailboats and other ships off the Horn of Africa.
October 11, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Much like the captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, who was rescued by the U.S. Navy after his ship was set upon by Somali pirates in April 2009, "Captain Phillips" appears to have been in good hands. With Tom Hanks in front of the camera and Paul Greengrass behind it, the drama based on the notorious hijacking is earning excellent reviews. The Times' Kenneth Turan writes , "this film does an impeccable job of creating and tightening the narrative screws. The result is so propulsive that you may find yourself looking at your watch not out of boredom but because you're not sure how much more tension you can stand.
October 11, 2013 | By J. Peter Pham
The Tom Hanks movie "Captain Phillips," which opens Friday, will focus attention - again - on piracy off the coast of Somalia. The movie, in which (spoiler alert) the bad guys get caught, unfortunately might lead you to think that this is a problem that's been solved. After all, since the April 2009 seizure of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, recounted in "Captain Phillips," there has been only one hijacking of a U.S.-flagged vessel by Somali pirates, the February 2011 seizure of a U.S. yacht in which the Americans were killed.
May 10, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The military said Tamil Tiger rebels sank a navy cargo ship in the eastern port town of Trincomalee. Rebels attacked the 213-foot vessel with an underwater explosive device, said navy spokesman Cmdr. D.K.P. Dassanayake. He said the cargo ship was empty. The attack took place hours before voters were to cast ballots in a provincial election. The military has accused rebels of trying to disrupt the polls.
October 10, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
The space station Mir's crew opened the hatch of a newly arrived cargo ship and began unloading perishable groceries and equipment for biological experiments that need to be refrigerated. The cargo ship successfully docked with Mir a day earlier, but officials decided to keep its hatches closed to let Mir's solar batteries recharge and to allow the crew, which includes NASA astronaut David Wolf, time to rest after the tension of the docking procedure.
October 10, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When Paul Greengrass directs a thoroughly dramatic tale based on true events and Tom Hanks takes on the title role, you think you know what to expect. But just you wait - the piercingly realistic "Captain Phillips" will exceed your expectations. The story of the six days that Richard Phillips, captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, spent in April 2009 first trying to avoid a gang of Somali pirates and then as their restive captive, this film does an impeccable job of creating and tightening the narrative screws.
September 6, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With most eyes looking for reviews of films premiering out of the Toronto International Film Festival over the next week, it was a surprise to some when reviews hit the Web on Friday morning of the upcoming action-drama "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greengrass. The film doesn't premiere until Sept. 27, when it opens the New York Film Festival, and hits the multiplexes on Oct. 11. The early screenings and reviews could be an attempt to briefly steal some of the Toronto films' limelight.
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