March 1, 2011 |
Three children are among seven Danes who have been kidnapped by pirates in the Indian Ocean, Danish officials said Monday. The youths, ages 12 to 16, were taken captive along with their parents and two other adults on board a sailing vessel that put out a distress call Thursday, the Danish Foreign Ministry said. Media reports said the ship was on its way to Somalia, but the purpose of the voyage was unclear. It's believed to be the first time that children have been victims in the spate of hostage-taking bedeviling the waters off eastern Africa.
January 31, 2011 |
Five alleged Somali pirates arrived in South Korea on Sunday to face trial in the recent foiled hijacking of a cargo ship, charges that could bring them life in prison, officials here say. Wearing hooded coats against the winter cold, a world away from the equatorial heat of the Arabian Sea, the heavily guarded men said little as they disembarked from a plane in the southern port city of Busan. Authorities alleged that the five were among 13 pirates who this month seized the South Korean chemical freighter Samho Jewelry and kidnapped its crew of eight South Koreans, two Indonesians and 11 citizens of Myanmar.
December 25, 2010 |
Christmas comes simply for mariners visiting Port Everglades: not with big parties or pageants or liturgies, but with a gift-wrapped shoe box stocked with soap, shaving cream, work gloves and other basics from a ministry known as Seafarers' House. The ministry's Shoebox Christmas is in its fourth year. Volunteers have been handing out the brightly wrapped boxes since late November to two or three ships a day, seven days a week. "It's nice to get gifts; it makes us happy," Cesar Ladesma of the Philippines said as students from a South Florida school brought gifts to his cargo ship.
November 21, 2010 |
The moon was bright, the sea was calm, and the pirates easily spotted their prey ? a large gray ship plodding through waves 576 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia. Three men jumped from a command boat into an open skiff and raced toward the target. They opened fire with AK-47 rifles as they neared the starboard side, hitting a mast and several life lines. No one was hurt, and the April 1 incident normally might have drawn little notice. Somali sea bandits have attacked several hundred freighters, tankers and other merchant ships this year.
November 3, 2010 |
Scrambling to plug holes in cargo security revealed by the bomb plot in Yemen, the Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday it was planning an overhaul of its passenger and cargo screening methods. Top Homeland Security Department officials met all through the weekend to decide what long-term steps to take to address the vulnerability of cargo and to identify remaining gaps in security. TSA director John Pistole, in a speech in Germany, said he would like to see more advanced screening technology, better information sharing, more flexible search procedures that might change based on a particular threat, and less emphasis on "cookie cutter" approaches like the system-wide ban on containers that hold more than 3 ounces of liquid in carry-on luggage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2010 |
New federal regulations will bar cruise vessels and large commercial ships from discharging sewage within three miles of California's coastline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday. Officials say the new rules, which take effect next year, will amount to the nation's largest ban on sewage discharge and will keep some 20 million gallons of sewage out of coastal waters every year. A 2005 state law bans ships from dumping hazardous substances and runoff from showers or sinks, but regulating sewage falls under federal jurisdiction.
June 4, 2010 |
Another ship full of humanitarian aid -- this one named after an American activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer -- is sailing toward the Gaza Strip even as the furor over a deadly confrontation between Israeli soldiers and another group of activists has yet to subside. The Cambodian-flagged MV Rachel Corrie, named after the Evergreen State College student killed while protesting Palestinian house demolitions in the Gaza Strip, is carrying 11 passengers, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Corrigan, who was honored for pressing for peace between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, and former United Nations Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday.
February 9, 2010 |
Before dawn, in the waters of Long Beach's Back Channel, three tugboats struggle to control the container ship MSC Texas as it approaches the Gerald Desmond Bridge. What happens next represents one of the greatest tests of skill and nerve at the two seaports that form the nation's busiest shipping complex. The bridge is so low that the ship -- one-fifth of a mile long but dwarfed by newer vessels -- can pass below only under optimal conditions. Three pilots are onboard to monitor the ship's position at all times; it squeezes underneath the bridge's deck with just a few feet to spare.
August 29, 2009 |
The United Arab Emirates this month seized a cargo ship bound for Iran with a cache of banned arms from North Korea, the first such seizure since sanctions against North Korea were ramped up, diplomats and officials said Friday. The seizure was carried out in accordance with tough new U.N. Security Council sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. Diplomats identified the ship as a Bahamian-flagged cargo vessel, the ANL Australia, and said it was carrying rocket-propelled grenades and other arms.