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.
April 19, 2009
Re "The price of piracy," editorial, April 14 If Somali pirates want to play Russian roulette with commercial cargo carriers, why not play their game? Why not place Navy SEALs or mercenaries on random ships? The pirates would not know which ships were armed. They would take a chance whenever they attacked any ship. With sniper rifles on board, pirates would not be able to approach without risk of deadly fire. This would be more cost-effective than supplying warships to patrol open waters.
April 9, 2009 |
With a U.S. warship on site keeping watch early today, Somali pirates and American seamen engaged in a standoff on the high seas after the crew of a freighter loaded with food for Africa fought off the hijackers -- who fled in a lifeboat with the captain as a hostage. The assault on the U.S.- registered Maersk Alabama cargo ship far off Somalia's coast marked the first attack against a U.S.
March 25, 2009 |
The slump in global trade has left a growing armada of empty cargo ships and tankers cruising the seas in search of the cheapest places to drop anchor while they ride out the economic storm. About 1,000 of the world's shipping vessels are laid up for lack of freight, and the number could swell to several thousand in the next few years, Norwegian risk management foundation Det Norske Veritas reported this month. Popular Southeast Asian ports such as Singapore are turning ships away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2009 |
The pilot of a cargo ship that sideswiped the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, causing a 53,000-gallon fuel spill, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of breaking federal environmental laws, federal officials said. As part of the plea, John Joseph Cota of Petaluma admitted negligence in the 2007 incident, which fouled 26 miles of shoreline, killed at least 2,000 migratory birds -- including endangered brown pelicans -- and delayed the start of crab season. In exchange, the U.S. attorney's office dropped felony charges that Cota failed to disclose taking painkillers, anti-anxiety medication, anti-depressants and sleeping pills.
March 6, 2009 |
Somali pirates freed an Egyptian cargo ship and its crew of 28 after holding the vessel more than two months, Egypt's envoy to Somalia said Ambassador Saeed Morsy did not say if a ransom was paid. The Blue Star was carrying 6,000 tons of fertilizer when 15 armed pirates seized it Jan. 1 as it entered the Gulf of Aden.