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.
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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.
November 30, 2008 |
For Peter Tamm, the passion that launched a thousand ships -- and Hamburg's newest museum along the port city's old docks -- began with a gift from his mother in 1934. "A 500-gross tonnage coaster from the North Sea-Baltic line," Tamm said, rattling off specs of that first vessel in his possession. Of course, 500 gross tons was a little too big for a 6-year-old. What Tamm's mother gave him was an inch-long model of the cargo ship. "Then came the second, then came the third, until I lost count," said Tamm.
October 28, 2008 |
NATO warships safely escorted a cargo vessel through pirate- infested waters off Somalia for the first time Monday, and hijackers holding an arms-laden Ukrainian vessel said its operators do not want to negotiate for the weapons. One of the seven North Atlantic Treaty Organization ships that arrived in the region over the weekend guarded a vessel carrying African Union peacekeeping troops to Somalia.
September 28, 2008 |
A U.S. destroyer and a Russian warship headed Saturday for a possible confrontation with pirates who hijacked a cargo ship carrying battle tanks, machine guns and a crew of 21. Though pursued by ships from two of the world's biggest naval powers, the pirates showed no sign of surrendering the Ukrainian vessel Faina, which they boarded Thursday off the Somali coast as it headed to Kenya. Instead, according to unconfirmed reports, they were demanding a $35-million ransom to turn over their unconventional booty, which includes 33 Russian-built T-72 tanks.
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September 17, 2008 |
The Navy today will dedicate its newest ship in honor of Carl Brashear, the Navy's first African American master diver. Brashear's story inspired the 2000 movie "Men of Honor," which starred Cuba Gooding Jr. and Robert De Niro. The cargo ship, built to carry 10,000 tons of food, ammunition, fuel and other supplies, will be christened and launched at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard. Brashear, who died in 2006 at age 75, served 42 years in the Navy and as a civilian federal employee.
August 24, 2008 |
SOUNDING like it was lifted from a Rudyard Kipling novel, "expedition artist" may be one of the world's most intriguing job titles. And Tujunga painter Danielle Eubank will be doing just that aboard the Phoenicia, documenting Philip Beale's attempt to circumnavigate Africa in a replica of a 600 B.C. Phoenician cargo ship. "I try to document everything as we go along, but I don't know ahead of time everything I'm going to paint. I might have some portraits, pictures of the boat, pictures of water.