September 16, 2009 |
After a lonely three-week voyage across the Pacific, the multinational crew of the British-flagged container ship Hyundai Tokyo arrives at the largest U.S. port complex and proceeds to do irreparable damage to the stereotype of the hard-living international merchant seaman. The 28 sailors are as well-mannered as young men meeting their girlfriends' parents. The favored drink is Gatorade. The big snack: Blue Bunny Caramel Chocolate Nut ice cream cones. The most popular purchase is from Victoria's Secret -- not the catalog for those long nights at sea, but Amber Romance body spray or Love Spell, which they mail to wives back home.
December 24, 2005
Re "Toward cleaner ports," editorial, Dec. 18 You mischaracterized the maritime industry's reaction to the appointment of Geraldine Knatz as new head of the Port of Los Angeles, as well as its continuing support for balanced and effective environmental programs. Our organization praised the appointment of Knatz, who is committed to improving air quality while ensuring Southern California remains a center of international trade. Ocean carriers are using and testing various technologies to lower emissions; marine terminals are making enormous investments in environment-friendly cargo-handling equipment; and terminals are working collaboratively to keep the ports open at nights and on weekends.
September 15, 2005 |
The president of a national union of merchant fleet officers, his brother and two other people were indicted on federal charges of election-rigging, embezzlement and fraud, prosecutors in Miami said. The 13-count indictment names Michael McKay, 58, national president of the American Maritime Officers Union, and Robert McKay, 55, the union's national secretary-treasurer. Union employee James Lynch, 55, and former employee Phillip Ciccarelli, 64, also were charged.
July 2, 2003 |
WASHINGTON -- Thousands of ships and port facilities across the country will tighten security against potential terrorist attacks under regulations issued Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security. The regulations, which will become final later this year, require that more than 5,000 port facilities and 10,000 vessels assess their potential vulnerability and develop plans to plug security holes, including establishing baggage, cargo and passenger screening similar to that at airports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1999
An international transportation union will hold an open house this weekend aboard the Global Mariner, a cargo ship that has been modified to carry graphic displays of poor working conditions in the maritime industry. The ship, which is docked at Berth 53 in the Port of Los Angeles, belongs to the International Transport Workers' Federation, a London-based organization that represents more than 500 unions around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1999
A merchant seaman whose leg was nearly severed in a grisly accident aboard a cargo ship in Los Angeles Harbor died early Sunday morning at St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach, authorities said. August "Gus" Benz, 66, underwent five hours of surgery Saturday after the accident aboard the President Kennedy, owned by American President Lines, authorities said.