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November 2, 1989 | From Associated Press
Nine sailors were injured by smoke inhalation and four of them suffered burns in a fire Wednesday aboard the oiler Monongahela in the eastern Atlantic, the fifth incident this week involving Navy vessels. One civilian specialist on industrial hazards warned that cutbacks in Navy training could lead to more such accidents. "Congress is always trying to cut training budgets. But, if a pilot can't practice flying, those on the deck don't get trained either. . . .
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BUSINESS
September 21, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
With a wrecked cruise ship still half submerged off the coast of Italy and Europe mired in economic troubles, the world's cruise line industry has been navigating turbulent waters. Industry leaders and analysts say the $37-billion industry is slowly rebounding from the crash of the Costa Concordia on rocks near the Tuscan island of Giglio in January and Europe's economic woes. With the peak cruise booking period set to begin in January, industry executives say cruise trip reservations seem to be on the rise.
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WORLD
November 17, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
As the death toll from the gangway collapse on the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship rose to 15, French President Jacques Chirac urged a rapid investigation into what he called "an incomprehensible tragedy." Prosecutors launched a judicial inquiry against "unknown persons" on charges of manslaughter and involuntary injury in Saturday's accident, which sent visitors to the world's largest cruise ship plunging at least 50 feet to the bottom of a dry dock in the town of Saint Nazaire.
WORLD
January 15, 2012 | Sarah Delaney
Divers scoured the water for survivors and passengers told of Titanic-style pandemonium and being abandoned by crew members Saturday after a luxury cruise liner was ripped open by rocks off the Italian coast. At least three people died and 40 were injured in the accident near Tuscany, which forced more than 4,200 passengers and crew members to abandon the ship Costa Concordia on Friday evening. Dramatic photos taken Saturday showed the jumbo liner tipped over in the water, a long gash in its hull, near the small island of Giglio.
NEWS
February 15, 1988 | ANN WIENER, Times Staff Writer
A honeymooner who told authorities that a strong wind blew his wife over the side of a ship cruising 30 miles southwest of San Diego was being held without bail Sunday on suspicion of murder, officials said. Scott Robin Roston, 36, of Santa Monica, was arrested in Long Beach when the luxury liner, Star Dancer, docked Saturday afternoon. He was being held by federal authorities at the Terminal Island detention center and is awaiting a hearing with the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1996 | PETER HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Circling the world for three months on an ocean liner while earning a semester's worth of college credits has been a life-changing adventure for thousands of students who have joined the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea program. But a recent handful of accidental deaths has some Southern California parents contending that the experience should come with a warning label.
NEWS
March 4, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
A Danish cargo ship loaded with 400 tons of dynamite and detonators and abandoned by its crew after a fire drifted in the English Channel on Tuesday. Coast guard officials warned vessels in the busy international waterway to steer clear of the ship for fear that the fire may be continuing and could trigger a huge explosion. The crew of two men and three women abandoned the 1,000-ton, 136-foot Hornestrand on Tuesday morning after Capt. Niels Bach Kristensen saw smoke coming from a hold.
NEWS
October 24, 2001 | Associated Press
The families of nine Japanese men and teenage boys who were killed Feb. 9 when a U.S. submarine sank the Ehime Maru visited the area Tuesday where Navy divers are working to recover the victims' remains. Twenty members of the nine families were taken out to sea on a catamaran to view the recovery area. They stayed for 30 minutes and threw flowers into the ocean. They ended their visit by waving goodbye to the divers and crew members aboard a giant diving barge.
NEWS
December 10, 1992 | DOUGLAS BIRCH, THE BALTIMORE SUN
They roar up suddenly out of the sea, giant waves up to six stories tall that can smash oil tankers, swallow ocean liners or sweep across the decks of aircraft carriers. Now, a Johns Hopkins University scientist and his former student have begun to describe the shapes these waves can take, work that ship designers may one day use to anticipate the worst the sea can toss at them.
NATIONAL
August 6, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
New York City's director of ferries pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of manslaughter in the October wreck of a Staten Island ferry. Patrick Ryan left the federal courthouse without speaking to reporters. His attorney, Tom Fitzpatrick, said he and Ryan were taken aback by the harshness of the charges. Eleven people died and dozens were hurt when the ferry's pilot blacked out and the craft slammed into a maintenance pier.
NATIONAL
February 10, 2009
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2008 | By the Associated Press
The Navy has punished six sailors for their roles in a fire that caused $70 million in damage to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier George Washington, a newspaper reported Monday. U.S. Pacific Fleet officials say the six were given nonjudicial punishments, meaning no sailor was discharged from the Navy, according to the Navy Times. The Navy did not release the names or ranks of those punished. The punishments come two months after the Navy relieved the carrier's commanding officer and executive officer of duty over the May 22 fire.
WORLD
September 3, 2008 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Colombian authorities, seeking to head off a potential environmental disaster, were still searching Tuesday for two missing cyanide barrels that had been aboard a ferry that capsized in the Magdalena River. A total of 96 drums of the highly toxic chemical were aboard the vessel when it sank early Saturday in Colombia's longest river. All but two of the canisters, which were loaded on a vehicle that was on the ferry, had been recovered by late Tuesday afternoon. The urgency of the situation was made clear Sunday and Monday by the fact that Colombian President Alvaro Uribe remained at the site, about 220 miles north of the capital, Bogota, to oversee salvage operations.
NATIONAL
July 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Passengers aboard a cruise ship were left high and dry Monday for about nine hours after the vessel went aground near Glacier Bay National Park in southeastern Alaska. A Coast Guard boat towed the 207-foot Spirit of Glacier Bay on a rising tide to the middle of the bay late Monday afternoon, said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Eric Eggen. The cruise ship, with 24 passengers and 27 crew members, ran aground at 7:12 a.m., said Jerrol Golden, spokeswoman for Cruise West Enterprises, which owns the ship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The attorney for the pilot of the freighter that spilled 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay is blaming the Coast Guard and others for the mishap and said Friday that his client will refuse to testify next week at a government hearing investigating the crash. Federal prosecutors charged Capt. John Cota last month with environmental crimes stemming from the Nov. 7 incident, when the Cosco Busan sideswiped a support tower of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in heavy fog.
WORLD
May 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A ship carrying 4,000 cars sank after colliding with an oil tanker south of Singapore, authorities said. The four Korean and 16 Filipino crew members on car carrier MV Hyundai No. 105 were rescued, Maritime and Port Authority spokeswoman Theresa Pong said. There was no immediate leak from the Panama-registered tanker MT Kaminesan, despite some damage, she said. The tanker, carrying 279,949 tons of crude oil, was being towed into Singapore's port for damage assessment.
NEWS
May 30, 2000 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Maxwell Bhikham and Alan George gave their lives for $5 a day. Or $13, if you include tips. Bhikham was a Guyanese deckhand, age 28. George, 23, was a steward from Grenada. On Oct. 27, 1998, they were two of 31 worried crew members aboard the schooner Fantome in the waters off Honduras. The Fantome was not a typical cruise ship.
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