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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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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.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2005 | From Associated Press
The captain of a freighter that ran aground in the Aleutian Islands and broke apart, spilling more than 335,000 gallons of fuel, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of making a false statement to federal investigators. Kailash Bhushan Singh, 53, of New Delhi was sentenced to three years' probation, which he will be allowed to serve in his own country. Singh admitted in U.S.
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.
NATIONAL
February 2, 2005 | From Associated Press
A crab boat that sank in the Bering Sea last month was carrying too much weight and the captain had a history of overloading the vessel, Coast Guard investigators said. Five men on board the Big Valley died Jan. 15, the opening day of the crab season, when the vessel sank 70 miles west of St. Paul Island, one of the Pribilof Islands. Investigators said they could not conclude that overloading caused the sinking.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Coast Guard searched Monday for a sunken whale-watching catamaran whose mast broke off near Maui, killing one man and requiring the rescue of at least 50 tourists. The crew from the 55-foot tour boat reported on the vessel's radio Sunday evening that the mast had snapped about two miles off Kahana Beach near Kaanapali. Witnesses said the boat was sinking and many passengers were already in the water when more boats arrived.
NATIONAL
October 27, 2002 | From Associated Press
Coast Guard crews and dockworkers slowly righted a container ship carrying pulp, newsprint and lumber that was listing toward a pier in Elliott Bay early Saturday. Workers were unloading the Westwood Rainier about 3:30 a.m. when they noticed it was listing, Coast Guard spokesman Rod Rooen said. The 600-foot vessel brushed against two cranes on the pier, partially tearing two electrical reels. No injuries were reported, Rooen said.
WORLD
April 5, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Ju-min Park and Kenneth R. Weiss
Reporting from Seoul Kenneth R. Weiss and Los Angeles -- Australians on Sunday scrambled to ensure that a Chinese-owned bulk coal carrier that rammed into the Great Barrier Reef would not break apart and seriously damage the planet's largest coral reef. Peter Garrett, the nation's environment protection minister, told reporters that the government was concerned about the effect an oil spill could have on the environmentally sensitive reef, one of the wonders of the natural world that was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981.
WORLD
April 4, 2010 | By John M. Glionna
Heaping more tragedy on an already grieving South Korea, a fishing vessel assisting in the search for 46 crewmen of a sunken naval boat went down Saturday, and the nine on board were presumed dead. As the South Korean coast guard retrieved the bodies of two of the fishermen, divers found the first corpse from the 1,200-ton navy ship Cheonan, which sank late last month after an explosion. Fifty-eight crew members, including the captain, were rescued. The body was discovered near the ship's mess hall, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
WORLD
March 27, 2010 | By John M. Glionna
Forty-six sailors were missing Saturday after a South Korean naval vessel sank along the country's disputed western sea border with North Korea, an incident that military officials here at first believed was caused by an attack by their northern enemies. Fears of possible renewed warfare filled South Korea's capital with dread overnight. As naval ships rescued 58 crewmen from icy waters, President Lee Myung-bak and Defense Ministry officials convened an emergency meeting. For hours, officials believed the ship had struck a mine or was hit by a torpedo late Friday, and Lee dispatched an armada of ships to investigate and search for imperiled crewmen.
WORLD
August 11, 2009 | Associated Press
The captain of the Tongan ferry that sank and left 93 people missing and presumed dead said Monday that he was pressured into sailing the vessel even though authorities knew it had problems. Capt. Maka Tuputupu blamed the sinking on rusted loading ramps that allowed water into the ship, and he said the Tongan government should take responsibility because it knew there were problems with the vessel. Tongan Prime Minister Feleti Sevele and Transportation Minister Paul Karalus have said the Princess Ashika was fully seaworthy, was fully certificated for the service and met all international maritime standards.
NATIONAL
February 10, 2009
WORLD
April 5, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Ju-min Park and Kenneth R. Weiss
Reporting from Seoul Kenneth R. Weiss and Los Angeles -- Australians on Sunday scrambled to ensure that a Chinese-owned bulk coal carrier that rammed into the Great Barrier Reef would not break apart and seriously damage the planet's largest coral reef. Peter Garrett, the nation's environment protection minister, told reporters that the government was concerned about the effect an oil spill could have on the environmentally sensitive reef, one of the wonders of the natural world that was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981.
NEWS
May 31, 1987 | From Reuters
The newly refitted Queen Elizabeth 2 docked here Saturday after what the crew called its stormiest North Atlantic crossing in 15 years. Winds of up to 50 m.p.h. rocked the liner, throwing passengers and their food across the dining room and forcing Capt. Lawrence Portet to sit strapped to his chair on the bridge, crew members told a reporter aboard the liner. "All crockery and cutlery was thrown from the tables at breakfast and so were many of the passengers," one waiter said.
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