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NATIONAL
November 14, 2002 | From Associated Press
A jury on Wednesday found the owners and operators of the cargo ship New Carissa negligent for allowing it to run aground in 1999, and it awarded Oregon $25 million to remove the last of the wreckage from a public beach. The Coos County Circuit Court jury deliberated for fewer than seven hours over evidence presented in the monthlong trial before reaching the 10-2 verdict. "It's an important victory for the state of Oregon," said Tom Towslee, spokesman for Gov. John Kitzhaber.
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WORLD
November 14, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Lawyers for the families of 33 teachers and students who were on a Japanese boat sunk by a U.S. submarine off Hawaii signed a compensation deal with the U.S. Navy today in Tokyo. The Navy will pay $13 million, local media reports said. Negotiations between the Navy and two other families continue. Nine men and teenage boys died when the Greeneville surfaced beneath the Ehime Maru on Feb. 9, 2001, sinking it. The trawler was on a training expedition for a fisheries high school.
NATIONAL
October 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Coast Guard crews and the Alaska Air National Guard searched for two men missing after an explosion and fire tore through a 180-foot fishing vessel in the Bering Sea. One crewman was killed and five others were seriously injured in the explosion aboard the Galaxy, a Seattle-based vessel used to catch and process Pacific cod. The vessel was carrying a crew of 25 and an observer from the National Marine Fisheries Service at the time of the blast, a Coast Guard spokesman said.
WORLD
September 16, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Fourteen would-be migrants from Liberia drowned after the rickety boat they were traveling on sank as it neared the Sicilian coast, Italian officials said. The Italian coast guard and border patrol rescued 92 people from the sea off the southern city of Agrigento, 12 of whom were hospitalized, said coast guard Cmdr. Giuseppe Rando. Two crew members were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration, state TV said.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2002
FLORIDA The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce hired a marine salvage company to finish scuttling a Navy ship that sank accidentally hours before crews planned to send it to the bottom of the sea to create an artificial reef. The 510-foot vessel is resting upside down in about 130 feet of water, its bow sticking out of the sea six miles offshore. The cost of the salvage work was not released. The project already has cost more than $1 million.
WORLD
February 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Japan has decided to pull its whaling fleet out of the Antarctic and end a hunt early in the wake of a fire that crippled its mother ship, officials said today. The blaze aboard the Nisshin Maru two weeks ago killed one crew member and left the vessel unable to move under its own power for 10 days, prompting strong protests from New Zealand and Greenpeace over potential oil and chemical spills or damage to penguin colonies.
WORLD
February 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A Norwegian cruise ship carrying nearly 300 passengers, including 119 Americans, ran aground on a remote Antarctic island and damaged its hull before getting free of the rocks, officials said. No one was injured. The 294 passengers were evacuated from the Nordkapp to sister ship Nordnorge as a precaution, said a spokeswoman for Norwegian Coastal Voyage. The vessel ran aground near Deception Island.
WORLD
April 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The captain of a cruise ship that sank in the Aegean Sea, sending more than 1,500 passengers and crew members onto rescue boats, was charged with causing a shipwreck through negligence. The 469-foot Sea Diamond hit a well-marked and charted reef Thursday in fair weather in the sea-filled volcanic crater at the Greek island of Santorini. The ship's Greek captain was also charged with breaching international shipping safety regulations and polluting the environment, officials said.
WORLD
April 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A submarine robot retrieved the data recorder of a cruise ship that sank on April 6 off the port of the island of Santorini, an official said. More than 1,500 passengers and crew members were evacuated, but a French tourist and his daughter are missing.
WORLD
December 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A Hong Kong-registered oil tanker was hit by another vessel off South Korea's west coast today and leaked about 66,000 barrels of crude oil, the Maritime and Fisheries Ministry said. Earlier reports had put the size of the leak at 110,000 barrels. The collision left three holes in the 146,000-ton tanker Hebei Spirit, a ministry official said. He said he did not know whether the leak had stopped or its potential damage to communities or wildlife.
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