January 5, 2005 |
Salvagers have removed the first oil from a freighter broken in two off the coast. The salvage team used a heavy-lift helicopter to remove three oil tanks from the stern of the Selendang Ayu, which grounded and broke apart Dec. 8 off Unalaska Island.
January 3, 2005 |
Five fishermen killed when their boat, Northern Edge, capsized in a December storm were honored at a memorial service. About 300 friends, family and politicians, including Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), filled the 173-year-old Seamen's Bethel in New Bedford, home port to 280 fishing vessels. "Five more men of courage and determination have gone from our midst and will not return to shore," said the Rev. Kenneth Garrett, the church's chaplain.
December 12, 2004 |
With 24-foot seas and 50-knot winds continuing to pound the Aleutian island where a soybean freighter cracked in half, officials Saturday could take only a few small steps toward cleaning up the massive oil spill left behind.
December 10, 2004 |
Dozens of boats worked to clean up a 14-mile-long oil spill in the South China Sea caused by a collision between two container ships, after divers were sent to patch the hull of the leaking vessel, Chinese state television reported. The oil tank on the German-registered Ilona was punctured in a collision Tuesday with the Panama-registered Hyundai Advance near the mouth of the Pearl River, northwest of Hong Kong. No injuries have been reported.
November 6, 2004 |
A 355-foot freighter slammed into an unmanned natural gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico and sparked a fire on the platform, the Coast Guard said. No pollution was reported, though the platform 17 miles off Galveston sustained significant damage. None of the 16 Russians aboard the freighter was injured.
October 11, 2004 |
Canada said it was convinced that a submarine bought from Britain was seaworthy at the start of a disastrous voyage during which a fire injured nine crewmen, one fatally, and left the vessel adrift in the Atlantic. The Chicoutimi was towed to Scotland's Faslane naval base Sunday, five days after the blaze. The sub is one of four that Canada bought from Britain in 1998 but that needed major repairs before they could safely put to sea.
September 5, 2004 |
Of all the perils of owning a seaside home, Haruo Abe never thought he'd have to deal with a cargo ship in his living room. But that's exactly what he was facing at 2:30 a.m. after the captain of a 550-ton tanker fell asleep. Abe suffered a bruised shoulder when the ship hit his house on Osakikami island, 400 miles southwest of Tokyo. Six crew members were not hurt. "I heard a boom and within three seconds the second floor came falling down," Abe, 76, told Japan's public broadcaster NHK.
August 6, 2004 |
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.
August 3, 2004 |
A runaway grain barge hit one of the Mississippi River's busiest crossings and sank, forcing the Coast Guard to close a two-mile stretch of the river while the agency decided how to deal with the submerged vessel. The barge was among 15 that broke away from a towboat and floated downriver, with an unknown number hitting the Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis, the Coast Guard said. Officials later determined that the bridge, which carries 120,000 vehicles a day, was safe.
August 2, 2004 |
A small cruise ship catering to eco-tourists was seriously damaged after running aground in the Aleutian Islands. The accident Saturday night punctured the 340-foot Clipper Odyssey's forward fuel tank, a Coast Guard official said. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Roddy Corr said about 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the ruptured tank. Fishing boats and a freighter transported the 122 passengers and 31 crew members to Unalaska, Lt. Asheley Bodkin said.