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February 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A fire broke out on an Indonesian ferry carrying 300 passengers, killing at least 16 people and causing scores to jump into the sea, officials said. More than a dozen people remained unaccounted for. The fire started in a truck on the ferry's car deck hours after the vessel left the capital, Jakarta, for the northwestern island of Bangka, port official Sato Bisri said.
February 21, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 26-year-old tugboat worker was killed off Marina del Rey on Tuesday when a tow line attached to a barge snapped, hitting her and breaking her neck. A 36-year-old man was injured when he tried to aid his co-worker. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Oscar Butao said the woman was thrown against the railing of the tug after the tow cable hit her. The cable apparently snapped when it was pulled taut by a sea swell.
February 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A barge struck a cruise ship Saturday on the Mississippi River, leaving a 30-foot gash on the ship and forcing the cancellation of a five-day cruise to the Caribbean. No injuries were reported on Carnival Cruise Lines' Fantasy ship or the barge, authorities and company officials said. The barge hit the riverbank and then the port side of the cruise ship as it waited to dock, according to a statement from the cruise line.
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.
January 1, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Rescue boats picked up scores of exhausted survivors Sunday from an Indonesian ferry that sank during a storm, but at least 400 remained missing in the choppy Java Sea, officials and media reports said. Almost two days after the ship went down, helicopters dropped food and water to a group of about 30 people drifting in a life raft after heavy waves prevented rescuers from getting to them, Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa said.
December 31, 2006 | From Times Wire Services
Navy ships scoured the rough Java Sea today in search of survivors from a ferry that sank in a storm off central Indonesia, leaving more than 500 people missing, officials said. More than a day after the accident, 109 survivors had been rescued, Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa told reporters in Semarang late Saturday. The ferry is thought to have had 638 passengers, Radjasa said. No bodies have been recovered, but some survivors reported seeing fellow passengers slip beneath the waves.
December 30, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A ship carrying about 850 passengers sank in a storm off the coast of Central Java province, and most of them may be dead, a navy commander told Indonesian radio today. Col. Yan Simamora said the Senopati went down about midnight Friday while traveling from Sumarang on the island of Java to Kumai in Central Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo. He told El Shinta radio that rescuers had found nine survivors.
October 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A cargo ship heading down the Mississippi River ripped a huge gash in another vessel anchored west of New Orleans. The 737-foot Panamanian freighter Torm Anholt was not believed to be taking on water, the Coast Guard said. No injuries were reported. It was hit by the 712-foot Greek freighter Zagora, which was not damaged.
October 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A tugboat pushing two barges hit an offshore natural gas pipeline Thursday, causing an explosion that killed three people, left three missing and shot flames 100 feet high, the Coast Guard said. The accident occurred in West Cote Blanche Bay, about two miles from shore and about 100 miles southwest of New Orleans, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nyx Cangemi. The tugboat carried two people, and six people were on the barges, Cangemi said.
September 11, 2006 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
It was such a picture-perfect day on the Caribbean island of Curacao that experienced skipper Bob Glynn could pick out buildings on shore as he guided the Arleigh Burke up a narrow ship channel. Suddenly, freak 30-foot waves hit. The guided missile destroyer was destined to become a $1-billion beach ornament. "It's just a matter of time now," noted Glynn, former commander of a U.S. Coast Guard cutter and seismic research vessels, as he nonchalantly consigned the ship to its fate.
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