January 11, 2010 |
In the worst economic storm in decades, a Beverly Hills company has an ambitious plan to build a $1.1-billion cruise ship, set to cast off in 2013. But instead of offering four- or five-day excursions as typical cruise lines do, the business plans to sell half the cabins as floating homes. Opulent cabins aboard the ship Utopia now range in price from about $3.7 million to $26 million. But even at these prices, a key draw will be location. During the Cannes Film Festival, the ship is slated to drop anchor near the south of France in the Mediterranean sea. During the carnival celebration in Rio de Janeiro, the ship plans to dock off the coast of the Brazilian city.
July 31, 2010 |
On the high seas, full speed ahead is being replaced by slow and steady. Eager to cut fuel costs, ocean shipping lines have ordered their sea captains to throttle back the engines for what is quaintly known in the industry as "slow steaming." In some cases, freighters are taking as many as 15 days to make a Pacific crossing that used to take 11 days. Sailors grumble that it's making long voyages even more tedious. Some ships are crawling at just 12 to 14 knots, or about 14 to 16 mph. Many cargo ships are capable of moving at nearly twice that speed.
December 9, 2012
Re "Malibu's great blight whale," Dec. 7 Once again we're reminded of the dangers that large whales face along the West Coast. Whales are forced to dodge ships traveling into port. Many don't make it. Ship strikes are one of the biggest remaining threats to the recovery of whales, and in the last decade they have become all too common. Our busy shipping lanes on the West Coast overlap with important foraging habitat for whales. The federal government, charged with protecting endangered species, needs to impose mandatory speed limits on vessels in whale habitats.
February 5, 2009 |
A ransom has been delivered to Somali pirates who seized a Ukrainian ship carrying tanks, heavy weapons and about 20 crew members, a spokesman for the ship's owners said Wednesday. Mikhail Voitenko did not say how much was paid, but Russia's Itar-Tass news agency put it at $3.2 million. The pirates originally demanded $20 million. The Faina was seized in September off Somalia. "The ransom has been delivered to the Faina.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO - Above the water line, the Point Loma wharf at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is impressive: large, high-tech ships dock there before cruising off to research sea life and climate conditions around the world. The skyline of downtown San Diego skyscrapers looms across the bay. Underwater, however, is a much less glamorous view of the concrete pier and wharf, with rotten and broken pilings, exposed rebar and dangling wooden supports. It is a glimpse, scientists say, of the worrisome decay that could threaten their efforts to better understand tsunamis, seismic faults and the effect of pollution on fish.
May 14, 2011 |
They are not the most beautiful ships to take to the sea, unless you are a retired naval captain with seawater washing through his veins. For Nigerian sea captain Niyi Labinjo, his little fleet of four ships is his life. They're workhorses: ugly tankers a quarter of a century old or older, picked up cheap and designed for small coastal jobs, not to ply the high seas. But these workhorses rarely work. Like many other Nigerian-owned ships, they mostly lie at anchor while vessels flagged in places like Panama or St. Vincent and the Grenadines dominate Nigerian waters.