May 5, 2013 |
When giant container ships sail into major ports like Los Angeles and Long Beach, it's not just clothing and cars that they deliver. They also carry critters. The specimens - microscopic algae cells or larger castaways, such as eggs of fish or crustaceans - float about in the thousands of tons of water the boats use as ballast. When the ships dump their ballast at port, the species can establish a foothold in foreign lands, often with detrimental consequences to native wildlife. But soon ports may be able to mitigate some of that harm by predicting where invasive species are likely to arrive.
June 7, 1994
Container ship: carries cargo containers, generally 8x8x20 feet; containersare stacked aboard ship, then transferred to trains or trucks; largest container ships can hold about 12,000 metric tons of cargo. Dry bulk carrier: hauls cargo such as grain, ore or sand. General cargo ship: carries "packaged" items, such as chemicals, foods, furniture, machinery. Multipurpose ship: carries different classes of cargo at the same time, liquid or dry.
July 12, 2007 |
A passenger ship carrying 70 people went missing off eastern Indonesia after reporting engine failure, a port official said. The bodies of two children were found drifting nearby along with nearly two dozen survivors. The ship was on a regular voyage to Maluku province, and was carrying 53 passengers and a crew of 17 when its engine broke down after encountering 9-foot waves, he said.
June 23, 2003 |
Greek special forces seized a cargo ship bound for Tunisia after discovering 680 tons of explosives in its hold, government officials and shipping sources said. A police spokesman said the ship was carrying ammonia dynamite, an explosive widely used in mining, as well as detonators and fuses. "Now we need to check if the cargo is legal or if it was bound for any terrorism group," a merchant marine official said. Tunisia has a significant mining industry.
December 25, 2006 |
The crew of a Jordanian ship that developed engine trouble and strayed into waters controlled by Sri Lankan rebels was freed, the ship's owner and a separatist spokesman said. The Farha-3, carrying 14,000 tons of rice bound for South Africa, drifted into waters off Sri Lanka's northeast coast Friday, and Tamil Tiger rebels came to the ship's assistance, said Rasiah Ilanthirayan, a spokesman for the separatist group.
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June 3, 2003 |
Environmentalists protested the docking of a cruise ship Monday, alleging it will generate huge amounts of sewage, wastewater garbage and air pollution in San Francisco Bay. Activists contend the Crystal Harmony, docked at Pier 35, was not allowed to dock in Monterey because it allegedly dumped waste in a marine sanctuary.
February 17, 2007 |
A Japanese whaling ship stranded in Antarctic waters was on an even keel after pumps cleared water used to douse the fire that crippled it, a New Zealand government official said. A missing crewman was reportedly found dead. Officials and environmentalists are concerned that the Nisshin Maru, carrying tens of thousands of gallons of oil, could threaten Antarctic penguins.
June 14, 1987 |
Explosives experts defused two bombs Saturday that were placed aboard a large model of explorer Christopher Columbus' ship, the Santa Maria, police said. Police said two men subdued a security guard with tear gas spray early Saturday and left the bombs aboard the ship, anchored in this northeastern port. The vessel, 82 feet long and 25 feet wide, is visited daily by tourists. The original craft was 117 feet long and 34 feet wide.
February 17, 2000 |
The Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Destiny canceled its Caribbean port stops and sailed toward Miami after more than a day adrift in the ocean. It was near the Turks and Caicos Islands southeast of the Bahama Islands early Tuesday when one of two cycloconverters malfunctioned. Cycloconverters transmit electricity from a ship's diesel engines to a propulsion motor. The ship was carrying 2,956 passengers on a seven-day cruise.
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January 12, 1991
An argument between two crew members on a luxury cruise ship led to the stabbing death of a 35-year-old Portuguese man just after the ship Dawn Princess left Ensenada for its return to San Pedro Friday morning. Some of the 890 passengers disembarking Friday said they were still unaware of the killing, which took place near the crew's mess hall just before 8 p.m. Thursday when the ship was about 20 miles off the coast of Mexico.