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April 13, 2009
Re "U.S. ship captain held by Somali pirates," April 9 All merchant ships should be armed. Had the crew of the Maersk Alabama carried weapons, this unfortunate situation off the coast of Africa would never have occurred. Merchant ships, if armed, would have a distinct advantage over the relatively small pirate boats; the advantage lies in their height and size. It's a well-known tenet of military strategy that in a confrontation, those who occupy higher ground have the advantage.
August 13, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Italian archeologists think they are on the verge of finding the ancient ships downed in the battle of the Aegates Islands between Rome and Carthage in 241 BC. Experts from Sicily and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology in Austin, Texas, used sonar and multi-beam bathymetric technology to scan the seabed around the islands, west of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea.
March 6, 1999
An international transportation union will hold an open house this weekend aboard the Global Mariner, a cargo ship that has been modified to carry graphic displays of poor working conditions in the maritime industry. The ship, which is docked at Berth 53 in the Port of Los Angeles, belongs to the International Transport Workers' Federation, a London-based organization that represents more than 500 unions around the world.
August 30, 2006 | From Reuters
A year after Hurricane Katrina wreaked more than $1 billion of damage on its Gulf Coast shipyards, Northrop Grumman Corp. is building 12 Navy ships and says the longest delay on any of them will be just 10 months. Philip Teel, president of Northrop's ship systems business, said he planned to meet with the company's 16,500 workers at six sites in the region Tuesday to highlight Northrop's success in recovering from the devastating hurricane.
March 31, 2009 | Louis Sahagun
The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday that it has submitted a proposal to the International Maritime Organization that would create tougher emission standards for foreign vessels in the coastal waters and ports of the United States and Canada.
February 28, 2010 | By Hector Becerra
Sylvia Drew Ivie has seen schools and a medical college named after her late father, Charles Drew, a black surgeon whose pioneering work in the science of blood preservation was key to the development of large-scale blood banks. But the Navy's christening and launching of the 689-foot-long Charles Drew cargo ship from a San Diego shipyard early Saturday may have been the most unusual "edifice" named after him. It was, however, no less touching, Drew Ivie said. The Los Angeles resident acknowledged that some people would find it unusual for a war ship to be named after her father, also the namesake of Willowbrook's Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.
June 9, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Every commercial harbor in the nation has its own pilots, and at the Port of Long Beach one family has been running the pilot operation for 90 years. It's the Jacobsen clan, whose roots stretch back to a Norwegian fishing village. Today they are responsible for shepherding ships as long as skyscrapers are tall. "My grandfather Jacob started doing this in 1922, when this port was pretty much just a mud flat," said Tom Jacobsen, the third-generation president of Jacobsen Pilot Service.
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.
December 9, 2009 | By Kimi Yoshino
The Coral Princess sailed into San Pedro on Monday morning, ending its 15-day Panama cruise; Chiara Faliva flew all the way from Italy to greet it. Far from a relaxing vacation, Faliva is hopscotching the world -- Tuesday she was en route to Colombia -- desperately trying to determine what happened to her brother, a 31-year-old chef who disappeared from the ship a few days after it departed from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The few facts known only...
July 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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