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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.
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.
February 16, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
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.
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.
June 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
June 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | Associated Press
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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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