August 14, 1999 |
U.S. agents using welding torches and crowbars discovered 132 Chinese illegal immigrants in a secret compartment in the hold of a ship docked in Savannah, Ga., immigration officials said Friday. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service spokeswoman Sue Brown said the migrants were found by agents acting on a tip that Prince Nicholas, a ship registered in Cyprus, was smuggling illegal immigrants.
September 17, 2001 |
The Coast Guard stopped a Royal Caribbean cruise ship from coming into Miami while it swept the port after finding a security breach in the Port of Miami's passenger terminal. The three-hour delay reflected heightened security at airports and ports around the country since four passenger planes were hijacked Tuesday. The Coast Guard said an open door was discovered leading to secure areas late Saturday. Officers conducted a security sweep overnight.
March 10, 1992 |
President Bush signed into law on Monday a bill to allow gambling on American cruise ships. Sponsors in Congress said the intent is to make U.S.-flag cruise ships more competitive with foreign-flag ships that offer gambling. The measure eliminates federal prohibitions against gambling on cruise liners operating outside the three-mile, state-waters limit. Gambling will be allowed, provided that it is not the main purpose of the cruise.
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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.
June 4, 2008 |
A top U.S. admiral says Navy ships off Myanmar's coast will leave after failing to get the military government's permission to help with cyclone relief efforts. Adm. Timothy J. Keating, the top commander in the Pacific, said he wants the aircraft carrier Essex and accompanying vessels to resume their previously scheduled duties Thursday. The ships were in the region for international exercises. Keating made them available to help with relief efforts after last month's cyclone, but Myanmar allowed only limited U.S. military aid flights and barred the ships from approaching.
June 3, 2008 |
A British human rights organization says the U.S. used military ships to secretly detain and interrogate terrorism suspects. U.S. officials denied using ships as prisons. The group Reprieve alleged that high-profile detainees, including American-born Taliban soldier John Walker Lindh and Australian Taliban supporter David Hicks, were imprisoned on the vessels. Reprieve says the U.S. has used ships stationed off the Somali coast and the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia to detain suspects.
May 21, 1999 |
Beginning July 1, all ships entering the U.S. will have to tell the government what they have done on the high seas to protect fragile American waterways from invading species. The interim regulation, published by the Coast Guard, puts into action a 1996 law extending to all ports measures that were in effect only on the Great Lakes.
March 28, 1999 |
North Korea said Saturday that it had nothing to do with the incursion of two suspected spy ships in Japanese waters last week. The intrusion triggered a tense pursuit by Japanese coast guard and military ships, which fired warning shots, the first since 1953. The unidentified vessels, disguised as fishing boats, fled to a North Korean port, Japanese officials said.
June 23, 1988
Cruise ships leaving U.S. ports carrying hundreds of American tourists operate with only "superficial" safety surveillance by the Coast Guard and the danger of loss of life by fire "is enormous," the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board said. A rash of fires aboard cruise ships prompted NTSB Chairman Jim Burnett to ask whether stricter safety standards or better regulation of the industry are required.
September 7, 1991 |
The National Transportation Safety Board asked the Coast Guard on Friday to seek tougher safety standards for electrical systems, engines and lifesaving equipment on foreign luxury liners operating out of U.S. ports. The proposal could affect dozens of ships, some of which were built under safety guidelines dating back six decades, according to the safety board.