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NATIONAL
November 6, 2004 | From Reuters
A tugboat hauling a barge collided with a docked Royal Caribbean International cruise ship in Key West on Friday, causing an 8-foot-long puncture in the ship's hull. No injuries were reported among the 2,040 passengers and 741 crew members after they were jolted during breakfast service on the Enchantment of the Seas as it sat at a privately operated pier in Key West. "The ship is not in any danger. The passengers are not in any danger.
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NEWS
November 18, 2003 | Thomas Curwen
To find the young pilots who will take you flying early the next morning, step through the mud that mires two trashed Ford pickups and stomp up the stairs of a drafty house just east of the airport. It's dark. Mongrels scavenge in a vacant lot next door. The temperature is dropping fast below freezing, and there's no mistaking where the party is. Tupac's taken over the CD player where the Stones left off.
NEWS
November 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
After struggling for three days against 30-foot storm swells and winds of more than 50 mph, salvage workers succeeded Friday in attaching a rope to a drifting crude oil tanker and began towing it. Rough seas subsided and winds slackened enough to allow a helicopter to lower a six-person crew onto the deck of the 906-foot Atigun Pass, which had drifted to within 30 miles of the Washington coast Friday afternoon. The Coast Guard had feared it would hit land and begin leaking.
NEWS
September 23, 2001 | From Associated Press
The owner of a tugboat that allowed barges to run into a bridge, collapsing part of it and killing at least five people, said studies prove the channel was too shallow and that navigation lights malfunctioned. Stephen Mosher, president of Brown Water Towing Inc., said Friday that seismic surveys and sonar data showed the tug touched bottom before the barges hit the bridge, which connects South Padre Island to the mainland. He said the tug couldn't control the barges after it struck bottom.
NEWS
October 10, 1999 | RON WORD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
For the eight men aboard the Gulf Majesty, the situation was as bad as it could be. Then it got worse. Trying to avoid Hurricane Floyd, the crew of the oceangoing tugboat headed east from Florida, pulling a barge destined for Puerto Rico. "We were trying to outrun it, but it was faster than we were," said Kim Brooks, 45, of Daytona Beach. With seas as high as a four-story building and wind gusting to 60 mph, the 150-foot tug began taking on water, its engine room flooding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1999 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Labor tensions flared in the county's busy ports Wednesday as union representatives for the majority of tugboat crews charged that one of the largest providers of tug service in the harbor is trying to eliminate their bargaining power amid negotiations. The Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific, which represents about 250 tugboat personnel in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with federal authorities against Gulf Caribe Maritime Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1998
In front of Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and environmental officials, the port of Los Angeles unveiled an experimental tugboat fitted with emission-reducing engines that has significantly reduced the amount of pollution the boat releases into the air, a port spokeswoman said. The tugboat, the Patcona II, had four of its engines replaced with ultra-low-emission diesel engines, said port spokeswoman Julia Nagano.
BUSINESS
January 30, 1998 | ALAN SAYRE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It's a difficult, lonely life piloting the tugboats that push cargo-laden barges up and down the Mississippi and other major rivers. It's also vital to the nation's economy. Yet a newly organized group representing 1,000 towboat pilots say their contribution isn't recognized, and they're threatening to shut down the Mississippi and its connecting rivers this spring unless they get hefty salary raises. "We're a forgotten breed out here," said Dickey Mathes, founder of the group Pilots Agree.
NEWS
October 12, 1997 | LEE HARRIS, TIMES WRITER WRITER
The new season of "The Magic School Bus" (KCET, Sunday at 7:30 a.m.) begins with "The Magic School Bus Meets Molly Cule." Wanda's favorite singer, Molly Cule (Wynonna Judd), chooses Ms. Frizzle's class to wash her car. In the second episode (at 8 a.m.), principal Ruhle (Paul Winfield) leaves his beloved chicken, Giblets, in Dorothy Ann's care. As soon as he is gone, Giblets flies away. For ages 2 to 5.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
A tugboat began taking on water in the Catalina Channel several miles off San Pedro on Sunday, but lifeguard divers and crewmen managed to repair the 100-foot vessel and kept it afloat. The six crewmen aboard the Pelican Magic were heading toward a berth Sunday night at the Southwest Marine Shipyard on Terminal Island, moving under their own power, said county lifeguard Lt. Dave Story. Story said a distress call from the Florida-registered boat came at 4:05 p.m. By 5:30 p.m.
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