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Shipping Line Goes Bankrupt, Causes Global Chaos

Hanjin bankruptcy could affect Xmas sales

(Newser) - The bankruptcy of the Hanjin shipping line has thrown ports and retailers around the world into confusion, with giant container ships marooned and merchants worrying whether tons of goods will reach their shelves. The South Korean giant filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday and stopped accepting new cargo. With its... More »

Ship's Crew Trapped Since April Finally Going Home

'A shameful story of crew neglect'

(Newser) - Fifteen crew members stuck aboard a cargo ship anchored off the coast of Savannah, Ga., for four months will soon be going home, the AP reports. According to NPR , the Newlead Castellano—owned by NewLead Holdings in Greece—was seized by US marshals in April over unpaid loans. Attorney Todd... More »

On Collision Course With France: Tilting Cargo Ship

Modern Express will crash into coast in next 48 hours if rescue workers can't harness it

(Newser) - A coastal resort and a national park are in peril if salvage workers aren't able to harness a listing cargo ship poised to crash into France within the next 48 hours. Since the 540-foot Modern Express began tilting Tuesday off the coast of Spain, rescue efforts have been dogged... More »

Wife of Missing El Faro Engineer Is Pregnant With Twins

Katie Griffin speaks out

(Newser) - In July, Katie and Keith Griffin found out they were expecting. On Sept. 24, they found out they were expecting twins. "He was out on sea but I called him on Facebook Messenger because I wanted to see his face," Katie tells People . "He was so happy... More »

Search for Survivors of Sunken Cargo Ship Ends Tonight

But one dad is 'still optimistic'

(Newser) - The Coast Guard plans to end its search for 33 missing crew members from a US cargo ship that sank last week during Hurricane Joaquin, officials told family members Wednesday. The Coast Guard said it will end its search for survivors from the El Faro on Wednesday evening, according to... More »

Cargo Ship Probe to Seek Answers to 2 Questions

As El Faro families still hold out hope

(Newser) - On board the 790-foot El Faro when it set out on its doomed voyage into the path of Hurricane Joaquin were five Polish workers whose jobs were to prepare the engine room for a retrofitting. Could that work have caused the loss of power that led to the US container... More »

'Mechanical Failure' Doomed Cargo Ship

Loss of such a big ship is extremely rare, experts say

(Newser) - The captain of the El Faro planned to sail ahead of Hurricane Joaquin, but the cargo ship was doomed by a mechanical failure that left it at the mercy of the storm, according to the vessel's owner. The CEO of Tote Services says the captain, who was last heard... More »

Coast Guard Finds Body, Says Missing Ship Is Presumed Lost

Coast Guard says El Faro likely sank at its last known position

(Newser) - The Coast Guard says a body has been found in the search for a cargo ship that disappeared in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin carrying 33 crew members. In addition to life rings and other debris from the 790-foot El Faro, Capt. Mark Fedor says "less than a handful"... More »

Cargo Ship Disappears Near Eye of Hurricane

Coast Guard is searching for the El Faro and its 33 crew members

(Newser) - The Coast Guard has not been able to reestablish contact with an American cargo ship that disappeared near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin after taking on water and losing power, Action News Jacksonville reports. There are 28 US citizens and five Polish nationals on board. The 735-foot El Faro left... More »

Workers Removing Debris Find 18th-Century Shipwreck

Maryland wreckage appears to be a 45-foot cargo ship fastened with wooden pegs

(Newser) - A maintenance crew removing debris from under the US 50 Bridge over the Nanticoke River in Maryland last spring thought they might have hit on something special when they saw wood that looked like ship timbers. They were certainly right: Archaeologists are now confirming that it isn't just a... More »

450 Migrants on Abandoned Ship Are Rescued

Ezadeen being towed to Italian coast after smugglers abandoned it

(Newser) - After several hours of struggling, Italian rescue teams shortly before dawn managed to secure the wave-tossed Ezadeen, says an Italian Coast Guard commander. On board: about 450 migrants who were abandoned by smugglers, leaving the cargo vessel in rough seas without a crew. An Icelandic Coast Guard ship is now... More »

In 'Race Against Time,' Italy Saves Ship on Crash Course

Smugglers set boat loaded with migrants on collision course with coast

(Newser) - The Italian Coast Guard rescued 970 migrants today after smugglers put their cargo ship on automatic pilot heading straight for a crash into the Italian coast and abandoned the command. The Coast Guard officials said the migrants, most believed to be Syrians and including many children and pregnant women, arrived... More »

Why Rubber Blocks Keep Appearing on Europe's Beaches

They come from shipwrecks—including, perhaps, the Titanic

(Newser) - From Britain to Spain to Denmark, rubbery blocks have recently washed up on beaches, all bearing the same word: Tjipetir. It's still not certain where each block comes from, but a woman who found one while walking her dog in England has a pretty good idea, the BBC reports.... More »

Galapagos Threat 'Could Unleash a Disaster'

Ecuador declares emergency over stranded freighter

(Newser) - A new threat to the Galapagos Islands "could unleash a disaster," say officials: a cargo ship. At Galapagos officials' urging, Ecuador (which owns the islands) yesterday declared an environmental emergency there after a ship ran aground last Friday. The 19,000 gallons of cargo fuel the Galapaface 1... More »

China Seizes Japanese Ship Over Debt ... From 1936

Move could harm business ties: Japan

(Newser) - China has seized a Japanese cargo ship, saying the move is tied to payment that's been missing since 1936. At that time, Japan leased a pair of Chinese ships which later sank, the BBC reports, citing Japan's Kyodo News. The "sudden seizure" of the ship, acknowledged by... More »

Rolls-Royce Plans New Drones: Ships

The idea is in prototype but faces years of regulatory approval

(Newser) - Might ship captains someday do all their work from land instead of sea? Bloomberg reports that Rolls-Royce is working on a prototype of a drone freighter ship. One advantage, financially speaking, is that such ships could carry more cargo because they wouldn't need to make room for humans and... More »

Crew Saved as Cargo Ship Splits in Two

Helicopters winch 12 to safety off France

(Newser) - A dramatic rescue operation yesterday brought all 12 crew members to safety when a cargo ship slammed into a breakwater off the coast of France and split in two. Two helicopters winched the men to safety amid rough seas and strong winds and the only injury was a broken nose,... More »

Deaths as Ship Slams Into Italian Port

4 killed, 6 missing after crash

(Newser) - At least four people died after a cargo ship slammed into a control tower in the Italian port of Genoa last night, toppling it into the harbor. A half-dozen other people remain unaccounted for, including some feared trapped inside the submerged elevator of the control tower, officials said. The crash... More »

Maersk Alabama Repels 2nd Pirate Attack

Attempted takeover repelled by guards

(Newser) - Somali pirates today attacked the Maersk Alabama for the second time in seven months, but guards on board the US-flagged cargo ship repelled the takeover attempt. When pirates attacked with automatic weapons early this morning about 350 nautical miles east of the Somali coast, guards on board the craft fired... More »

Air Force Ship Becomes Artificial Reef Off Fla. Keys

WWII cargo ship also tracked missiles and spacecraft

(Newser) - Demolition experts sank an Air Force ship this morning to create an artificial reef in the Florida Keys, the AP reports. The 17,000-ton, WWII-era cargo ship took less than 2 minutes to sink after a series of explosions. The new "reef" is expected to bring in about... More »

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