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Let's Hope Ever Given Doesn't Get Stuck on Its Way Out

Container ship that blocked Suez Canal is finally setting sail after owners finalize deal with Egypt

(Newser) - It's not clear how much of the $550 million Egypt demanded it actually got, but it was enough to spring a container ship. The Ever Given has begun its departure from the Suez Canal, where just a few months ago it created an international headache when it got stuck...

The Ship Captain Died in April. A 'Grotesque Odyssey' Followed

No port was willing to accept the captain's body due to COVID restrictions

(Newser) - Shortly after setting sail on a cargo ship, a 61-year-old Italian sea captain came down with symptoms consistent with COVID. That was April 2, 2021. On April 8, MV Ital Libera captain Angelo Capurro was dead and his crew stranded in Indonesian waters. In a piece for CNN , Teele Rebane...

The Ever Given Saga Isn't Over Quite Yet

Egypt won't release container ship until probe is done, 'compensation is paid'

(Newser) - Rumors started floating again this week that the beleaguered Ever Given, the container ship stuck in the Suez Canal last month for six days, had become restuck. That's not true , but the 1,300-foot ship isn't exactly free, either: The Wall Street Journal reports that Egypt won't...

Hawaii Boaters Warned After Ship Loses 1.9K Containers

It ran into violent storm en route to California

(Newser) - A cargo ship en route to Long Beach, California, from China lost almost 2,000 containers in a violent storm this week—more than the entire industry loses at sea in a typical year. The Coast Guard has warned Hawaii mariners about the approximately 1,900 lost containers, 40 of...

Container Ship Set for Arctic Marks a 'Turning Point'

Maersk's 'trial' has environmentalists on edge

(Newser) - The world's largest container shipping company will follow explorers who sought sea passages through the Arctic half a millennium ago, though likely with more success thanks to global warming. In what NPR calls a turning point, Denmark-based Maersk will send the first container ship—a 42,000-ton vessel housing...

Navy Finds Dead Sailors Aboard Rammed Destroyer

Several bodies recovered from flooded compartments aboard USS Fitzgerald

(Newser) - The search for seven US Navy sailors missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan was called off Sunday after several bodies were found in the ship's flooded compartments, including sleeping quarters. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the Navy's 7th Fleet, described the...

Attempt to Tow Drifting, Fuel-Packed Ship Fails

But Russian cargo ship Simushir now 'very far off the coast' of Canada

(Newser) - A Russian ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel remains adrift despite officials' efforts to grab it with tow lines: All three lines from a Canadian Coast Guard vessel have broken, officials say. As of this morning, the CBC reports, the container ship was some 28 miles off the coast...

Feds Search for Trapped Stowaways on Massive NJ Ship

Inspectors heard tapping on vessel, loaded 3 weeks ago in India

(Newser) - Frantic federal authorities were continuing to search containers on a massive cargo ship last night for stowaways after Coast Guard officials reported hearing suspicious noises during a routine inspection at the Newark port. Inspectors heard knocking from inside a shipping container buried deep within the cargo stacks, which had been...

UK Yacht Couple 'OK' With Somali Pirates

'We are well,' Paul Chandler says by phone

(Newser) - A British couple taken from their yacht by Somali pirates say they’re in good condition and are being held aboard a hijacked container ship. “We are well and being looked after OK,” Paul Chandler, 59, told the BBC by phone today; he also spoke to British channel...

Tanker Crash Spilled 'Nastiest' Oil Into SF Bay

58,000 gallons dumped in collision with bridge; contamination could linger decades

(Newser) - A massive container ship traveling in dense fog crashed into the San Francisco’s Bay Bridge yesterday, spilling 58,000 gallons of noxious oil lethal to marine life. It was unclear whether mechanical or human error was at fault, but a spill cleaner said the bunker fuel oil is “...

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