Tag: Ships and Shipping

After a Giant Ship Goes Belly Up, Many Fear a Shoreline Is Next

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Scott Owens has fished for decades in the gray waters off the Georgia coast. Usually this time of year, his phone would be filled with nothing but photographs of redfish and speckled trout he reeled in with clients who hired him as their guide. Instead, his catches have been crowded […]

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Coast Guard Ignored Calls for Safeguards Before Duck Boat Sank, Report Says

The federal agency investigating the sinking of a duck boat in Missouri last year that killed 17 people said the Coast Guard ignored warnings that it should adopt more stringent safety requirements for the amphibious craft. The agency, the National Transportation Safety Board, criticized the Coast Guard’s oversight of duck boat operations in a 14-page […]

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Navy Submarine, Missing for 75 Years, Is Found Off Okinawa

A 75-year-old mystery has been solved, and the families of 80 American sailors lost at sea will now have closure: the U.S.S. Grayback has finally been found. It was hidden from discovery all this time by a single errant digit. The mystery began on Jan. 28, 1944, when the Grayback, one of the most successful […]

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39 Found Dead in Truck Are Believed to Be Chinese, U.K. Police Say

LONDON — A day after the harrowing discovery of 39 bodies in the refrigerated trailer of a truck in southeastern England, police said on Thursday that the victims were believed to be Chinese citizens. Eight of the dead are women and 31 are men, according to a statement from Essex Police. Information about the truck’s […]

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Norwegian Cruise Ship Passengers Live-Tweet a Mutiny

It is not clear if the rebellion was sparked by the clogged toilets or the canceled visit to Scotland, but passengers on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship had had enough. In recent days, travelers on the “mystical fjords” voyage in Europe staged (and live tweeted) a veritable mutiny after inclement weather forced repeated changes to […]

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No One Needs a Superyacht, but They Keep Selling Them

LONDON — The end of summer is a nervous time for superyacht designers, and not because they fear that the owners of their latest creations may be disappointed with the first outings in the Mediterranean. The worry is about the designers’ next vessels, because this is the time of year when clients whose boats are […]

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At 35,853 Feet Down, an Argument About ‘Deepest’

How deep is the deep end of the ocean? The answer turns on an array of factors nearly as wide as the sea itself: the barometric pressure over the site in question, the seawater’s density and temperature, the vagaries of measurement and, perhaps, on whether a world record is at stake. The whereabouts of the […]

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Seized Iranian Tanker Leaves Gibraltar, Despite U.S. Demand

An Iranian oil tanker held for six weeks after being impounded left Gibraltar on Sunday, days after the authorities there rejected a request from American officials that it turn the vessel over to them. A marine traffic monitoring site showed the tanker, the Grace 1, leaving Gibraltar’s waters. Iranian and Gibraltar news organizations confirmed that […]

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U.S. Applies to Seize Iranian Tanker Held in Gibraltar

LONDON — The United States has applied to seize the Iranian oil tanker being held at Gibraltar, the government of the British territory revealed on Thursday, just as the authorities there were considering whether to release the ship they detained more than a month ago. The American action is the latest in a series of […]

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U.S. Sanctions Turn Iran’s Oil Industry Into Spy vs. Spy

They change offices every few months and store documents only in hard copy. They scan their businesses for covert listening devices and divert all office calls to their cellphones. They know they are under surveillance, and assume their electronics are hacked. They are not spies or jewel thieves but Iran’s oil traders, and they are […]

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U.K. Joins U.S.-Led Effort to Protect Ships in Strait of Hormuz

LONDON — Britain on Monday joined an American-led mission to protect ships traveling through the Strait of Hormuz from Iranian threats, signaling a greater openness to working with the United States to shore up maritime security in the region and acknowledging that its efforts to create a European-led task force have proved difficult. Tensions between […]

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Iran Seizes Oil Tanker in Persian Gulf

Iran has seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf that was smuggling fuel to some Arab states, according to a state television report on Sunday. The report said that the tanker had been detained and the ship’s foreign crew held by the country’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. No further details were provided, […]

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Wary of Trump’s Hard Line on Iran, Europeans Decline to Join Escorts in Gulf

BRUSSELS — With tensions rising with Iran, the United States and Britain have been shopping for European support to bolster patrols in the Persian Gulf around the Strait of Hormuz, a vital passage way for global oil supplies. But so far the American requests for help to escort shipping in the Gulf have been met […]

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Suggesting a Tanker Swap, Iran Hints at a Compromise

LONDON — President Hassan Rouhani of Iran suggested Wednesday that his country might release a British-flagged tanker in exchange for the return of an Iranian ship seized by the British military off the coast of Gibraltar. Iranian officials had previously implied such an offer might be forthcoming, describing the capture of the British tanker as […]

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With Guns, Cash and Terrorism, Gulf States Vie for Power in Somalia

When a small car bomb exploded outside a courthouse in the bustling port city of Bosaso in northern Somalia, local news reports chalked it up to Islamist militants retaliating for American airstrikes. At least eight people were wounded, and a local affiliate of the Islamic State claimed responsibility. The attack, however, may have also been […]

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Iran Says It Seized Foreign Oil Tanker, Escalating Regional Tensions

The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps of Iran seized a foreign oil tanker, Iranian news media reported on Thursday, days after a United Arab Emirates tanker disappeared, raising the stakes in the running conflict that has pitted Iran against some of its Persian Gulf neighbors and the United States. Several state news organizations in Iran reported […]

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Gibraltar Detains Syria-Bound Tanker Thought to Be Carrying Iranian Oil

LONDON — The authorities in Gibraltar on Thursday detained a supertanker that they said was carrying crude oil to Syria, in violation of European Union sanctions against Syria. Shipping experts said that the tanker, the Grace 1, appeared to be carrying Iranian cargo, in an apparent attempt to circumvent United States sanctions imposed by President […]

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To Evade Sanctions on Iran, Ships Vanish in Plain Sight

A week ago, a small tanker ship approached the Persian Gulf after a 19-day voyage from China. The captain, as required by international rules, reported the ship’s position, course, speed and another key detail: It was riding high in the water, meaning it was probably empty. Then the Chinese-owned ship, the Sino Energy 1, went […]

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Duterte Plays Down Chinese Ramming of Filipino Fishing Boat

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines says a government investigation has found that the recent sinking of a Filipino boat by a Chinese vessel in the disputed South China Sea was an ordinary maritime mishap that should not strain ties between the two countries. His statement, made on Monday, comes amid nearly daily […]

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White House Is Pressing for Additional Options, Including in Cyberspace, to Deter Iranian Attacks

WASHINGTON — American intelligence and military officers are working on additional clandestine plans to counter Iranian aggression in the Persian Gulf, pushed by the White House to develop new options that could help deter Tehran without escalating tensions into a full-out conventional war, according to current and former officials. The goal is to develop operations […]

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Are Oman Tanker Attacks Another Gulf of Tonkin?

There has been considerable cynicism worldwide about American claims that the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday were conducted by Iran. Iran has denied the accusation, and on Twitter, the term “Gulf of Tonkin” trended alongside the “Gulf of Oman.” That historical reference is telling. It was in citing […]

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