Tag: Ships and Shipping

Venice Tourism May Never Be the Same After Covid. That Might Be a Good Thing.

Long before Venice became the destination of choice for millions of international holidaymakers, locals had a tradition of flânerie, an aimless stroll through the city’s calli, or walkways. They would bump into acquaintances for a chat and the occasional drink, an ombra de vin, a “shadow of wine,” as it’s called in the lagoon. That […]

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Yes, Even George Washington

On the issue of American slavery, I am an absolutist: enslavers were amoral monsters. The very idea that one group of people believed that they had the right to own another human being is abhorrent and depraved. The fact that their control was enforced by violence was barbaric. People often try to explain this away […]

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Piracy Surges in Gulf of Mexico, Prompting U.S. Warning

MEXICO CITY — The pirates appeared out of the darkness, leaping aboard the Italian-flagged supply ship off the coast of Mexico. Weapons drawn, the eight attackers worked swiftly, taking crew members hostage while they ransacked the vessel and snatched personal belongings and equipment. Shots were fired, according to the United States Office of Naval Intelligence, […]

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Oil-Starved Venezuela Celebrates Arrival of Tankers From Iran

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — An oil tanker called “Fortune” has sailed into Venezuela from Iran, the first of five ships expected to arrive in a nation so starved of gasoline that the docking of a single tanker was hailed on Monday by government officials as a victory. The move represented a deepening of economic relations between […]

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Fire Destroys Warehouse at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

About 150 firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that destroyed a quarter of the structures on Pier 45 in San Francisco early on Saturday morning, the authorities said. One firefighter had a severe cut to an arm, Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said at a news conference. He said the firefighter was […]

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The Pirates’ Booty That Changed the Course of History

ENEMY OF ALL MANKINDA True Story of Piracy, Power, and History’s First Global ManhuntBy Steven Johnson On Sept. 11, 1695, as the Mughal treasure ship Ganj-i-Sawai neared the end of its return voyage from Mecca to the port city of Surat on the Indian Ocean, a lookout spotted the sails of an English frigate on […]

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Latest Tactic to Push Migrants From Europe? A Private, Clandestine Fleet

With the onset of the coronavirus, Malta announced that it was too overwhelmed to rescue migrants making the precarious crossing of the Mediterranean Sea, where the tiny island nation has been on the front line of the maritime migration route over the past decade. In secret, however, the Maltese authorities have worked hard to make […]

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The Oil Industry’s Glut Has a Bright Spot: Tanker Storage

The price of oil has plunged, but the price of finding a place to put it has soared. And if you are in the business of providing a temporary home for the world’s glut of crude, you’ve hit the jackpot. More and more massive tankers at sea are being used simply to hold the oil […]

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How an Invisible Foe Slipped Aboard a French Navy Ship

PARIS — In January, France’s prime minister addressed sailors aboard the country’s only aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, and extolled the vessel as a crown jewel in the country. “Rest assured that France is watching you and that it is proud of you,” Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said as the carrier was leaving on […]

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What Was Life Like for Sailors During the Battle of the Atlantic?

In the latest article from “Beyond the World War II We Know,” a series by The Times that documents lesser-known stories from World War II, James Stavridis, a retired United States Navy admiral and former commander of the United States European Command looks back on the lives of sailors during the long Battle of the […]

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Global Trade Sputters, Leaving Too Much Here, Too Little There

WASHINGTON — Factories are idled. Workers are in lockdown. Goods are piling up at some ports, while elsewhere container ships sail empty. Dairy farmers are dumping their milk, while toilet paper aisles at the grocery store have been picked bare. The spread of the coronavirus has disrupted global supply chains, leading to shortages and price […]

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The Invasion of Antarctica Begins With Mussels

Given its geographic isolation and bone-chilling temperatures, Antarctica has long held up a “no soliciting” sign when it comes to invasive species. But now the first successful marine invaders have breached the White Continent’s door. Scientists found a colony of mussels, most likely transported from Patagonia via ship, near the largest of the South Shetland […]

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Mystery Shipwreck Dates to Before Revolutionary War, Researcher Says

In 1769, a cargo ship laden with flour, pork and English goods set sail from Salem, Mass., headed to Portland, Maine. The ship encountered a fierce storm and never made it to its destination. Now a maritime archaeologist believes he may have solved the mystery. Every few years, the remains of a shipwreck have surfaced […]

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Engineer Crashes Train Near Hospital Ship in Los Angeles

A train engineer at the Port of Los Angeles deliberately crashed a locomotive on Tuesday afternoon near a Navy hospital ship, telling the authorities that he had suspicions about the ship’s mission of bolstering the health care system during the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors said. Nobody was injured in the crash and the ship, the U.S.N.S. […]

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Florida Debates Whether to Take Zaandam Cruise Ship Passengers

KEY WEST, Fla. — The vacation the passengers had imagined, a luxurious two-week voyage along the coast of South America to the southernmost tip of the hemisphere, turned into something else entirely. Four passengers on board died, victims of the coronavirus. Many others began showing flulike symptoms, with nine passengers still in the ship hospital. […]

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‘God Knows How Many People We Infected’: New Protocols Aim to Get Cruise Passengers Home

KEY WEST, Fla. — Days after a harrowing journey to escape a trans-Atlantic cruise where two passengers came down with fatal cases of Covid-19, Jim Nevis is back home in Arizona, fighting the virus in a hospital intensive care unit. A Canadian family evacuated from the same Italian ship, the Costa Luminosa, traveled through three […]

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Trapped at Sea by Covid-19 Lockdowns, Crew Members Plead for Help

When Capt. Nilesh Gandhi’s oil tanker docked in coronavirus-ravaged China early last month, he understood that he would not be able to disembark and fly home as planned. He would have to keep working, at least until Singapore. But when he arrived there, Singapore had prohibited all crew changes. And when he docks in Sri […]

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Japan Can’t Handle the Coronavirus. Can It Host the Olympics?

TOKYO — The Japanese government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak has been staggeringly incompetent. Why, when so much is at stake for Japan, especially as the host country of the Olympics this summer? The first infection in Japan was confirmed on Jan. 28. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus to be “a public health […]

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‘We’re in a Petri Dish’: How a Coronavirus Ravaged a Cruise Ship

YOKOHAMA, Japan — The captain came over the intercom early in the evening: A passenger who had left the ship nine days earlier had tested positive for the new coronavirus sweeping through China. While the guests on board were unnerved, it was the final night of their two-week luxury cruise aboard the Diamond Princess. The […]

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The Search for World War II Aircraft in the Pacific

You’re reading this week’s At War newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Friday. Email us at atwar@nytimes.com. Although World War II ended nearly 75 years ago, the oceans are still giving up their secrets of where the dead fell. Last week, the private group Project Recover announced that it […]

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Trump Targets New York Again, This Time Over Car Exports

Several times a month, ships loaded with used cars leave ports around New York, bound for sale in the Caribbean, West Africa and the Middle East. It is a bustling business that starts with car dealerships and involves auction companies, exporters, freight carriers and shipping lines. Tens of thousands of cars make their way overseas […]

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Cambodia’s Coronavirus Complacency May Exact a Global Toll

SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia — When Cambodia’s prime minister greeted passengers on a cruise ship amid a coronavirus scare on Valentine’s Day, embraces were the order of the day. Protective masks were not. Not only did Prime Minister Hun Sen not wear one, assured that the ship was virus-free, his bodyguards ordered people who had donned masks […]

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They Escaped an Infected Ship, but the Flight Home Was No Haven

TOKYO — The ground rules were clear. A day before at least 328 Americans were to be whisked away from a contaminated cruise ship in Japan, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo told passengers that no one infected with the coronavirus would be allowed to board charter flights to the United States. But as the evacuees […]

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Coronavirus Updates: Scramble to Track Cruise Passengers After Infection Is Reported

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePassengers disembarked from the Westerdam in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, on Saturday.Credit…Heng Sinith/Associated Press Countries race to track cruise passengers after the coronavirus is discovered. The cruise ship had been shunned at port after port for fear it might carry the new coronavirus, COVID-19, but when the Westerdam arrived in Cambodia […]

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As Passenger Angst Grows, Japan to Let Some Off Ship, but Fewer Than Hoped

TOKYO — For a moment on Thursday, John and Carol Montgomery thought they might be departing early from the cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, Japan, where new cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed almost daily. Japan’s health minister said a few categories of passengers could spend the remainder of the two-week quarantine ashore. The […]

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Cruise Ship’s Coronavirus Outbreak Leaves Crew Nowhere to Hide

YOKOHAMA, Japan — As coronavirus cases rapidly multiply on the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, the more than 2,500 passengers on board live in effective isolation. They receive meals in their cabins. They keep an officially mandated distance of six feet from each other for the few minutes each day when they are allowed on […]

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Trapped on a Cruise Ship by the Coronavirus: When Is Breakfast?

TOKYO — Hidden away in her cabin, Masako Ishida reckons she doesn’t face much risk from the coronavirus that has stalked her cruise ship, forcing an onboard quarantine of 3,700 passengers and crew members in the port city of Yokohama. Ms. Ishida, 61, is trying to see the bright side as she faces two long […]

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