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More than 80 ships blocked from Houston Ship Channel due to oil spill: Coast Guard

HOUSTON (Reuters) – More ships were waiting on Wednesday morning to sail through the Houston Ship Channel as the cleanup of a Saturday fuel oil spill in Galveston Bay continued, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The number of ships waiting to move to the port of Houston through the channel,…

Italy shipwreck rescuer: ‘The worst was having to choose who to save, knowing that the others would drown’

AFP – Marcello Nizza was on a night-time fishing expedition off the Italian coast when he heard screams from the water in the darkness. “Suddenly, it was hell,” Nizza said, still shaken by the shipwreck tragedy in the early hours of Thursday off the island of Lampedusa in which 300…

Three-mile oil sheen follows barge crash on Mississippi river

An oil sheen was spotted up to three miles away after two barges smashed into a bridge near Vicksburg, Mississippi on Sunday, the Coast Guard said in an advisory. The Old Vicksburg Bridge was not significantly damaged, but officials said that one of the barges carrying up to 80,000 gallons…

Coast Guard sinks Japan tsunami ‘ghost ship’

The US Coast Guard sunk a Japanese “ghost ship” with bursts of heavy gunfire when it drifted into Alaskan waters more than a year after being set adrift by a devastating tsunami. The deserted trawler, seen as a shipping hazard, was first spotted off the coast of Canada on March…

U.S. coastguard rescues injured from stricken yacht

The US Coast Guard have rescued two injured crew members from a yacht hit by a “monstrous foaming swell” in the Pacific, in an operation made more complicated by bad weather, officials said. A 29-year-old man and 50-year-old woman were transferred from the 68-foot (21-meter) “Geraldton Western Australia” — which was taking…

Italian cruise captain refused orders to reboard ship

The captain of the cruise ship that ran aground and sank off the Italian coast refused to reboard the doomed vessel after he abandoned it, audio recordings revealed. The Costa Concordia hit rocks and capsized on late Friday, leaving at least 11 dead. Capt. Francesco Schettino allegedly abandoned the ship…

Russian ship to pump fuel to ice-bound Alaska port

A Russian ship carrying vital fuel to a remote Alaskan port could finally deliver its load Saturday after battling through some 300 miles (480 km) of Arctic ice, the US Coast Guard said. Helped by a US Coast Guard ice-breaker, the Russian tanker Renda was within seven miles of the…

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