ARTICLES RELATING TO MARITIME

Typhoon Kalmaegi blows out of Philippines

2014-09-15 13:41

A fast-moving typhoon has moved out of the northern Philippines after causing flash floods and landslides. Three people have been killed when big waves and strong winds sank a stalled ferry.

Bon Voyage: SA Agulhas II leaves for research

2014-09-04 16:29

The South African research vessel SA Agulhas II has embarked on her annual voyage to Gough Island, where an over-wintering team will spend 14 months.

China makes rare admission of naval near-miss

2014-09-04 12:15

China has honoured a submarine captain for averting an underwater 'emergency' after his crew reportedly saved the vessel from sinking into waters thousands of metres deep.

Ebola: Liberia bans sailors from disembarking

2014-08-30 20:42

Liberia says it will deny permission for any crew to disembark from ships at the country's four seaports until the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa is under control.

Boat with 170 on board sinks off Libyan coast

2014-08-23 16:31

A wooden boat with around 170 African migrants on board trying to reach Europe has sunk in rough seas off the Libyan coast, a spokesperson for the Libyan navy says.

Cape fishermen missing at sea

2014-08-19 21:09

Two men are missing after they went fishing in Paternoster in the Western Cape.

Indonesian ship sinks, 2 missing 13 found alive

2014-08-18 10:32

Bad weather has been hampering a desperate search for two foreign tourists still missing after a boat travelling between two Indonesian islands sank, 13 people have been plucked from the water alive.

New dredger to start

2014-08-11 21:06

South Africa's newest dredger, acquired as part of a R2bn fleet upgrade programme, will start working in Cape Town next month before heading to Maputo in neighbouring Mozambique.

China defends lighthouse on disputed islands

2014-08-09 14:30

China's foreign ministry has defended the government's decision to build lighthouses on disputed islands in the South China Sea.

World's largest solar boat on Greek adventure

2014-07-29 10:09

The world's largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, an organiser says.

Ocean can contribute R177bn to GDP - Zuma

2014-07-19 19:15
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President Jacob Zuma has announced plans to explore parts of the ocean to find economic potential that could contribute to the country's gross domestic product.

Concordia floated for tow to Genoa

2014-07-15 17:43

Crews have successfully float the shipwrecked Concordia cruise ship ahead of towing it to a Genoa scrapyard.

How Japan can use its military after policy change

2014-07-02 10:45

Japan's government has approved a reinterpretation of the war-renouncing constitution to allow greater use of military force to defend other countries.

50 injured in Hong Kong ferry crash

2014-06-13 08:30

More than 50 people have been injured when a Hong Kong ferry crashed into a seawall off the coast of the gambling enclave of Macau.

150 000 urge US to resume search for yachtsmen

2014-05-20 15:35

More than 150 000 people have signed a petition calling on the US Coast Guard to resume the search for four British yachtsmen missing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Ship taken by slaves 152 years ago found

2014-05-14 09:05

Marine archaeologists say they believe they have located a sunken Civil War ship that a group of African slaves in Charleston commandeered to sail to freedom 152 years ago.

Two dead, dozens missing in Greece sinkings

2014-05-05 17:23

Two migrant women have drowned and dozens remain missing after two dinghies carrying them towards Greek shores capsized in the Aegean, coastguard officials said.

Gordhan: SA needs balanced border control

2014-05-02 13:15

SA needs to weigh up the movement of people and goods at its borders against promoting tourism and managing threats, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

SA plane to counter oil spill in Madagascar

2014-04-24 09:31

Madagascar has launched an emergency operation to prevent a tanker from unleashing 10 000 cubic metres of crude oil into Madagascar's north coast, a South African plane will be used in the process.

Kids tried desperately to survive as ferry sank

2014-04-23 12:38

South Korean divers continue their search for the bodies of those children who died after a ferry sunk, many of the children have broken fingers, evidence of their struggle to survive.

South Korea ferry: Confirmed deaths rise

2014-04-20 08:08

The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster has risen past 50 after divers finally found a way inside the sunken vessel, quickly discovering more than a dozen bodies.

Seized oil tanker arrives in Tripoli

2014-03-23 11:31

A commercial oil tanker that was seized and returned by US forces after it loaded crude at a Libya port held by anti-government rebels has docked back in the capital Tripoli, says a witness.

Manila supplies island after China blockade

2014-03-12 16:19

The Philippines has air-dropped food and water to soldiers stationed on a grounded transport ship on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, after China blocked two Filipino supply ships from reaching the troops.

US warship sails towards Black Sea

2014-03-07 18:24

A US warship has passed through Turkey's Bosphorus straits on its way to the Black Sea, in what the US military has described as a "routine" deployment.

 

Egypt arrests 157 migrants headed to Italy

2014-09-15 08:58

The Egyptian coast guard has arrested 157 migrants of different nationalities, who had been planning to sail illegally in a rickety fishing boat from Egypt to Italy, a security official said.

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The South African research vessel SA Agulhas II has embarked on her annual voyage to Gough Island.

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Mexico rescues 15 Cubans adrift deep in Gulf

2014-09-02 16:43

The Mexican Navy says it has rescued 13 badly dehydrated Cubans who were drifting in a makeshift boat far offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ancient shipwreck off Malta leaves 700 BC cargo

2014-08-25 21:19

A shipwreck off Malta has yielded a 700 BC cargo; some of the oldest finds of Phoenician times ever.

Somali pirate kingpin finally arrested

2014-08-20 08:29

Somali security forces have arrested one of the country's most powerful pirate chiefs, who once hijacked giant vessels earning him multi-million dollar ransoms, security sources say.

Survivors of Indonesian boat drank urine to survive

2014-08-18 16:50

Thirteen people lost at sea for two days when their tourist boat sank in Indonesia have been rescued after a horrific ordeal that had forced survivors to drink their own urine.

Spain picks up almost 700 migrants in 2 days

2014-08-12 18:45

Spanish emergency services have picked up 470 immigrants travelling in dozens of rafts across the Strait of Gibraltar and 227 from the same stretch of water the day before.

Italy rescued nearly 100 000 migrants this year

2014-08-11 16:01

The Italian navy says it had rescued more than 2 000 migrants over the weekend from boats in the Mediterranean, bringing the number it has brought ashore this year to nearly 100 000.

20 dead, dozens missing in shipwreck off Libya

2014-07-30 09:35

More than 20 migrants have died and dozens are missing after their makeshift boat sank off the Libyan coast, the navy says.

Tech woes menace Canada's Arctic maritime traffic

2014-07-16 16:11

Technical problems with a new Canadian Coast Guard communications system are putting maritime traffic in the country's Arctic at risk, a union official say.

US Coast Guard busts sailboat out of Arctic ice

2014-07-15 17:09

The US Coast Guard has freed a Canadian sailboat that became trapped in Arctic ice off the north coast of Alaska.

China, Vietnam affirm 'desire' to solve problems

2014-06-18 11:53

A top Chinese envoy says that his country and Vietnam have a common desire to solve tensions in disputed waters.

Bangladesh sailors finally home after kidnapping

2014-06-12 14:41

Seven Bangladeshi sailors, held hostage by Somali pirates for almost four years have finally returned home, saying it was 'unbelievable' to be alive and describing their ordeal as 'like hell'.

Columbus's Santa Maria possibly found

2014-05-14 14:06

A shipwreck found off the north coast of Haiti could be the 500-year-old remains of the Santa Maria, which led Christopher Columbus's famed voyage to the New World.

Sailor evacuated from ship

2014-05-08 12:43

The NSRI says a Filipino sailor with a suspected burst stomach ulcer has been evacuated from a bulk carrier off Port Elizabeth.

South Korea ferry was routinely overloaded

2014-05-04 10:04

The doomed ferry Sewol exceeded its cargo limit on 246 trips - nearly every voyage it made in which it reported cargo - in the 13 months before it sank, according to documents.

Heroin worth $268m in seized Kenya waters

2014-04-25 14:31

An Australian warship patrolling the Indian Ocean has seized more than a ton of heroin worth A$289 million from a dhow in Kenyan waters.

N Korea finally sends condolences after tragedy

2014-04-23 14:26

More than a week after a South Korean ferry carrying 476 people capsized and sank, North Korea has finally voiced its condolences for the victims of the disaster.

Transcript reveals Korea ferry confusion

2014-04-20 14:30

A transcript of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move after the ship began listing.

Distressed whale shark towed out to sea

2014-04-05 12:30

A whale shark that appeared to be in distress has been gently towed out to sea near the Stompneus Bay harbour in the Western Cape, the National Sea Rescue Institute says.

Black box detector to join jet search

2014-03-30 08:23

A warship with an aircraft black box detector is set to join the search for the missing Malaysian jetliner, more than three weeks after it disappeared.

8 crewmen missing after ships collide off Japan

2014-03-18 11:53

One Chinese crew member is in a critical condition and eight others are missing after two cargo ships collided at the mouth of Tokyo Bay, Japan's coastguard says.

2 dead, 6 missing as fishing boat sinks off Spain

2014-03-10 14:39

A Portuguese-flagged fishing boat has run aground off Spain's northern coast before dawn, killing two of the nine crew and leaving another six missing, rescuers say.

Warship destined for Russia sets sail

2014-03-06 17:20

A French-built warship designed to strengthen Russia's ability to deploy troops and tanks has embarked on a test run, just as Western powers try to rein in President Putin's mi.

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