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

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.

Ship sent to remote Gough Island

2014-02-23 13:51

SA Agulhas 1 has embarked on a mission to retrieve the body of a Gough Island electronic technician who died a while ago.

7 scuba divers still missing

2014-02-16 08:59

Indonesian rescuers have resumed their search for seven scuba divers who vanished during a dive near Bali two days ago.

Spanish boat breaks in two off French coast

2014-02-05 22:59

A Spanish cargo ship has slammed into a dyke and split in two near the French port of Bayonne as wild weather lashed Europe's Atlantic coasts.

Cruise ship sick toll nears 700 on return to US

2014-01-30 07:32

A cruise ship on which nearly 700 passengers and crew fell ill has arrived at its home port in New Jersey after a Caribbean voyage was cut short by a viral outbreak.

Rescued Antarctic passengers on dry land

2014-01-22 07:38

An expedition of 52 scientists and tourists have arrived in Australia, setting foot on dry land for the first time since they were rescued from a ship trapped in Antarctic sea ice.

Antarctic helicopter rescue under way

2014-01-02 12:04

A helicopter mission to rescue 52 passengers trapped on an icebound Russian research ship has finally started in Antarctica after a number of failed icebreaking attempts.

Benoni sailor loses all at sea

2013-12-27 13:50

A sailor who was forced to abandon his yacht en route to the Caribbean says he has lost most of his worldly possessions, The Star reports.

85 injured in Hong Kong ferry crash

2013-11-29 09:35

Eighty five people were injured Friday, three of them seriously, when a high-speed ferry travelling from Hong Kong to Macau hit an unidentified object in the water, authorities said.

SA Agulhas II heading south

2013-11-26 16:54

The icebreaker and polar supply ship SA Agulhas II is set to steam south from Cape Town later this week.


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.

Missing divers found alive in Indonesia

2014-02-17 17:35

Indonesian police say fishermen have found five of the seven Japanese scuba divers who were missing off the resort island of Bali.

Iran sending warships close to US borders

2014-02-08 20:50

A senior Iranian naval commander says that his country has sent several warships to the Atlantic Ocean, close to US maritime borders for the first time.

Man washes up 'after 16 months adrift'

2014-01-31 10:37

An emaciated man whose boat washed up on a remote Pacific atoll this week claims he survived 16 months adrift on the Pacific, floating more than 12 500km from Mexico.

Indian boat capsizes, no life jackets

2014-01-27 12:18

An overcrowded boat has capsized off India's Andaman Islands, the death toll stands at 21 as a result of no life jackets and rescuers not being able to arrive for two hours.

Antarctic mission over as ships clear ice

2014-01-08 09:40

A complex international operation to free a Russian ship trapped in Antarctica has ended when the vessel cleared the ice field.

Icebreaker helps icebound ship

2013-12-27 17:32

A Chinese icebreaker is closing in on the frozen seas where a scientific mission ship is trapped off Antarctica, as those on-board welcomed the easing of blizzard conditions.

Putin orders military into Arctic

2013-12-10 21:39

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia's military to step up its presence in the Arctic after Canada signalled it planned to claim the North Pole and surrounding waters.


The SA Agulhas II, an icebreaker and research ship, has embarked on its second relief journey to Antarctica. We chat to a researcher and to the captain ahead of their trip.

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Cargo ship on fire

2013-11-17 08:52

A cargo ship with 32 people aboard has caught fire in North Sea but stormy weather is affecting rescue efforts.

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