Dozens missing after Bangladesh boat sinks

2015-01-29 10:04

An overloaded fishing boat carrying migrants to Malaysia has sunk in strong currents off the coast of Bangladesh and 24 passengers are missing, police say.

Namibia denies China plans for naval base

2015-01-23 11:45

The Namibian government has dismissed as fabricated local media reports that China is planning to construct a naval base along Namibia's coast.

Sydney harbour bomb scare prompts evacuations

2015-01-22 07:47

A harbour precinct in Sydney has gone into lockdown, as a specialist investigates a suspicious object found on a ferry.

Search for 22 missing after boat sinks in China

2015-01-16 13:02

Rescuers have cut through the bottom of an upended tugboat to free a Chinese interpreter and searched for 22 more missing people, including eight foreigners, after the vessel capsized in the Yangtze River.

Asia maritime piracy attacks rise to 75%

2015-01-14 15:25

Asia has accounted for three-quarters of global maritime piracy last year after a surge in tanker hijackings helped to fuel a 22% jump in pirate attacks.

Japan's harpoonless whalers heading for Antarctic

2015-01-06 14:05

Japanese whalers will set out for the Antarctic this week, but will leave their harpoons at home after the UN’s top court last year ruled their annual hunt was illegal, the government says.

360 migrants leave 'ghost ship'

2015-01-03 16:20

Italian authorities have disembarked around 360 cold and hungry migrants from a "ghost ship" abandoned by its crew off the country's southern coast.

1 dead, hundreds still stranded in Greek ferry disaster

2014-12-29 08:06

One person has died and more than 200 passengers and crew remain trapped on a burning ferry adrift in rough seas between Italy and Albania as they await evacuation.

Victory for widow in shark cage dive case

2014-12-28 12:30

A court has ruled that shark-cage diving operators may no longer hide behind the indemnity documents they make their clients sign, paving the way for a US woman to sue over her husband's death.

11 Egyptian fishermen drown as boat sinks

2014-12-14 11:17

Egyptian security and hospital officials say 11 fishermen have drowned and 11 have been injured after their boat collided with another passing ship near the country's southern Sinai.

Concordia skipper: 30 seconds from avoiding disaster

2014-12-13 22:04

The Italian ex-captain of the doomed Costa Concordia has claimed at his manslaughter trial that "with 30 more seconds" - and warning from his crew - the cruise ship's deadly crash could have been averted.

Girl's body found in Jeffreys Bay lagoon

2014-12-08 19:07

The body of a girl who went missing in a lagoon at the Seekoei River, in Jeffreys Bay has been found.

Boat capsizes in Wilderness

2014-12-06 14:50

A ski-boat has capsized at the Keimans River mouth near Wilderness, the National Sea Rescue Institute has reported.

52 missing after South Korean fishing boat sinks

2014-12-02 08:19

Rescuers have found no trace of 52 people missing after a South Korean fishing vessel sank off Russia's Far East coast, the operating company says.

Pacific flotilla carries climate message to Australia

2014-11-12 16:23

Traditional Pacific island canoes have sailed into Sydney Harbour after a journey across a vast expanse of ocean, bringing an urgent message to the world about climate change.

South Korea ends search of doomed ferry

2014-11-11 07:44

South Korea says it is calling off a search for nine passengers still missing from a ferry that sank in April killing more than 300 people.

Diesel ship hits bottom of pier in Durban

2014-10-03 10:04

A ship carrying diesel is being kept afloat at Durban harbour after it apparently hit the bottom of the North Pier, the Transnet National Ports Authority says.

Syrian refugees refuse to disembark in Cyprus

2014-09-26 08:20

Almost 300 mostly Syrian refugees rescued by a cruise liner are refusing to disembark in Cyprus's southern port of Limassol, demanding instead to be taken to Italy.

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.


10 feared dead after Chinese boat sinks

2015-01-23 13:30

Ten people have been feared dead after a Chinese fishing boat sank in international waters near the South Korean resort island of Jeju, officials say.

85 migrants rescued off Malta, 20 dead

2015-01-22 16:42

Around 20 migrants have died as they tried to reach Europe by boat, according to some 85 survivors rescued by a Maltese patrol boat while drifting in rough seas off the Mediterranean island.

21 confirmed dead after tugboat sinks in China

2015-01-17 11:31

Twenty-one people have been confirmed dead after a tugboat sank on a trial voyage on the Yangtze, China's longest river, state media report.

100 feared missing after boat sinks in CAR

2015-01-15 11:12

Nearly 100 people are feared missing in the CAR after a boat caught fire and sank on a river in the impoverished country earlier in the week, officials says

Cruise ship blocked by fishermen

2015-01-06 19:38

A cruise ship with about 2 500 people on board has been blocked by fishermen from leaving port .

Migrant smugglers wore hoods

2015-01-03 22:17

Syrian migrants have told Italian police smugglers hid their faces before abandoning the helm of the cargo ship.

Italy stops runaway freighter catastrophe

2014-12-31 21:17

The Italian coast guard has rescued 970 migrants set on a crash course in rough seas by smugglers.

Hundreds trapped as ferry burns in heavy seas off Greece

2014-12-28 14:01

Hundreds of passengers are trapped on a burning car ferry off Greece, pleading to be rescued by a flotilla of nearby ships that are battling storm conditions to try to reach them.

Japan rescues 10 after cargo ship sinks

2014-12-26 09:52

Japan's coastguard says it rescued 10 foreign crew members who abandoned a cargo ship that sank off the country's north coast, but added that three of them were 'unconscious'.

Man drowns in Knysna Lagoon

2014-12-14 12:23

A man has drowned after his canoe capsized in the Knysna Lagoon, the National Sea Rescue Institute says.

26 dead after boat capsizes on Lake Tanganyika

2014-12-14 07:54

At least 26 people have drowned after a boat packed with passengers and goods capsized on Lake Tanganyika in southeastern DRC, officials say.

Pakistan detains 58 Indian fishermen

2014-12-11 15:43

Pakistani marine forces have arrested 58 Indian fishermen for allegedly violating territorial waters in the Arabian Sea, police say.

Fisherman dies of heart attack at sea

2014-12-08 14:49

A man has died of an apparent heart attack while fishing near St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape.

4 Pearl Harbor survivors gather for reunion

2014-12-03 11:44

Four of the remaining nine USS Arizona survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack are vowing this year's anniversary won't be their last reunion.

Denel launches maritime division

2014-12-01 16:44

Denel says its new maritime division will strengthen the state-owned arms manufacturer's transition as a high-technology powerhouse.

South Korean ferry captain jailed for 36 years

2014-11-11 08:22

A South Korean court has handed a 36-year prison sentence to the captain of a sunken ferry, saying he was professionally negligent and abandoned his passengers during the disaster.

Search resumes for South Koreans after Thai boat crash

2014-10-20 11:44

The search has resumed for two South Korean tourists missing off Thailand's southern coast after their tour boat crashed into a fishing vessel, police say.

US partially lifts 40-year ban on Vietnam arms sales

2014-10-03 08:41

The US is to partially lift a 40-year arms embargo against its former foe Vietnam, in a landmark decision set to infuriate China.

Rescue underway of 300 Syrians on boat near Cyprus

2014-09-25 20:33

A rescue operation is underway after 300 migrants from Syria were located in a fishing vessel south of Cyprus, the defence ministry said.

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.


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.

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