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.

Greece holds arms-laden ship

2013-11-11 23:11

Greece will hold as unsafe a Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship that was seized last week laden with arms and ammunition possibly bound for war-ravaged Syria.

Thai ferry disaster rescuers recount terror at sea

2013-11-04 13:01

Thai rescuers have recounted frantic efforts to rescue terrified survivors from the sea after a crowded tourist ferry sank, leaving six dead, including three foreigners.

9 dead as ship hits seawall off S Korea

2013-10-16 08:42

A cargo ship has hit a seawall off South Korea's southeastern coast and partly sank in an accident that killed nine crew members and left two missing, coast guard officers say.

Global armada graces Sydney for naval centenary

2013-10-04 09:01

Warships from 17 countries have steamed into Sydney Harbour for a nautical extravaganza marking the centenary of Australia's emergence as an independent sea power.

Death toll nears 100 in migrant boat disaster

2013-10-03 14:19

An Italian official says 94 bodies have been found in the migrant shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa but more than 200 people are still unaccounted for.


As hundreds of hopeful whale watchers flock to the coast, we take a look at why whales come to our shores.

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Cargo ship crosses Northwest Passage

2013-09-27 22:42

A Danish-owned coal cargo ship has sailed through the Northwest Passage from Canada to Europe.

'Selling the sea' is harming Africa

2013-09-24 17:53

There is a dire need to understand the import link between Africa's maritime security and the continent’s prosperity, warns an academic.

SA man describes Concordia salvage operation

2013-09-13 10:05

A South African man in charge of the salvage operation of the Costa Concordia in Italy has described it as "the most engineered salvage recovery operation ever undertaken".

Cruise ship crew member airlifted

2013-09-08 08:28

An Indonesian crew member has been airlifted from a Carnival cruise ship to a New Orleans hospital after falling and hitting her head on deck.

Russian ships ready to react to escalation

2013-09-04 22:22

Russian naval vessels in the Mediterranean are capable of reacting to an escalation in the Syria conflict, a military source has said.


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.

Migrants drown after boat capsizes

2013-11-15 16:10

At least 12 migrants including four children have died when their boat capsized near a small Greek town on the Ionian Sea.

Polish couple among victims of Thai ferry sinking

2013-11-05 16:11

A Polish couple are among six passengers who died when a crowded tourist ferry sank in Thailand.

Trapped whale rescued in Cape Town

2013-10-28 09:28

A baby Humpback whale which was trapped between the quayside and a ship has been rescuedat the Port of Table Bay in Cape Town, the National Sea Rescue Institute says.

Divers to raise Italy migrant wreck

2013-10-05 16:32

Italian rescuers say that they have planned to raise a wreck filled with corpses after a tragedy in which 300 African asylum-seekers are feared dead.

300 feared dead in migrant boat disaster

2013-10-04 08:03

Three hundred people are feared dead after a boat carrying up to 500 African asylum seekers caught fire and sank off Italian shores in the worst recent refugee disaster in the region.

Scores die in migrant boat disaster off Italy

2013-10-03 12:03

At least 82 asylum-seekers drowned and 150 have been rescued after a boat carrying some 500 people caught fire and capsized near an Italian island, officials and media reports say.

Many still missing in ferry accident

2013-09-29 09:09

The death toll from the sinking of an Australia-bound asylum seeker boat off Indonesia's main Java island has risen to 28.

Ships crash off Japan coast, 6 crew missing

2013-09-27 08:39

Two cargo ships have collided south of Tokyo, and the coast guard is searching for six crew missing from the smaller vessel.

Costa Concordia finally stands upright

2013-09-17 07:26

Salvage operators in Italy have lifted the Costa Concordia upright from its watery grave in a 19-hour operation - the biggest ever project of its kind.

Cape estuary free of oil - SANParks

2013-09-09 19:29

SANParks says the oil from the cargo ship, which ran aground off Buffels Bay near Knysna a month ago, did not enter the Swartvlei Estuary.

Four China ships in disputed zone

2013-09-06 21:04

Four Chinese coastguard ships have entered disputed waters near East China Sea islands at the centre of a bitter row with Tokyo.

Knysna ship grounding to be probed

2013-09-02 13:12

A commission of inquiry will begin to probe the circumstances around the grounding of a cargo ship off Buffels Bay near Knysna.

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