Hurricane Joaquin is pictured off the east coast of the United States in this handout photo provided by NOAA, taken October 1, 2015. Search-and-rescue teams on Sunday located debris appearing to belong to the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin with 33 mostly American crew members aboard more than three days ago, the U.S. Coast Guard and the ship's owner said. Picture taken October 1, 2015. REUTERS/NOAA/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

El Faro Set Sail Watching Tropical Storm, Ran Straight Into Major Hurricane

  By Brian K. Sullivan (Bloomberg) — The worst thing facing the captain of the El Faro when he sailed his 790-foot container ship from Jacksonville, Florida, on Sept. 29 was a tropical storm more than 400 miles from the Bahamas. 1500 UTC TUE SEP 29 – NWS NHC TROPICAL STORM JOAQUIN FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 7 […]

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Dutch freighter Flinterstar is seen sinking after colliding with Marshall Island-flagged tanker Al-Oraiq, which also suffered damage in the collision, in the North Sea off the Belgian coast October 6, 2015. REUTERS/Benny Proot

Dutch Freighter ‘Flinterstar’ Sinks After Collision With LNG Carrier – PHOTOS

  A Dutch freighter has sank after colliding nearly head on with the Marshall Islands-flagged LNG carrier Al-Oraiq in the North Sea off Belgium on Tuesday morning. All 12 crew members from the freighter, named Flinterstar, have been rescued. The crew members were rescued from the cold North Sea, including one person who was reportedly suffering from […]

El Faro seen laid up in 2010. Photo: Allen Baker

Federal Investigators Head to Florida to Probe El Faro Loss

  By Barbara Liston JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct 6 (Reuters) – Deep waters may complicate efforts to find out what happened to a U.S. container ship lost at sea during Hurricane Joaquin, a federal safety investigator said on Tuesday, as a search and rescue mission for 32 missing crew stretched into a sixth day. A National […]

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U.S. Court Orders EPA to Rewrite Ballast Water Discharge Rules

  By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK, Oct 5 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court in New York ordered the government to rewrite its rules regulating the discharge of ballast water by ships, in a victory for environmental groups that said the rules were too lenient and threatened the nation’s waterways. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court […]

The U.S. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker Polar Star. File Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Russia and United States Square Off Over Arctic

  By David Axe Oct 5 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Alaska helped draw attention to global climate change – and to the national-security tensions that could result from a warming Arctic region. Surveyors believe that the seabed under Arctic waters could contain hundreds of billions of barrels of untapped oil. As […]