Search Continues As Damaged Destroyer Hobbles Into Port

The Japanese coast guard is leading the search for seven sailors missing after their U.S. destroyer collided with a container ship early Saturday. The USS Fitzgerald was damaged both above the waterline by the containership's bow and below the waterline by the bulbous bow.. A search for debris will be conducted by the US Navy. The ship was last seen near the pier, … [Read more...]

Seven Missing, Three Injured After U.S. Navy destroyer Collides With Containership Off Japan

By Idrees Ali and Tim Kelly (Reuters) Seven sailors are missing and three injured after a U.S. Navy destroyer collided early on Saturday morning with a Philippine-flagged container ship south of Tokyo Bay in Japan, the U.S. Navy said. The Japanese Coast Guard said the destroyer was experiencing some flooding but was not in danger of sinking, while the merchant vessel was … [Read more...]

UPDATE: US Navy Destroyer Collides With Container Ship

by Phil Stewart (Reuters) The U.S. Navy said in a statement the USS Fitzgerald collided with a merchant vessel at about 2:30 a.m. local time (1730 GMT), some 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, a rare incident on a busy waterway. The Navy said one injured U.S. sailor would be evacuated by a Japanese coast guard helicopter. "The USS Fitzgerald suffered damage on her … [Read more...]

Containership Captain Commits Suicide During North Atlantic Voyage

The Master of a containership is reported to have committed suicide aboard his ship during a recent voyage from New York and Tilbury, England. The Catholic charity Apostleship of the Sea sent a port chaplain to visit the Maltese-flagged Santa Bettina upon its arrival in Tilbury on May 21. In a post on its Facebook page, the group said the Santa Bettina was a week into … [Read more...]

Libya Captures Two Oil Tankers After Firefight

By Ahmed Elumami (Reuters) Libyan naval forces captured two vessels suspected of smuggling oil from the North African country after gun battles lasting several hours west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman for the service said on Friday. Libyan forces frequently capture vessels smuggling oil and arms off the coast and the North African state has become a haven for … [Read more...]