Storm Over Parenting – Do Infants Belong At Sea?

By Jennifer Medina, New York Times — As her family began what was supposed to be a monthslong journey in a 36-foot sailboat from Mexico to New Zealand, Charlotte Kaufman wrote openly of her misgivings about taking her two daughters — ages 1 and 3 — to sail the South Pacific, with her husband as captain and herself as the crew. “I think this may be the stupidest thing we have … [Read more...]

Four Rescued After Tug Sinks Off Big Sur, California [UDPATE]

Update: The Crane barge was successfully towed to Port of LA/LB on Tuesday. The tug Delta Captain sank while towing the barge Saturday, according OSPR in California. No signs of oilspill or wildlife impact were spotted. UPDATE: So far no reports of a sheen or impacted wildlife. Earlier: The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people from a liferaft Saturday after the … [Read more...]

NATO Warship Coordinates Rescue of Crew from Burning Bulk Carrier

A U.S. warship conducting counter-piracy operations in the Indian Ocean with the NATO Task Force assisted in the rescue of 21 Turkish crewmembers of a Liberian-flagged bulk carrier after a fire forced them to abandon ship. According to the NATO report, the bulk carrier M/V Atlantic Confidence reported a fire in the engine room while off the coast of Oman on March 30th and … [Read more...]

Incident Photos of The Week – Daring Barents Sea Rescue

The Rescue Coordination Centre in Northern Norway on Thursday was forced to coordinated the dramatic rescue of 14 mariners who ran into trouble during a storm in the Barents Sea this week. According to reports, the Norwegian longliner "Kamaro" suffered engine failure earlier this week near Bear Island in the Barents Sea, forcing the Norwegian Coast Guard to dispatch a cutter … [Read more...]

Listing General Cargo Ship Abandoned Off Taiwan, Captain Missing

The Captain of a Hong Kong-flagged general cargo ship loaded with logs went missing on Saturday after his vessel began to list dangerously and lost power in high winds and heavy seas off the northern coast of Taiwan. According to local media reports, the 7,716 DWT cargo ship, New Lucky III, was cruising some 35 nautical miles off the coast of Bali when it was battered by … [Read more...]