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14 fall in foiled sugar smuggling attempt in Zamboanga City

14 fall in foiled sugar smuggling attempt
Thom Andrade January 7, 2015 http://www.interaksyon.com/article/102539/14-fall-in-foiled-sugar-smuggl...

MANILA, Philippines -- Authorities arrested 14 persons and seized more than 1,000 sacks of sugar in Zamboanga City Tuesday night, foiling an attempt to smuggle the commodity into the country.

Group files injunction to stop ship sinking

Group files injunction to stop ship sinking
Jan 7, 2015 http://www.northislandgazette.com/national/vancouver/287863161.html

VANCOUVER - A non-profit society is asking the Federal Court to stop the planned sinking of a former Canadian navy vessel in a small, protected marine park in Howe Sound off the coast of B.C.

The Save Halkett Bay Marine Park Society filed court documents this week seeking an injunction to stop the plan to sink the 1960s former helicopter-carrying destroyer.

Tourist ship sinks in Costa Rica

Tourist ship sinks in Costa Rica
AFP 2015-01-08 http://www.news24.com/World/News/Tourist-ship-sinks-in-Costa-Rica-20150108

San Jos - A catamaran carrying 98 tourists and 10 crew members sank off Costa Rica on Thursday, leaving at least four people dead while rescuers saved dozens from the sea.

Rescuers have plucked 94 people from the Pacific waters so far, fire brigade director Hector Chaves told Radio Monumental. The identities of the victims have not been disclosed.

The MSC Oscar just became the world's biggest container ship

The MSC Oscar just became the world's biggest container ship
January 8, 2015 http://www.vox.com/2015/1/8/7513317/container-ship-msc-oscar

Today, the MSC Oscar is scheduled to set sail from a shipyard near Busan, South Korea, and became the world's largest container ship.

This ship is so big that it's hard to comprehend without seeing in person. The deck of the Oscar is nearly as big as four football fields laid end-to-end and can carry more than 19,000 shipping containers.

Dabawenyo Alex Piala Bacalla in sunken ship

Dabawenyo in sunken ship
Ben O. Tesiorna January 5, 2015 http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2015/01/05/dabawenyo-sunken-s...

Screenshot of Alex Piala Bacalla's Facebook page
DAVAO CITY -- Dabawenyo Alex Piala Bacalla was very excited with his first sail aboard the Bulk Jupiter as evident on his Facebook posts the past weeks before the ill-fated vessel sank off Southern Vietnam on January 2.

Nigeria: IMO Reviews Operations, Explains Capacity-Building Projects

Nigeria: Imo Reviews Operations, Explains Capacity-Building Projects
7 January 2015 http://allafrica.com/stories/201501070508.html

THE International Maritime Organization (IMO), in 2014,"pursued actively" its targets and objectives in a wide range of subject areas.

According to IMO, 2014 what was a busy, varied and successful year for the Organization.

The global body explained that safety remained a high priority during 2014, pointing out that IMO adopted the safety provisions of the Polar Code and SOLAS amendments to make it mandatory.

Efforts continue to rescue seamen after cargo ship ran aground off Samsun

Efforts continue to rescue seamen after cargo ship ran aground off Samsun
January/07/2015 http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/efforts-continue-to-rescue-seamen-after...

Bad weather battering Turkey has stalled rescue efforts to save 10 seamen trapped on a cargo ship which ran ashore near the northern port of Samsun.

3 Pinoy seafarers injured in Libyan air strike on tanker

Three Filipinos injured in Libyan air strike on tanker
January 7th, 2015 http://globalnation.inquirer.net/116502/three-filipinos-injured-in-libya...

DALY CITY, California – An air strike on a Greek-registered oil tanker injured three Filipino crewmen while the vessel was docked in a port in Derna, Libya, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

DFA spokesman Charles Jose reported that one of the Filipinos was seriously hurt while the two others were in stable condition.

People's Liberation Army holds maritime comprehensive enforcement drill -- China and Japan 'to hold maritime security talks'

PLA holds maritime comprehensive enforcement drill
2015-01-07 http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2015-01/07/c_133903030.htm

BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Xinhuanet) -- The People's Liberation Army has held a maritime comprehensive enforcement drill near Yongxing Island of Sansha City, in south China's Hainan Province.

Rocket damaged tanker leaves Libya with dead seafarers

Rocket damaged tanker leaves Libya with dead seafarers
Andrew Spurrier 06 January 2015 http://www.ihsmaritime360.com/article/16050/rocket-damaged-tanker-leaves...

The damaged Greek tanker that came under air attack in Libya on Sunday afternoon was on its way back to Piraeus in Greece today with the bodies of the two seafarers who died in the attack.

The 28,610 dwt Araevo left Libyan waters early this morning and is expected to arrive in Greece towards midday tomorrow if weather conditions permit.

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