Cruise Ship Strikes Seaway Lock Wall in NY, 17 Injured

Cruise ship to Toronto

The Coast Guard is responding to a 286-foot cruise ship that hit a wall in the Eisenhower Lock in the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Massena, New York, Thursday night.The vessel remains in the lock, where the water has been drained, while response crews remove injured passengers. There were 274 people, including passengers and crew, aboard at the time of the collision. At 9:45 p.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Buffalo received notification of the collision. A crew aboard a 25-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay, New York, responded along with a marine inspector from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Massena.
The ship will remain in the lock with both doors closed until it can be moved to different location. The Saint Laurent is a cruise ship owned by International Shipping Partners.
http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/2549282/

Capsized Eastern Star

After the Eastern Star(Dongfangzhixing) cruise ship capsized in the Yangtze River killing 434 people, China has been dealing with grieving families and angry locals mourning the victims by burning incense and paper money along the river. A 60-person team has been formed to investigate the accident.204 bodies from Eastern Star identified by DNA matching. The ship was built in the 60’s by Chongqing Eastern Shipping Corp. The list of passengers has not been released to the public.

A recent retrofit, passenger cabin doors that led directly out to the ship’s deck were sealed shut and turned into windows made the Eastern Star more dangerous and prone to capsizing.

Feeling in the dark: the difficult search for signs of life on the Eastern Star

Conditions on the Yangtze and the state of the ship set this disaster apart from others

The Eastern Star’s rapid and complete submersion in a muddy waterway has slowed search efforts, making the recovery operation more difficult than those of other major shipping disasters, experts say.

Just 14 survivors have been rescued since the vessel went down on Monday night with 456 people on board.

In the MV Sewol disaster in South Korea last year more than 170 of the 476 passengers and crew made it out alive.

And of the 4,200 people on board the Costa Concordia, wrecked off the coast of Italy in 2012, only 32 died.

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Immigrants in Crisis on Mediterranean Ships

In the last day, more than 4,200 immigrants attempting to find sanctuary in Europe have been rescued from Mediterranean ships. An estimated 4,243 people have been recovered from rubber dinghies by nations including Italy, Ireland, Germany, Belgium and Britain.

Hundreds rescued off the coast of Italy

More than 4,200 migrants rescued in Mediterranean as crisis grows

Dismantling of Costa Concordia

The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia arrived at its final destination and is ready for final dismantling, a job expected to take more than a year and cost $114 million.

The wreck was towed to Molo ex Superbacino, where it will be recycled by the Ship Recycling Consortium — a group formed by Saipem (51 percent) and San Giorgio del Porto (49 percent). Those two companies joined forces in September 2012 with the aim of providing green ship dismantling services.

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Migrant boat sinks off Libya, 700 Dead


28 people were rescued and 24 bodies recovered around 70 miles from the coast of Libya after a fishing boat capsized overnight. As many as 700 migrants escaping poverty and war in sub-Saharan Africa may have died when the boat capsized. 17 navy, coast guard, and merchant ships and a Maltese patrol boat, and air support are involved in the search-and-rescue operation, which are being coordinated in Rome.

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Costa Concordia Smuggled Mob Drugs

Investigators say that the ill-fated Costa Concordia cruise ship was carrying a massive shipment of cocaine for one of Italy’s most famous mafia syndicates. According to the criminal investigation published in La Repubblica, members of ‘Ndrangheta were taped saying that the “same ship that made us a laughing stock around the world took the piss out of us, too.”

read more: Cops: Costa Concordia Smuggled Mob Drugs

Concordia Lighthouse Competition

North of the Giglio Porto village, the site where the Costa Concordia ran up on the rocks, the Concordia Lighthouse Competition is inviting teams of architects, students, engineers, and designers to “redefine a contemporary lighthouse typology.”

Criteria include “aesthetics and originality”, “clarity and comprehensibility”, “sustainability”, and “translation of the metaphorical power of the lighthouse archetype into the architectural design.”

Registration closes on May 17, and submissions are due on May 24. The winner receives 3000 EUR.

http://matterbetter.com/competitions/show/5

Gunmen kill at least 20 at museum in Tunisian capital

Gunmen opened fire Wednesday at a major museum in Tunisia’s capital, killing at least 20 people, mostly foreigners, in one of the worst terrorist attacks in this struggling North African democracy that depends heavily on tourism. Ship owner Costa Crociere confirmed that some of its 3,161 passengers were visiting the capital and that a Bardo tour was on the itinerary, but said it couldn’t confirm how many passengers were in the museum at the time.

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