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A Win for Florida: Appeals Court Lifts CDC Cruise Ship Restrictions

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A federal appeals court late on Friday reversed course and let stand a lower court order prohibiting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from enforcing coronavirus-related cruise ship rules in Florida.The decision is a win for Florida that had filed a lawsuit arguing the CDC curbs

Ten Men Get 12 Years in Prison for Chinese Ship Hijacking

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A court in Lagos sentenced 10 men to 12 years in prison on Friday for kidnapping the crew of a Chinese-flagged merchant vessel last year, the navy said, a verdict that officials hope will help tackle piracy in the waters off Nigeria's coast.Federal high court Justice Ayokunle Faji, who also fined each man 250,

U.S. Appeals Court Blocks Ruling that Would Have Suspended CDC Cruise Ship Rules

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A U.S. appeals court late Saturday in a 2-1 ruling put on hold a lower-court decision that said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could not enforce its coronavirus cruise ship rules in Florida.Last month, U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday in siding with Republican-led Florida

Three Charged with Manslaughter over Deadly 2018 Missouri 'Duck Boat' Incident

The Coast Guard oversees the removal of Stretch Duck 7 from Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, July 23, 2018. Missouri State Highway Patrol divers rigged the vessel, then a barge crane lifted it to the surface before it was towed to shore and loaded onto a flatbed trailer for transport to a secure facility. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff

Missouri prosecutors filed state charges on Friday against three employees involved in a 2018 boat accident on a lake in the tourist town of Branson in which 17 people were killed.Kenneth McKee, the boat's captain, and managers Curtis Lanham and Charles Baltzell each face 17 counts of first-degree

Mexico: New Fishing Regulation Endanger Near-extinct Porpoise Species

Vaquita species has been described as the world's rarest marine mammal - Credit: SEMARNAT/Flickr - Public Domain License

The Mexican government’s decision to loosen its policy of keeping a fishing-free zone around a protected area in the Gulf of California region was a “setback” to keeping alive a near-extinct porpoise species, a conservation group said on Thursday.There are thought to be only between

Biden, Merkel Fail to Settle Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Dispute

File photo: President Joe Biden meets for a brief pull-aside meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the G7 Summit at the Carbis Bay Hotel and Estate on Saturday, June 12, 2021, in St. Ives, Cornwall, England. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel failed on Thursday to settle their dispute over Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline but said they agreed that Moscow must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon to coerce its neighbors."Good friends can disagree," Biden

Italy Bans Cruise Liners from Venice

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Italy on Tuesday banned cruise liners from Venice lagoon to defend its ecosystem and heritage, moving to end years of hesitation and putting the demands of residents and culture bodies above those of the tourist industry.The government decided to act after the United Nations culture organization UNESCO

Shipping Industry Seeks to Combat Dark Oil Transfers at Sea

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Top oil shipping companies say they have tightened operational guidelines and deployed technology to prevent accidental breaches of sanctions, as the countries hit by ever tougher restrictions fight back with elaborate strategies to dodge them.Washington has ramped up shipping-related sanctions over

Ukraine to Remain Transit Country for Russian Gas Despite Nord Stream 2, Merkel Assures

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Ukraine can be confident that Germany and the European Union will guarantee its status as a transit country for Russian gas even after the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has opened, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.Merkel made the remarks during a news conference with Ukraine's President Volodymyr

US Maritime, Justice Agencies to Partner on Antitrust Issues


The United States Federal Maritime Commission and the Department of Justice Antitrust Division on Monday agreed to boost cooperation and communication in their respective oversight and enforcement responsibilities of the ocean liner shipping industry.FMC Chairman Daniel Maffei and Acting Assistant Attorney

Ever Given Will Undergo Dive Inspection in Port Said

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The owner of the Ever Given container ship said on Wednesday that the vessel would undergo a dive survey at Egypt's Port Said, at the northern end of the Suez Canal, before proceeding to the next port where its cargo would be discharged."We regret the impact that the voyage delay has had on

Ever Given Settlement Says Neither Side Should Make Further Demands

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A settlement between the Suez Canal and the owner and insurers of the Ever Given container ship stipulates that neither party would make further demands, the head of the canal authority said on Wednesday.Osama Rabie told reporters that the agreement included the payment of a lump sum, without giving further details.

Ever Given Begins Exit from Suez Canal

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The Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, resumed its journey to leave the Suez Canal on Wednesday, 106 days after becoming wedged across a southern section of the waterway for nearly a week and disrupting global trade.The Ever Given started to head north in the late morning across the Great Bitter Lake,

Ever Given's Suez Canal Detention Order Lifted

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An Egyptian court has lifted the detention order on the Ever Given container ship, allowing its expected release from the Suez Canal on Wednesday, a lawyer and judicial sources said.The Ever Given's owners and insurers announced on Sunday that they had reached a settlement with the Suez Canal Authority

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