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LOOK: Cruise ship linked to coronavirus deaths anchored in Manila Bay

May 09, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The operator of the Ruby Princess, which has 241 Filipino crew members, is under criminal investigation in Australia

VIEW FROM LAND. Cruise ships in Manila Bay seen from Sitio Bagong Pook, Barangay San Antonio in Cavite City on May 9, 2020. Photo by Dennis Abrina/Rappler

Carnival to resume limited cruise operations on August 1

May 05, 2020 - 10:50 AM

Carnival Cruise Line says 8 ships will resume cruises from Florida and Texas starting August 1, taking into account 'enhanced operational protocols' in light of the coronavirus pandemic

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 7, 2020 A Carnival Panorama cruise ship is seen docked in Long Beach, California on, as passengers await onboard for the results of a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) test given to an ill passenger. - Carnival Cruise Line announced on May 4, 2020 that it will resume limited operations from Florida and Texas on August 1 after halting cruises because of the coronavirus pandemic which left some passengers trapped on its ships for weeks. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP)

Singapore launches first drone delivery service

Apr 29, 2020 - 5:50 PM

The use of drones is part of Singapore's drive to embrace technological innovation, as well as an effort to tackle a manpower shortage in a country of just 5.7 million

DRONE DELIVERIES. A Singaporean drone startup delivers its first package to a ship owned by Eastern Pacific Shipping. Screen shot from YouTube video.

PH allows Filipino-manned foreign cruise ships to dock in Manila

Apr 16, 2020 - 11:11 AM

The crew members will undergo mandatory quarantine in their vessels before they are allowed to disembark and head home

CRUISE SHIPS. The Costa Favolosa (right) and MSC Divina (left) are seen off the coast of Miami, Florida, on March 26, 2020. Reports said Costa ships Favolosa and the Magica are anchored off the coast of Miami with approximately 30 people experiencing flu-like symptoms. Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images/AFP

444 Filipinos in Grand Princess cruise ship to come home

Mar 15, 2020 - 1:46 PM

(UPDATED) 438 crew members and 6 passengers will be repatriated from the ship currently quarantined in Oakland, California in the US due to the coronavirus

COMING HOME. 444 Filipinos in the quarantined cruise ship Grand Princess in Oakland, California, will be repatriated to the Philippines. Screenshot from DFA video

India denies entry to cruise ships on virus fears

Mar 09, 2020 - 6:47 PM

India, the world's second most populous country after China, has reported 40 coronavirus cases, prompting the government to issue daily health warnings

GRAND PRINCESS. A passenger walks along the Grand Princess cruise ship, operated by Princess Cruises, as it maintains a holding pattern about 25 miles off the coast of San Francisco, California on March 8, 2020. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Malaysia, Thailand bar cruise ship over coronavirus fears

Mar 08, 2020 - 2:08 PM

The Costa Fortuna is carrying dozens of Italians. Its operator says there are 'no suspected virus cases aboard.'

CRUISE SHIP. In this file photo, Costa Fortuna, the largest cruise ship ever built in Italy, is moored at Genoa's harbor on November 22, 2003. Photo by ANSA/Pool/AFP

U.S. tests stranded cruise ship passengers for coronavirus

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The California National Guard says it has flown test kits to the Grand Princess and the findings are expected to be announced Friday

STRANDED. This handout photo taken and released by Carolyn Wright shows the Grand Princess cruise ship during a cruise to Hawaii in February 2020.  Handout/Carolyn Wright/AFP

California coronavirus crisis as cruise ship held

Mar 05, 2020 - 2:40 PM

Thousands traveling aboard the Grand Princess – the same cruise ship on which California's first victim was thought to have contracted the virus – are held offshore

VIRUS-HIT. In this file photo One of the biggest world cruise liners in the world, P&O's 'Grand Princess' stays on dock in St Petersburg port, 24 May 2004. Photo by stinger/Interpress/AFP

Virus hits shipping, spreading global economic strain

Feb 23, 2020 - 5:05 PM

As the novel coronavirus spreads, figures provided by cargo ship traffic paint a gloomy picture

A cargo ship loaded with containers makes its way at a port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province on January 14, 2020. - China's trade surplus with the United States narrowed last year as the world's two biggest economies exchanged punitive tariffs in a bruising trade war, official data showed on January 14, on the eve of a deal to ease tensions. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Floating Petri dishes? Coronavirus puts cruise industry in the dock

Feb 23, 2020 - 3:22 PM

Cruise-goers have fallen sick en masse in the past, their predicament on the high seas coming into sharp focus because the holidays can cost thousands of dollars and are often marketed as trips of a lifetime

QUARANTINED. A worker is seen against the Diamond Princess cruise ship in quarantine due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on February 19, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

'Ghost ship' washes ashore in Ireland after Storm Dennis

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:29 PM

The abandoned 250-feet cargo ship MV Alta runs aground on rocks outside the village of Ballycotton near Cork, Ireland's second city, bringing an end to her months-long voyage

A handout still image take from footage released by the Irish Coast Guard on February 17, 2020 and recorded on February 16, 2020 shows the abandoned MV Alta cargo ship on the rocks off the coast of Ballycotton near Cork in Ireland. A "ghost ship" drifting without a crew for more than a year washed ashore on Ireland's south coast in high seas caused by Storm Dennis, the Republic's coast guard said on February 17. The abandoned 77-metre (250-feet) cargo ship the MV Alta ran aground on rocks outside the village of Ballycotton near Cork, Ireland's second city, bringing an end to her months-long voyage. The Alta's odyssey began in September 2018 when she became disabled in the mid-Atlantic en route from Greece to Haiti.  IRISH COAST GUARD / AFP

U.S. cruise ship blocked over virus fears to dock in Cambodia

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:53 PM

The Westerdam was supposed to be taking its 1,455 passengers on a dream 14-day cruise around east Asia, beginning in Hong Kong on February 1 and disembarking on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan

The Westerdam cruise ship is seen past Cambodian policemen as it approaches port in Sihanoukville, Cambodia's southern coast on February 13, 2020, where the liner had received permission to dock after been refused entry at other Asian ports due to fears of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Japan, Guam, the Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand all refused to allow the ship to dock, despite operator Holland America insisting there were no cases of the deadly disease -- which has killed over 1,100 -- on board. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AF

39 more onboard Japan cruise ship have new coronavirus – minister

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:15 AM

'We have confirmed that 4 people, among those who are hospitalized, are in a serious condition, either on a ventilator or in an intensive care unit,' the minister says

STUCK. A passenger aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship waves to the media upon arriving at Yokohama port on February 6, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Thousands quarantined on Asian cruise ships in virus fight

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:17 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says another huge cruise ship, the Westerdam, is heading to the country with one confirmed infected passenger aboard

DIAMOND PRINCESS. Passengers onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship look out from their balconies as the ship docks at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 6, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

10 more on cruise ship off Japan have new coronavirus – local media

Feb 06, 2020 - 8:30 AM

This raises the number of infections detected on the boat to 20

TRAPPED. A member of the media (in foreground) looks out toward the Diamond Princess cruise ship (in background) with over 3,000 people as it sits anchored in quarantine off the port of Yokohama on February 4, 2020, a day after it arrived with passengers feeling ill. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

2 ships from China arrive in Manila, get coronavirus clearance

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Quarantine concludes the ships' passengers and crew are free of the novel coronavirus, shortly after the vessels docked at the Port of Manila

CRUISE SHIP. The World Dream Cruise Ship arrived in Manila from Hong Kong on January 28, 2020. The Bureau of Quarantine declared its passengers free of the novel coronavirus. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

U.S. penalizes shipping firms said to help N.Korea circumvent U.N. sanctions

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:55 PM

The US Treasury says the companies are helping North Korea with 'illicit ship-to-ship transfers to circumvent United Nations sanctions that restrict the import of petroleum products'

PENALTIES. The US Treasury Department building is seen in Washington, DC, on July 22, 2019. File photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

At least 4 dead as RO-RO bound for Dapitan from Cebu catches fire

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(4th UPDATE) The MV Lite Ferry 16 catches fire before reaching the Port of Dapitan

FATALITIES. The bodies of MV Lite Ferry 16 fatalities Danilo Gomez and Chloe Labisig. (Contributed)

PH to buy 2 navy corvettes from South Korea, may receive 2 more

Aug 24, 2019 - 1:04 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the South Korean government plans to donate two of its navy’s old corvettes as the Philippines buys two brand new ones from Hyundai Heavy Industries

NAVY CORVETTE. The BRP Conrado Yap, a Pohang-class corvette donated by South Korea, is welcomed in Manila on August 20, 2019. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Chinese survey ship's brief passage 'OK' – Lorenzana

Aug 23, 2019 - 9:50 PM

(UPDATED) Security officials are studying how to enforce President Rodrigo Duterte's order that foreign vessels must get permission before entering Philippine waters

Vice Admiral Robert A. Empedrad of the Philippine Navy (left) and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (right) at the Senate on January 16, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

After Chinese vessel sightings, Carpio urges passage of bill defining sea lanes

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:29 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the measure would aid in the tracking of foreign ships passing through Philippine waters as it can require ships to turn on trackers

SEA LANES. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says a bill designating sea lanes where foreign ships could pass is needed. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LIST: China's incursions in Philippine waters

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:06 AM

As the Duterte administration claims friendlier ties with China, Philippine officials report several sightings of Chinese vessels criss-crossing Philippine waters without due notice

PH welcomes 'most powerful' warship BRP Conrado Yap

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:46 PM

The corvette donated by South Korea significantly boosts the Philippines' anti-surface, anti-air, and anti-submarine warfare capabilities

MOST POWERFUL. Spectators raise their flags during the arrivalof BRP Conrado Yap (PS 39) at Pier 13 on Tuesday. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Another Chinese survey vessel found operating in PH waters

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Map images show Chinese survey ship 'Dong Fang Hong 3' operating in Philippine waters a day after Chinese ship 'Zhanjian' was seen operating off the country's east coast

VESSEL'S PATH. Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Dong Fang 3' operating inside the Philippines exclusive economic zone. Photo from Ryan Martinson

China survey vessel in PH waters? Not until AFP says so – Locsin

Aug 07, 2019 - 1:06 PM

'That's not happening until I hear from the Armed Forces,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr of the reported presence of a Chinese vessel in the country's exclusive economic zone

MILITARY INFO ONLY. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr said he would only rely on military information regarding a Chinese survey vessel supposedly operating in Philippine waters. Photo by Angie de Silva

LOOK: Chinese survey ship found operating in PH waters

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:14 AM

Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Zhanjian' operating 80 nautical miles off the east coast of the Philippines

VESSEL'S PATH. Map images show Chinese oceanographic survey ship 'Zhanjian' operating inside the Philippines exclusive economic zone. Photo from Ryan Martinson

British navy to escort UK-flagged ships in Gulf strait

Jul 25, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Britain currently has the HMS Montrose warship in the Gulf and a handful of smaller naval vessels. The Montrose had tried to rush in to rescue the Stena Impero but arrived too late to the scene.

HMS MONTROSE. A picture taken on February 3, 2014, shows the British warship HMS Montrose docked in the Cypriot port of Limassol on February 3, 2014. File photo by AFP

Russia says North Korea holding ship with 17 crew

Jul 24, 2019 - 8:44 PM

According to the North Korean foreign ministry, the ship was detained for 'violating rules of entry and stay'

163 Filipino crew of stricken cruise ship in Norway 'all safe'

Mar 24, 2019 - 9:20 PM

(3rd UPDATE) A Philippine embassy official was told that 'passengers have praised the efficiency and helpfulness of the ship's Filipino crew in the evacuation,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

The cruise ship Viking Sky is pictured on March 23, 2019 near the west coast of Norway at Hustadvika near Romsdal. - Emergency services said on March 23, 2019 they were airlifting 1,300 passengers off a cruise ship off the Norwegian coast. The Viking Sky cruise ship sent an SOS message due to "engine problems in bad weather", southern Norway's rescue centre said on Twitter, while police reported the passengers would be evacuated by helicopter. (Photo by Odd Roar LANGE / NTB Scanpix / AFP) / Norway OUT

Stricken Norwegian cruise ship reaches port after airlift drama

Mar 24, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The ship, which carried 1,373 passengers and crew, arrives at the port of Molde in Norway a day after getting stranded due to engine trouble

This image grab from a handout video made available to AFTV on March 24, 2019 by a passenger onboard the cruise ship Viking Sky shows felow passengers gathering in a room with life jackets after the cruise ship ran into trouble in rough seas off the Norwegian coast. - Emergency services said on March 23, 2019 they were airlifting 1,300 passengers off a cruise ship off the Norwegian coast. The Viking Sky cruise ship sent an SOS message due to "engine problems in bad weather", southern Norway's rescue centre said on Twitter, while police reported the passengers would be evacuated by helicopter. (Photo by HO / Alexis Sheppard Twitter account / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT « AFP PHOTO / ALEXIS SHEPPARD » - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS [- NO ARCHIVE ]

FALSE: A photo of a Chinese ship attacking Philippine boats

Mar 23, 2019 - 9:42 PM

This is not a photo of a Chinese ship attacking Philippine vessels

WATCH: USS Blue Ridge visits the Philippines

Mar 13, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The USS Blue Ridge is the US Navy's most advanced command ship. Watch why the visit matters.

MANILA VISIT. A United States Navy ship stops off the coast of Manila Bay on Wednesday, March 13. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LOOK: U.S. Navy's most advanced commanding ship docks in Manila

Mar 13, 2019 - 3:38 PM

The USS Blue Ridge is manned by over 1,000 sailors, of whom around 150 are Filipino Americans excited to drop by their home on the other side of the world

MANILA VISIT. USS Blue Ridge stops by off the coast of Manila on Wednesday, March 13. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Pleading for the oceans, pitching for the future

Mar 12, 2019 - 11:36 AM

'Plastic pollution is an issue that urgently needs policy and power to ultimately change its path of destruction,' Antoinette Taus says

DTI seeks Dutch shipbuilding firm investment

Mar 08, 2019 - 1:59 PM

While the Damen group has partnerships with local firms, it is currently not a player in the Philippines' shipbuilding industry

Philippines-SKorea-Hanjin-shipping, by Mynardo Macaraig Workers labour at the mammoth shipyard of Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction-Philippines, the local arm of South Korea's Hanjin group in Subic Bay northwest of Manila on March 13, 2009. The shipyard has been criticised for its poor working conditions which have led to 19 fatalities in just three years. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO (Photo by JAY DIRECTO / AFP)

Marina offers perks to shipping firms that will use 19 new RO-RO routes

Feb 05, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The new routes connect 19 provinces

 NAUTICAL HIGHWAY. Marina urges shipping companies to propose new links to RO-RO-capable ports. Photo from Marina FB

1 dead, 10 missing after cargo ship sinks off China

Jan 02, 2019 - 11:27 PM

Four people have been rescued so far out of the 15 people on board the sunken freighter

U.S., Ukraine navy heads meet after Russia ship seizure

Dec 14, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Ukraine's foreign minister calls for a speedy international response to Russia's 'aggression' after it seized the 3 Ukrainian navy ships and 24 sailors

Putin defends 'lawful' seizure of Ukrainian ships

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded, and captured the 3 Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea

PUTIN. Russia's President Vladimir Putin is pictured at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. File photo by Kay Nietfeld/AFP

Russia confirms seizing 3 Ukrainian naval ships off Crimea

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:00 AM

Ukraine's navy says the incident took place as two small warships and a tugboat were heading through the strait for the port of Mariupol

INCIDENT IN THE BLACK SEA. This handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service on November 25, 2018 shows Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin delivering a statement in Kiev. Handout photo by Ukrainian Presidential Press Service

Thai authorities retrieve ship after fatal Phuket capsizing

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:03 PM

More than 4 months after the tragic incident, Thai authorities were able to retrieve the Phoenix using a 1,000-ton crane ship hired from Singapore

RECOVERING THE DEAD. Thai rescue personnel transfer a body (C) at the Chalong pier in Phuket on July 6, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

World's oldest intact shipwreck found in Black Sea

Oct 23, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project finds a virtually intact ancient Greek trading ship dating back more than 2,400 years at the bottom of the Black Sea, the world's oldest known shipwreck

FOUND. An undated handout picture released by Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions in London on October 23, 2018, shows the remains of an ancient Greek trading ship laying on the sea bed at the bottom of the Black Sea near Bulgaira. Handout/Black Sea MAP/EEF Expeditions/AFP

21 Filipino seafarers stranded in India to come home to Manila

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:12 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says manning agency EVIC Human Resource Management Inc has booked the tickets of the seafarers who were abandoned by their employers for more than 3 months

Seoul requests Interpol warrant over 'treasure ship' claims

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Authorities have asked Interpol to issue a so-called red notice for the founder of the Singaporean Shinil Group. A red notice is a request to locate and provisionally arrest a person with a view to extradition.

Choi Yong-seok (2nd L), CEO of Shinil Group, looks at a video footage taken by a submersible of the wreck, with the word "Donskoi" visible on the hull, during a press conference on a Russian "treasure" ship in Seoul on July 26, 2018. Shinil Group announced last week it had found an Imperial Russian naval cruiser the Dmitri Donskoi, which sank over a century ago in the Sea of Japan (East Sea), saying it was believed to contain gold bullion and coins worth 130 billion USD. / AFP PHOTO / Jung Yeon-je

IN PHOTOS: 6 Chinese ships guarding Panatag Shoal

Aug 01, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Only one Philippine fishing vessel is spotted miles away from Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal)

FLYING OVER. Photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Italy defiant as migrant ship stranded in Mediterranean

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Malta – which is also refusing to take in the boat in a new diplomatic standoff with Italy – nevertheless says it had sent in humanitarian supplies

MIGRANTS. This handout picture obtained on June 22, 2018 from the German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' shows migrants on an inflatable boat boarding the Lifeline sea rescue boat at sea on June 21, 2018. Photo by Hermine Poschmann/Mission Lifeline/AFP

Majority of French reject safe harbor for Aquarius – poll

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The survey shows 56 percent of respondents said they backed the government, while 42 percent said it should have offered to let the ship dock

Aquarius migrants finally land in Spain after week-long odyssey

Jun 17, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) Among the passengers are 450 men and 80 women – at least 7 of them pregnant – as well as 89 adolescents and 11 children under the age of 13, figures released by the Valencian authorities show

AQUARIUS. In this file photo taken on May 14, 2018 migrants look at the coastline as they stand aboard the French rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily. Photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Spain says France to take in Aquarius ship migrants

Jun 16, 2018 - 10:57 PM

Italy's new populist government and Malta has refused to let Aquarius dock in their ports, accusing each other of failing to meet their humanitarian and EU commitments

MIGRANTS AT SEA. This handout picture obtained on June 15, 2018 from French non-governmental organization Medecins Sans Frontieres - Doctors Without Borders (MSF) shows migrants onboard the MV Aquarius at sea on June 14, 2018. Photo by MSF/AFP