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Fire-damaged Canadian navy supply ship HMCS Protecteur reaches Pearl Harbor

ESQUIMALT, B.C. - A gruelling week has coming to an end for the crew of the Canadian navy supply ship HMCS Protecteur. The vessel arrived in Pearl Harbor Thursday morning, ending a laboured voyage back to Hawaii that began after a blaze seriously damaged the ship's engine room almost exactly seven days earlier. At the time, Protecteur was nearly 700 kilometres northeast of Hawaii, heading toward its home port of Esquimalt, B.C., with nearly 300 crew members, 17 family members and several civilian contractors aboard.

U.S. Navy destroyer heads to Black Sea for pre-planned exercises

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The USS Truxtun, a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer, is heading to the Black Sea for what the U.S. military on Thursday described as a "routine" deployment that was scheduled well before the crisis in Ukraine. The announcement came a day after the Pentagon unveiled plans to put more U.S. fighter jets on a NATO air patrol mission in the Baltics, moving to reassure allies alarmed by Russia's effective seizure of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea.

Carnival, passengers battle over damages in first trial from disabled Triumph cruise ship

MIAMI - About three dozen passengers who sailed on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph cruise ship that drifted at sea for days are hoping to collect thousands of dollars apiece as a result of lingering medical and mental problems they say were caused by their nightmarish experience.

Australia rescues 13 shipwrecked Iranians off Pakistan

An Australian warship has rescued 13 Iranians shipwrecked off Pakistan on its way to the Middle East to join an international force conducting counter-terrorist and anti-piracy operations, officials said Wednesday. HMAS Darwin came across the men, some elderly, on Saturday in calm seas after their boat was reportedly struck by an unknown vessel and sank. They claimed to have been adrift for five days in international waters.

Australia rescues 13 shipwrecked Iranians off Pakistan

An Australian warship has rescued 13 Iranians shipwrecked off Pakistan on its way to the Middle East to join an international force conducting counter-terrorist and anti-piracy operations, officials said Wednesday. HMAS Darwin came across the men on Saturday, clinging to wreckage after their boat was struck by an unknown vessel and sank. They claimed to have been adrift for five days in international waters.

Family members, contractors from HMCS Protecteur arrive in Pearl Harbor

ESQUIMALT, B.C. - Family members and civilian contractors who were on board a Canadian Navy supply ship when it caught fire in the Pacific Ocean have landed safely in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Department of National Defence said Tuesday the group had arrived aboard the USS Michael Murphy, one of several U.S. Navy ships that went to aid the HMCS Protecteur. A fire in the engine room five days ago injured several navy personnel and left the Canadian vessel adrift in the open ocean. Twenty navy personnel suffered minor injuries.

Fire-damaged HMCS Protecteur endures broken tow line as it limps to Hawaii

VICTORIA - Canadian navy ship HMCS Protecteur was about 400 kilometres northeast of Pearl Harbor on Monday afternoon after towing operations resumed for the aging vessel, which was damaged in a fire. The navy said in a news release that weather conditions had improved in the Pacific Ocean since Sunday, when a tow line broke, and that damaged vessel was now being towed toward Hawaii at a speed of about nine kilometres per hour. Protecteur endured an engine-room fire last Thursday that caused minor injuries to 20 sailors who were attempting to douse the flames.

Fisherman rescued in Pacific after tuna boat fire

An Indonesian fisherman was rescued Monday floating in the Pacific, 24 hours after his tuna fishing boat was seen engulfed by fire. The man, identifying himself as Simon, was rescued by another fishing boat helping in the search for the Japanese-registered No. 8 Kaisei-maru, which was found in flames on Sunday, about 410 kilometres (254 miles) south of Kochi prefecture in western Japan, the coastguard said. Two Japanese and five Indonesian men were on board the vessel when it stopped responding to radio communications early that day, according to the coastguard.

Sea Shepherd claims Japan whalers attacked its vessels

Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd claimed Monday that Japanese whalers attacked its vessels in the Southern Ocean, and accused the Australian government of "broken promises" to monitor whaling operations. Sea Shepherd said Japanese harpoon ships, the Yushin Maru and Yushin Maru 3, towed steel cables across the bow of its vessel the Bob Barker 11 times on Sunday in a bid to jam its propeller and rudder. It said that when the Bob Barker launched two small boats to defend the ship and cut the steel cables, a bamboo spear was thrown at crew members.

Japan coastguard searches for burning tuna boat

Japan's coastguard on Monday conducted the second day of a search for seven Japanese and Indonesian crew missing after a tuna fishing boat caught fire in the Pacific at the weekend. The Japanese-registered No. 8 Kaisei-maru, with two Japanese and five Indonesian men on board, was destroyed in the fire on Sunday some 410 kilometres (254 miles) south of Kochi prefecture in western Japan, the coastguard said in a statement. Two patrol ships and one airplane were scouring the area, but "we have not found any clue to the fate of the crew," an official said
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