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With ship now freed, a probe into Suez Canal blockage begins

With ship now freed, a probe into Suez Canal blockage begins

World
SUEZ, Egypt -- Experts boarded the massive container ship Tuesday that had blocked Egypt's vital Suez Canal and disrupted global trade for nearly a week, seeking answers to a single question that could have billions of dollars in legal repercussions: What went wrong?As convoys of ships again began traveling through the artery linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas, a canal service provider said more than 300 vessels carrying everything from crude oil to cattle were waiting for their turn, a process that will take days. Egyptian government officials, insurers, shippers and others similarly waited for more details about what caused the skyscraper-sized Ever Given to become wedged across the canal on March 23.When blame gets assigned, it will likely lead to years of litigation to recoup the c...
Suez Canal reopens after giant stranded ship is freed

Suez Canal reopens after giant stranded ship is freed

World
Traffic has resumed in Egypt's Suez Canal after a stranded container ship blocking it for nearly a week was finally freed by salvage crews.Tug boats honked their horns in celebration as the 400m-long (1,300ft) Ever Given was dislodged on Monday with the help of dredgers.Hundreds of ships are waiting to pass through the canal which links the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.It is one of the world's busiest trade routes.The cost of the Suez Canal blockageHow do you refloat a giant cargo ship?In pictures: Efforts to shift huge ship from canalPeter Berdowski, CEO of Dutch salvage company Boskalis, said the Ever Given had been refloated at 15:05 (13:05 GMT) on Monday, "thereby making free passage through the Suez Canal possible again".Egyptian officials say the backlog of ships waiting to transit t...
Keel is laid for future littoral combat ship USS Santa Barbara

Keel is laid for future littoral combat ship USS Santa Barbara

Business
Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The keel of the future Independence-class littoral combat ship USS Santa Barbara was ceremonially laid at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala., this week. Work on the ship, currently designated as LCS 32, formally began with ship sponsor Lolita Zinke applying her initials to the keel with an arc welder on Tuesday. Advertisement Attendance at the brief ceremony, called an authentication, was limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Through this new warship and the name she bears, we honor a city that represents the very best of the American spirit," said Capt. Mike Taylor, Navy LCS program manager. "We set forth the Santa Barbara armed with the most adaptive and effective capabilities, designed to defend the United States," Taylor said. LCS ships are designed for maneuver...
Extreme E invites scientist bids for ship research

Extreme E invites scientist bids for ship research

Science
Extreme E, the new off-road, motor racing series set to launch next year are inviting applications from scientists to conduct ocean based research aboard their ship, the St Helena as it sails the cars and teams around the globe. Motorsport has long been a driver of science and innovation in areas such as aerodynamics, engines and car design, but rarely environmental research. In fact, the two might be considered to be at odds. But for Extreme-E, launched by the same team behind Formula E, the environment considerations have been central since inception. Electric SUVs will compete off-road in five races across a nine-month calendar, which has been specially designed to negate much of the need for air freight of the cars and teams - instead organisers are currently reconditioning the former...
German ship completes historic Arctic expedition

German ship completes historic Arctic expedition

Science
The German Research Vessel Polarstern has sailed back into its home port after completing a remarkable expedition to the Arctic Ocean.The ship spent a year in the polar north, much of it with its engines turned off so it could simply drift in the sea-ice.The point was to study the Arctic climate and how it is changing.And expedition leader, Prof Markus Rex, returned with a warning. "The sea-ice is dying," he said."The region is at risk. We were able to witness how the ice disappears and in areas where there should have been ice that was many metres thick, and even at the North Pole - that ice was gone," the Alfred Wegener Institute scientist told a media conference in Bremerhaven on Monday. ...