On Mar 3, 2015, Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen stated that he has found the "Musashi", a former Imperial Japanese Navy’s battleship, which was sunk in the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines in October 1944 during World War II, and posted photos from the seabed. The "Musashi" and her sister ship "Yamato" were the world’s biggest battleship during the war. Musashi was sunk when she was heading toward the Leyte Island of the Philippines. Of the 2,399 crew aboard, more than 1,000 died. The American billionaire Allen, who has also pursued space exploration, said the "Octopus" found the wreck one kilometre deep on the floor of the Sibuyan Sea. The "Octopus"’ remote operated probe Octo ROV located the wreck on Mar 2. The "Octopus" is also outfitted with an exploration submarine.
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The bodies of three crew members who went missing after the explosion on the "Cidade de São Mateus" have been found, the vessel operator BW Offshore announced on Mar 3. The death toll from the explosion on Feb 11 has now risen to nine. Two workers still remained hospitalized, but were in stable condition. One Indian national was among the nine victims of the blast, with the majority the workers being Brazilians. The search operation that has been underway for the past three weeks has come to a close with the recovery of the last of missing men. The focus continued on getting to the cause of the incident. The local union Sindipetro-ES initially reported that the explosion was due to a gas leak in the pump room.
Tne tug "Tiger" sank in the enight from Feb 20 to 21, 2015, in Sölvesborg and caused an oil spill. The spread of oil could be contained with a boom of 300 meters length and oil absorbants. The JRCC was alerted on Feb 21 at 6 a.m. after only the mast of the tug was sticking out of the water which was five meters deep. The Rescue Sölvesborg dispatched the "Edna Bengtsson" and the "Lovisa Åstrand" of the station in Hörvik. The Swedish Coast Guard has assisted with supplies and the environmental rescue vessel "KBV 048" which started to soak up the oil inside the boom. Divers were sent down to plug the vents. In the morning of Feb 22 three mobile cranes lifted the wreck.
The Coast Guard launched a preliminary investigation on crimes against water pollution law, was monitoring the salvage and continuing to investigate the cause of the spill.
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US West Coast ports begin tackling backlog after labor deal
US West Coast ports resumed full operations from Saturday evening, February 21, after a tentative labor deal was reached between a dockworkers union and a group of shippers, easing months of disruptions to trans-Pacific trade that have hit businesses from automakers to meat exports. The agreement involving 29 ports was announced late on Friday, February 20, in a joint statement by the two sides. It was reached 3 days after US Labor Secretary Thomas Perez arrived in San Francisco to broker a deal with the help of a federal mediator who had joined the talks 6 weeks earlier. The White House called the deal, reached after 9 months of negotiations, "a huge relief" for the economy, businesses and workers. US President Barack Obama urged the dockworkers and the shipping companies to work together to clear the port backlogs. The 20,000 dockworkers covered by the tentative five-year labor accord have been without a contract since July. Tensions arising from the talks have played out since last fall in chronic cargo backups that increasingly slowed freight traffic at the ports. www.rappler.com/w...