Detected sounds did not come from missing submarine
Sounds detected by probes in the South Atlantic did not come from an ARA "San Juan" that has been lost for five days now. The "noise" was analysed and experts determined it was likely "biological." The sounds did not come from tools being banged against the hull of a submarine. The noise was heard by the two Argentine research ships about 360 kilometres from the Argentine coast and at a depth of about 200 metres. A US Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft was sent to help in the effort to isolate the source of the sounds.
More than a dozen international vessels and aircraft have joined the search, which has been hindered by stormy weather that has caused waves up to six metres.
In the first confirmation of a malfunction, an Argentine navy official said that the submarine reported a battery failure on Nov 15 and was returning to the base Mar del Plata when it went missing. Brief satellite calls over the weekend had originally been thought to indicate the crew was trying to re-establish contact, prompting emotional celebrations by family members and officials. Officials analysed the seven low-frequency satellite signals and determined they were not received from the submarine.
Although the boat carried enough food, oxygen and fuel for the crew to survive about 90 days on the sea's surface, it had only enough oxygen to last seven days submerged.
The Turkish Coast Guard rescued six crew members from the "Nefterodoz 29" after the vessel had issued an emergency call off the Black Sea coast on Nov 21, 2017. An AB-412 helicopter crew plucked them off the ship which was adrift amidst strong winds one mile off the coast of the Bartın province and took them to the Bartın port. The vessel was carrying iron and was bound from Rostov-on-Don to Bartın.
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In the evening of Nov 10, 2017, an explosion and ensuing fire occurred in the containers stacked at the Yantian Container Terminal in Shenzhen. One or more containers’ bottom was burned through, probably the container was loaded with lithium batteries. The containers which suffered the explosion were to be shipped soon.
Large cruise ships will soon be banished from the centre of Venice, Italy's transport minister announced on Nov 5, 2017.
The ships have long been a source of frustration to locals, who have protested against the pollution and potential damage to fragile historic buildings and the canal itself.
And cruise ships are also a key factor behind the rise of mass tourism to the lagoon city, which has meant that on a given day, there are more visitors than residents in the city. This has pushed up rents and seen traditional, artisan businesses replaced with shops selling fast food and cheap souvenirs.
Now, an Italian government committee has decided that ships weighing over 55,000 tonnes will have to moor in the industrial port of Marghera, northwest of the historic centre of Venice. This means they will no longer be able to access the Giudecca Canal, which passes next to St Mark's Square. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said the decision was "extremely positive" because it had managed to find a compromise between environmental and residents' concerns, and "the jobs created by the cruise industry, which we cannot afford to lose".
"We want it to be clear to UNESCO and to the world that we have a solution," Brugnaro added, referring to warnings from the cultural heritage organization that the city could be listed as 'threatened' if it failed to take measures restricting cruise ship access.
The new route will be open within four years' time, Italy's infrastructure and transport minister Graziano Delrio said, confirming the plan first announced in July this year. He said the changes would not interfere with commercial traffic.
In recent years, frustrated Venetians have staged frequent protests against the mass tourism which has pushed up rents and forced many families out of their hometown. Brugnaro has made tackling overcrowding a priority, and has introduced measures ranging from promotion of the lesser-explored corners of the city to the installation of people-counters at the most popular sights, as well as 'locals first' policies on water buses. And this summer, the mayor's office gave the go-ahead to a ban on new tourist accommodation in the historic centre.