At Least Seven Died After Passenger Boat Catches Fire off Philippine Coast

Fourth EstateThe vehicle ferry Mercraft 2 burns on May 23. | M/V Calucin RoRo Captain

At least seven people died when a fire broke out on a passenger boat off the coast of the Philippines on May 22 morning. The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) told radio station DZBB Super Radyo that five men and two …

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US to Combat Illegal Fishing in the Pacific

The United States will soon announce plans to improve maritime domain awareness to combat illegal fishing in the Pacific. Deputy Assistant to the President and Indo-Pacific Policy Coordinator Kurt Campbell said during a forum at Washington’s Center for Strategic and …

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UN Court Raps Colombia Over Violation of Nicaragua’s Sovereign Rights

Fourth EstateThe Peace Palace, seat of the International Court of Justice, the Hague, Netherlands. The Court is the principal judicial body of the United Nations. - Andrea Brizzi

The  principal judicial organ of the United Nations ruled Thursday that Colombia has violated Nicaragua’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction in the latter’s exclusive maritime zone. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) favored Nicaragua, nine to six votes, over the said …

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U.S. Navy Investigates After Three Sailors on USS George Washington Die Within a Week

Fourth EstateUSS George Washington (CVN-73) - U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro

The United States Navy is investigating the deaths of three sailors from the USS George Washington aircraft carrier after they were found dead in less than one week. A sailor, whose name has not yet been released, was found unresponsive …

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Ukraine Claims to Have Struck Russian Black Sea Flagship

Fourth EstateThe Russian cruiser Moskva in a 2012 file photo - Russia Ministry of Defense

Ukrainian armed forces have struck Russian Moskova warship in the Black Sea with missile strikes, Ukrainian government officials said on April 13. “Neptune missiles… caused very serious damage to the Russian ship,” Odessa Governor Maksym Marchenko said on Telegram. Anton …

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Russian Forces Sink Dominican Cargo Ship

Fourth EstateMY Azburg in a 2019 file photo

A Dominican cargo ship sunk while at berth in the port of Mariupol in Ukraine after Russian armed forces fired two missile attacks, the Commonwealth of Dominica Maritime Administration reported. The Russian armed forces heavily fired upon the cargo vessel …

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Turkish Navy Halts Bosphorus Traffic to Detonate Mine

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Turkey’s Navy stopped maritime traffic in the Bosphorus Strait to detonate a mine that had drifted into the strait from the Black Sea. The Russian military had warned Turkey that mines had  drifted from Ukrainian ports. In a televised statement, …

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At least 12 Migrants Dead and 70 Missing after Boat Capsizes Trying to Reach Italy

As many as 12 migrants trying to reach Italy from Tunisia have drowned after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean on Friday, just one day after the UN migration agency said that around 70 migrants have gone missing at sea …

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Evergiven Sister Ship Runs Aground in Chesapeake Bay

U.S, Coast Guard, and the Maryland Department of the Environment said they were still trying to re-float the Ever Forward and that no injuries, pollution, or damage to the vessel. Ever Forward reportedly ran itself aground in Maryland waters near …

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