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  • The shipping industry sinks as global trade slows

    08/31/2016 9:31:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Marketplace Business News ^ | August 31, 2016 | 11:12 AM | Ashley Milne-Tyte
    Today a big Korean shipping company called Hanjin declared bankruptcy. It may be far away, but that move is a testament to an industry in trouble. Volume is way down all over the world as trade remains sluggish. Add to that the fact that just as demand wanes, a whole load of new vessels come online, and there’s a problem. Shipping hit a crisis in 2008 as demand for goods plunged. It’s never fully returned. John Butler is CEO of the World Shipping Council. He said after the financial crisis, when oil prices were spiking, “There was an expectation that...
  • Five Iranian boats fire shots in the Persian Gulf

    )—Five Iranian boats fired shots across the bow of a Singapore flagged cargo vessel in the Persian Gulf on Thursday in an attempt to potentially stop the ship, a U.S. official told CNN. For the first time, the incident brought another Persian Gulf nation into the recent rising maritime tensions in the region. It is not yet clear if any of the rounds hit the Alpine Eternity. There were no U.S. citizens or cargo on board. The Pentagon is still gathering information about the incident.
  • West Coast port employers: Lockout could be just 5 days away

    02/04/2015 4:00:18 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 81 replies
    Sun Herald ^ | February 4, 2015 | By JUSTIN PRITCHARD
    LOS ANGELES — Employers could lock out West Coast dockworkers in as few as five days if the two sides do not reach a new contract. That warning came Wednesday from the head of a maritime association who is negotiating a new deal with a union representing longshoremen at 29 ports that handle about $1 trillion in trade annually. Pacific Maritime Association CEO James McKenna said he wanted to avoid a coast-wide port shutdown, but employers wouldn't keep paying workers who aren't moving cargo at their normal rate if the ports become much more gridlocked. He said that could come...
  • 'Vindskip' cargo ship uses its hull as a giant sail

    01/22/2015 8:33:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    cnn ^ | Peter Shadbolt,
    Called the "Vindskip," the Norwegian design uses the high sides of its container ships as sails, turning the whole vessel into a wind-assisted airfoil. Designed by Lade AS, the Oslo-based company says the hybrid merchant ship -- which would still have a liquefied natural gas-powered engine -- could achieve fuel savings of 60% and reduce emissions by 80%. It's the brainchild of Terje Lade, who used his skills as a speed sailor to develop his aerodynamic design. He says the futuristic container ship works more like an airplane than a conventional sailing ship. .... The ship would be able to...
  • Container Ship Adrift off British Columbia Coast

    10/17/2014 3:08:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 17, 2014
    A Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was drifting without power in rough seas off British Columbia's northern coast Friday, a scenario a nearby First Nation community described as its "worst fear." The Canadian Forces' joint rescue coordination center in Victoria said the Russian carrier Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia. Canadian Navy Lt. Paul Penderghast said the ship was drifting nine nautical miles from shore, though he said it was largely maintaining that position. "It...
  • Israeli cargo ship heads for L.A. to unload after Oakland protest

    09/30/2014 2:15:23 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/29/2014 | Dan Whitcomb
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Israeli-owned container ship that was blocked from unloading its cargo at the Port of Oakland by pro-Palestinian protesters over the weekend was headed to Los Angeles on Monday, according to a ship-tracking website. The Zim Shanghai left Oakland with its cargo still onboard on Sunday evening, according to the website It was expected to arrive in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Some 200 people angry over Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip in response to Hamas rocket salvoes staged a protest of the Zim Shanghai at the Port of Oakland on Saturday morning and again...
  • ‘We shot down MH17 thinking it was Ukrainian cargo plane’: Sensational admission by pro-Russian

    07/24/2014 7:30:46 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 101 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 24, 2014 | John Hall
    A pro-Russian separatist fighting in eastern Ukraine has admitted rebel forces shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, it has been claimed. The militant, who has not been identified, reportedly said fighters blasted the Boeing 777 out of the sky - killing all 298 people on board - after mistaking it for a Ukrainian government cargo plane. He said the rebels only realised their mistake when they began searching the crash site for the parachutes of military crew who may have bailed out the aircraft, only to find the bodies of children. The rebel - who worked locally as a miner...
  • ANOTHER MH370 SHOCKER! New mystery revealed in plane's CARGO LIST

    05/05/2014 7:12:47 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 30 replies
    Malaysia Times ^ | 5-4-14 | unattributed
    A new mystery has emerged in Flight MH370's disappearance with the Malaysia Airlines saying the lithium ion batteries carried in the plane weighed over 200 kg, even as the cargo manifest released recently listed the "consolidated" consignment at 2.453 tonnes. "About two tonnes, equivalent to 2,453 kg of cargo was declared as consolidated under one master airway bill. This master AWB actually comprised five house AWB. Of these five AWB, two contained lithium ion batteries amounting to a total tonnage volume of 221 kg. The balance three house AWB, amounting to 2,232 kg, were declared as radio accessories and chargers,"...
  • Dramatic Footage: Cargo Boeing 747 Crashes at Bagram Airfield:747 Just Loses Control:Bizarre

    04/20/2014 9:12:30 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | Apr 30, 2013 | RT
    A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field near the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, killing all seven people aboard. The plane came down shortly after take-off and crashed within the boundaries of the US-run airbase, a NATO spokesperson at the base said. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition dismissed the claim as "false" in a statement to AP. The cause of the crash is being investigated by emergency crews, but no sign of insurgent activity in the area was spotted at the time, the statement added.
  • Police hunt mystery woman who made final phone call to doomed jet captain

    03/23/2014 7:14:43 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 47 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | March 22, 2014 | Simon Parry
    Police hunt mystery woman who made final phone call to doomed jet captain as first picture emerges of his estranged wife and family...FULL TITLE Call was made to Captain Shah just hours before he took off in MH370 Pay-as-you-go phone which made the call was bought with fake ID Fake ID was used to get around security measures put in place after 9/11 Increases fears Captain Shah may have links to terrorism Investigators will soon question the captain's estranged wife in detail The captain of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 received a two-minute call shortly before take-off from a mystery...
  • New Air Force cargo planes fly straight into mothballs

    10/07/2013 12:18:03 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 58 replies ^ | 10/7/13 | daytondailynews
    There's nothing wrong with the C-27J, it's just that the Pentagon doesn't want it given budget constraints. The Pentagon is sending $50 million cargo planes straight from the assembly line to mothballs because it has no use for them, yet it still hasn’t stopped ordering the aircraft, according to a report. A dozen nearly new Italian-built C-27J Spartans have been shipped to an Air Force facility in Arizona dubbed “the boneyard,” and five more currently under construction are likely headed for the same fate, according to an investigation by the Dayton Daily News. The Air Force has spent $567 million...
  • “This is not a game”: Kerry rejects Assad’s timeline for WMD compliance at meeting with...

    09/12/2013 4:25:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9/12/2013
    But … it is a game. That’s the whole point. If the White House takes this disarmament charade seriously at the UN with demands that Assad turn over his arsenal expeditiously and verifiably, it’s going to put Obama right back in the war box the way Ryan Lizza described this morning. Russia’s proposal is attractive to him because it’s a charade, because it can be slow-walked and fudged at the UN while Congress and the American public gradually forget about Syria. To turn this from kabuki into a semi-serious process defeats the purpose.Granted, Kerry has no choice but to talk...
  • Russia sends warship with 'special cargo' to Syria

    09/06/2013 5:36:47 AM PDT · by maggief · 41 replies
    AFP ^ | September 6, 2013
    MOSCOW — A Russian warship carrying "special cargo" will be dispatched toward Syria, a navy source said on Friday, as the Kremlin beefs up its presence in the region ahead of possible US strikes against the Damascus regime. The large landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov will on Friday leave the Ukrainian port city of Sevastopol for the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, from where it will head to Syria's coast, the Interfax news agency quoted a source from the Saint Petersburg-based central naval command as saying. "The ship will make call in Novorossiisk, where it will take on board special...
  • BREAKING: FAA: UPS jet crashes in Birmingham, Ala.

    08/14/2013 4:26:40 AM PDT · by The Working Man · 227 replies
    CBS 12 News ^ | August 14, 2013 | Michele Wright
    <p>BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal aviation official says a large UPS cargo plane has crashed near an airport in Birmingham, Ala.</p> <p>Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen tells The Associated Press that the A300 plane crashed on approach to the airport before dawn Wednesday.</p>
  • Horrifying Video Of 747 Crash In Afghanistan

    05/01/2013 11:09:18 AM PDT · by lbryce · 86 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 30, 2013 | Adam Taylor and Pamela Engel
    Direct YouTube Link Shocking new footage has surfaced that appears to show a 747-400 cargo plane crashing at Afghanistan's Bagram Airfield. The crash reportedly left all seven Americans aboard the plane dead. The Taliban took responsibility for the crash shortly after it occurred yesterday, but NATO told the Associated Press that these claims were false. One army spokesperson said the crash occurred due to low altitude after takeoff. The plane, run by Florida-based National Airlines, a subsidiary of National Air Cargo, was reportedly carrying vehicles and other cargo and was bound for Dubai. We've embedded the footage below, which...
  • Video of Bagram Airfield Crash 29 April 2013

    04/30/2013 4:05:17 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 22 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/30/2013 | Youtube
    Video Linky Here Bagram airfield crash 29 apr 2013 A civilian cargo plane crash at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul in Afghanistan has killed seven people.
  • US cargo plane crash in Afghanistan kills 7

    04/30/2013 3:59:40 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | April 30, 2013
    KABUL, Afghanistan — A civilian cargo plane owned by an American company crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff on Monday, killing all seven people aboard, the US-led military coalition said.
  • History to be made with first commercial space flight to International Space Station tomorrow...

    05/18/2012 8:49:23 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail Online ^ | 18MAY2012 | Unspecified
    On Saturday at 4.55 a.m (EST) a Falcon 9 rocket will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida and hopefully become the first private commercial flight to rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS). Ferrying the Dragon capsule into space, the mission to the ISS will be to deliver 1,000 pounds of non-essential cargo after passing a series of test maneuvers over the course of three days.
  • German court bans night flights at Frankfurt

    10/11/2011 4:20:58 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 5 replies
    Air Transpor World ^ | October 12, 2011 | Kurt Hofmann
    A German court in Hessen ruled Tuesday that night flights will be banned at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) when the fourth runway opens Oct. 21 (ATW Daily News, Oct. 5). The ban, which runs from 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., will affect 17 movements of mainly cargo flights. Lufthansa Cargo, which operates 11 scheduled nighttime slots, is expecting considerable financial damage from the night ban as it must now reschedule or cancel several flights beginning with the winter schedule. Resident complaints of aircraft noise from nearby Russelsheim and Offenbach were the reason for the court ruling. During the summer season, FRA...
  • Passenger crawls into airliner's cargo hold through the bathroom and steals $238,000

    03/06/2011 6:07:23 PM PST · by rawhide · 22 replies ^ | 5th March 2011
    A airplane passenger stole $238,000 during a flight in the Caribbean by sneaking into the cargo hold that was loaded with cash through the bathroom. The unnamed man complained of feeling unwell at the start of the flight and spent most of it in the bathroom. He was, in fact, removing panels separating the toilet and the cargo hold, according to reports. A Brink's security employee had placed three sacks of cash containing a total $1.6million in the hold of the Air Antilles plane before it took off from the French island of Guadeloupe, Fox News reported. {snip}

    10/07/2010 11:00:10 AM PDT · by Cindy · 48 replies · 2+ views ^ | THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "According to police, three baggage handlers were loading luggage on to a flight bound for Bermuda around 10:56 a.m. when two of the handlers noticed a third was not wearing an identification badge. When questioned about it, the third man took off and has yet to be found by police." SNIPPET: "Investigating agencies include the Philadelphia Police, the F.B.I. and Homeland Security."
  • UPS cargo plane crashes in Dubai, killing two

    09/05/2010 1:04:51 AM PDT · by SvenMagnussen · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | Sept 3, 2010 | Staff
    A cargo plane has crashed at an air force base shortly after take-off from Dubai airport, killing two crew members on board, officials say. There were no injuries on the ground and commercial air traffic was not affected, they added. The plane was a Boeing 747 belonging to US company United Parcel Service (UPS).
  • Spider-infested ship turned back from Guam landing

    07/19/2010 11:45:00 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 7/19/10 | n/a
    HAGATNA, Guam – Authorities in the U.S. territory of Guam have turned away a ship after thousands of spiders overflowed from its cargo. The Guam Department of Agriculture said hundreds of large spiders and thousands of smaller ones were seen when stevedores began offloading insulation and beams for housing units from the ship, the M.V. Altavia...
  • C-17: Unwanted Cargo to US Budget

    07/02/2010 7:54:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Defense Professionals ^ | 7/2/2010 | Alex Bland
    As Congress begins consideration of the FY 2011 Defense Appropriations bill, the US Project On Government Oversight (POGO) hopes that they will support the Pentagon and President by passing such waste-reduction initiatives as an amendment to strip funding for unneeded C-17 cargo planes. The Pentagon has repeatedly stated that they have no use for new C-17 aircraft, and that their current fleet is substantial and sufficient. This claim is confirmed by the Pentagon's most recent completed analysis for air transport needs, the 2005 Mobility Capability Study, which stated that 180 C-17s are all that are necessary within an acceptable measure...
  • Protesters at Port of Oakland picket Israeli ship

    06/20/2010 8:27:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/20/10 | AP
    OAKLAND, Calif. – Hundreds of protesters condemning Israel's recent raid on an international flotilla bound for Gaza are picketing at the Port of Oakland, where an Israeli ship is due to arrive. The demonstrators gathered Sunday to prevent the incoming ship from being unloaded. The dock's day shift of longshoremen agreed to not cross the picket line. Meanwhile Sunday, Israel said it will immediately allow all goods into Gaza except weapons and items deemed to have a military use under its decision to ease its three-year-old blockade of the Palestinian territory. Israeli officials had decided last week to ease the...
  • U.S. Air Force delivers humanitarian cargo to flood-stricken Tajikistan

    05/17/2010 6:26:18 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 294+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Capt. Justin Brockhoff, USAF
    /17/2010 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) -- An Air Mobility Command C-17 Globemaster III aircrew delivered approximately 100,000 pounds of humanitarian supplies valued at $250,000 to Tajikistan May 16, following two weeks of flooding and mudslides in the nation. The flooding, caused by heavy annual rains, killed at least 24 people, destroyed homes, schools and flooded hundreds of roadways. The cargo delivered by U.S. forces includes tents and other supplies to provide temporary shelter for families displaced by the disaster. The C-17 and its crew are assigned to the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Southwest Asia. They flew...
  • Boeing To Bid on NASA Contract for Preparation of Cargo Headed to ISS

    01/25/2010 8:00:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 174+ views
    Space News ^ | 1/22/2010 | Amy Klamper
    Chicago-based Boeing Co., NASA’s prime contractor on the international space station (ISS), is looking to add payload processing of station-bound cargo to the work it does in support of the orbiting outpost. The company announced plans Jan. 18 to bid on a new NASA solicitation calling for physical preparation of cargo headed to the station aboard U.S. and foreign spacecraft beginning in January 2011, three months after the agency’s space shuttle fleet is due to retire. NASA currently is counting on two U.S. companies — Dulles, Va.-based Orbital Sciences Corp. and Hawthorne, Calif.-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) — to complete...
  • Gotta See This! Footage Of Seized N. Korean Cargo Headed for Iran (Japanese TV Filmed in Thailand)

    12/17/2009 3:52:27 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 36 replies · 2,149+ views
    NNN (Nihon Television) Network, Japan (Evening News) ^ | 17 December 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    Caveats:1) The streaming video, located on THIS Japanese news web page, may only be up for a half day or so. The link could go dead, or could link to another, new story.2) Not all computer systems might be able to play the video. You might need Microsoft Silverlight installed, but probably most can see the short stream.3) Go to the link and hit the photo with the white triangle and stream. Now for the explanation of this important video taken today of photos of the cargo of an aircraft seized in Bangkok which was heading from North Korea...
  • U.S. Troops Process Cargo Trucks at Busy Airfield

    11/18/2009 3:48:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 325+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Elisebet Freeburg, USA
    KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Nov. 18, 2009 – Supplies and equipment to sustain the more than 20,000 servicemembers and civilians from 15 different nations at the world’s busiest military airfield arrive here daily. Army Spc. Jose Ramirez directs a cargo truck to a parking space at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 14, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Elisebet Freeburg  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. But not all supplies arrive by air. The 386th Movement Control Team has processed more than 25,000 cargo trucks through this southern Afghanistan base since May. The 386th MCT, an active duty Army unit from Vincenza,...
  • Little Cargo, Loads of Debt

    11/11/2009 8:55:21 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 335+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 11-11-2009 | LANDON THOMAS Jr.
    Little Cargo, Loads Of Debt LANDON THOMAS Jr. Published: November 11, 2009 LONDON — When Eastwind Maritime, a medium-size carrier company, went bankrupt this summer, few banks in the United States took notice. Charles Pertwee/Bloomberg News Singapore's container port last month. As global trade recovers, a glut of a new ships is expected to undermine a price recovery. Vivek Prakash/Reuters Cargo vessels off the coast of Singapore last June. With trade slowed by the recession, bankruptcies of carriers could rise. But in Europe, where banks hold over $350 billion of increasingly dubious shipping industry loans, the inability of Eastwind, which...
  • U.S. Airmen Keep Troops, Cargo Moving Through Kuwait

    04/08/2009 4:25:12 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 346+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 8, 2009 – The war may be fought in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, but for most troops and cargo heading into theater, it starts on a small air strip just outside of Kuwait City, Kuwait. Two airmen from the 386th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron work to unload cargo from a C-17 Globemaster III at a small air strip in Kuwait, March 17, 2009. The airmen facilitate the most cargo and troops to theater of any air portal in the region. DoD photo by Fred W. Baker III  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image...
  • Diplomat: Somali pirates seize 21 American sailors

    04/08/2009 3:25:45 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 132 replies · 3,839+ views
    yahoo ^ | 4/8/2009 | KATHARINE HOURELD
    Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship with 21 crew members aboard, a diplomat and a U.S. Navy spokesman said. The Kenya-based diplomat identified the vessel as the 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama and said all the crew members are American. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
  • Intercepted Cargo Ship Carried Little Aid to Gaza

    02/06/2009 12:29:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies · 564+ views
    CNS News ^ | 2/6/09 | Patrick Goodenough, International Editor
    ( – A Lebanese cargo ship diverted by the Israeli Navy en route to the Gaza Strip was found to be carrying only several dozen kilograms of humanitarian aid, the Israeli military said Thursday, after Arab governments accused Israel of “piracy” and urged the United Nations to intervene. Arab media reports said earlier that the Israeli action had hampered delivery of 60 tons of aid desperately needed by the Palestinians in Gaza. The Israeli Defense Forces said after the ship ignored Navy warnings not to approach Gaza, it was boarded and escorted to the nearby port of Ashdod. A search...
  • Cargo Plummets 22.6% in December (global cargo traffic)

    01/31/2009 3:53:18 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 579+ views
    International Air Transport Association ^ | 01/29/09 | Anthony Concil
    Date: 29 January 2009 Cargo Plummets 22.6% in December Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released international scheduled traffic results for both December 2008 and the full-year. In the month of December global international cargo traffic plummeted by 22.6% compared to December 2007. The same comparison for international passenger traffic showed a 4.6% drop. The international load factor stood at 73.8%. For the full-year 2008, international cargo traffic was down 4.0%, passenger traffic showed a modest increase of 1.6%, and the international load factor stood at 75.9%. “The 22.6% free fall in global cargo is unprecedented and shocking....
  • Hawaii loses 85% of air cargo capability

    04/29/2008 8:12:27 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 10 replies · 112+ views
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  • Cargo decline is another sign of slowing economy

    10/09/2007 2:27:47 PM PDT · by oblomov · 25 replies · 765+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9 Oct 2007 | Ronald D. White and Leslie Earnest,
    Cargo containers crammed with foreign-made goods that were supposed to set a record in August at major U.S. ports took an unexpected turn, with imports sinking 1.4% in another sign of the slowing of the economy. Imports of items as diverse as toys and tiles could also be lower in September and October, when retailers will be stocking shelves for the holidays, because shell-shocked shoppers are expected to continue to pull back. Entry point click to enlarge Graphic Is trade boom over? click to enlargeThe falloff "reflects the consumer-demand-driven weakness in the U.S. economy," said Paul Bingham, an economist with...
  • Baggage handler locked in hold on US-bound flight

    04/19/2007 11:48:00 PM PDT · by Roy Tucker · 23 replies · 1,190+ views
    The Irish Times ^ | 20 April, 2007 | Ronan McGreevy
    Baggage handler locked in hold on US-bound flight Ronan McGreevy A baggage handler at Dublin airport was locked into the cargo hold of a transatlantic aircraft as it taxied down the runway. The 55-year-old man, who had worked with Aer Lingus for 16 years and had been promoted to shift leader, got stuck in the hold when he went to retrieve a bag that should have been on a flight to Los Angeles rather than New York. A report into the incident, in late 2005, said it was "fortunate" that the man had a mobile phone, which he used to...
  • Vanuatu Cargo Cult Marks 50 Years

    02/15/2007 10:05:54 AM PST · by blam · 19 replies · 1,214+ views
    BBC ^ | 2-15-2007
    Vanuatu cargo cult marks 50 years By Phil Mercer BBC News, Tanna One of the world's last surviving cargo cults is celebrating its official 50th anniversary on Tanna island in Vanuatu. The John Frum Movement worships a mysterious spirit that urged them to reject the teachings of the Church and maintain their traditional customs. The cult was reinforced during WWII, when US forces landed with huge amounts of cargo - weapons, food and medicine. Villagers believe the spirit of John Frum sent the US military to their South Pacific home to help them. Devotees say that an apparition of John...
  • Tokyo, Washington move to inspect North Korean cargo ships

    10/16/2006 11:52:42 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 16 replies · 511+ views
    Excerpt - Japan and the United States will discuss ways to cooperate on inspecting vessels that enter or leave North Korea as part of the international effort to punish Pyongyang for its nuclear test. Kenichiro Sasae, head of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and Christopher Hill, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, met in Tokyo on Monday and confirmed that the two countries will collaborate on cargo inspections and other measures against North Korea. ~ snip ~
  • Cargo Theft: From Silent Crime to Violent Crime? (August 2006,$30M Driven Away)

    10/09/2006 6:12:28 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 12 replies · 964+ views
    Strategic Forecasting, Inc ^ | 10/06/06 13:57:50 | Stratfor and FreightWatchGroup
    Cargo theft accounts for approximately $50 billion in direct merchandise losses each year worldwide — $15 billion of that in the United States alone. (SNIP) The Hialeah gang (Miami) is believed to be the single most important theft grouping active in cargo crime across the United States. (SNIP) ..grouped by geography: • Miami/South Florida: Widely considered the most prolific in highvalue cargo theft, the gangs in this region can be divided into two groups: those that operate strictly within Florida and Georgia and those that operate beyond the regional boundaries. Those that roam outside the region generally target high-dollar freight,...
  • Bagram C-130s Use High-Tech Cargo Delivery System

    09/06/2006 5:54:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 692+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Maj. David Kurle, USAF
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 -- The same global positioning technology that helps fighter and bomber pilots deliver smart bombs with pinpoint accuracy now allows bundles dropped from cargo planes to steer themselves to drop zones. A new GPS-guided “Screamer” bundle from the Joint Precision Air Drop System falls out the back of a C-130 Hercules over Afghanistan Aug. 26. The drop was made from 17,500 feet above mean sea level and was the first joint Air Force-Army operational drop of JPADS in the Central Command area of responsibility. Four bundles were dropped from the Alaska Air National Guard C-130....
  • 747 Cargo Flight Diverted

    09/02/2006 1:58:25 PM PDT · by feedback doctor · 69 replies · 2,756+ views
    Flight Aware ^ | 9/2/2006 | self
    Using Flight Aware to track a 747 (my favorite jet) cargo flight out of Chas. SC. Destination is England, but south of Rhode Island it looks like it made a big loop over the ocean, and according to its last position, it appear to be headed to an old abandoned Military Airfield (Floyd Bennet) on Long Island. Another aviation enthusiasts have an ideas why it would do this?
  • Cougar Ace's initial survey complete; life of naval architect lost in accident

    08/01/2006 6:58:58 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 24 replies · 3,286+ views
    A four-man salvage team was able to access and survey the Cougar Ace yesterday, determining that at least some cargo remains in place and that the vessel remains stable. However, while conducting the survey, one of the team members fell and died from injuries sustained in the fall. ....... snip ...... The team determined that the cargo on the number one deck, the highest deck, remains in place. Cargo on the ninth deck has also remained in place. The engine room is intact and there is no sign of water. There are a total of fourteen car cargo decks on...
  • Thousands of Mazdas stranded on Pacific ship(4700 Vehicles)

    07/28/2006 11:06:37 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 46 replies · 2,966+ views
    Motoring ^ | 28 July 2006 | Reuters
    Vancouver, British Columbia - The fate of thousands of Mazda cars was uncertain this week after the ship carrying them to North America rolled on its side in the Pacific Ocean. The Cougar Ace rolled sideways when the massive ship's ballast tank was adjusted. The automaker had 4700 vehicles aboard the automobile carrier Cougar Ace that began taking on water on Sunday and listed so heavily that the 23 crew had to be rescued by the US Coast Guard. The 199.3m Mitsui O.S.K. Lines ship was still afloat on Wednesday with its keel and propeller out of the water and...
  • Fake Bomb Put On Train (UK - spent uranium transport)

    07/21/2006 6:39:38 AM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 8 replies · 254+ views
    SKY NEWS ^ | July 21, 2006 | Unattributed
    A newspaper claims to have planted a fake bomb on a train carrying nuclear waste. The Daily Mirror said one of its reporters wandered up to the unattended wagons at a north west London depot. It said a terrorist could have blown up the waste, sparking a vast toxic cloud that would have killed hundreds. The train carries radioactive flasks of spent uranium fuel rods from the Kent countryside to Cumbria. The reporter was able to place a device that could have been a bomb on the 12-ton cargo as the train sat in sidings at a depot. He approached...
  • NTSB investigating laptop batteries as the cause of UPS cargo plane fire

    07/15/2006 7:51:07 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 16 replies · 668+ views ^ | July 13, 2006 19:25 | Humphrey Cheung
    Washington (DC) - Laptops get hot, but can they cause a plane to catch on fire? The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating whether laptop batteries caused a UPS cargo plane to catch on fire last February. The DC-8 plane with three crew members made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport after a fire broke out in the cargo hold. The fire continued to burn for four hours destroying the plane and most of the UPS packages inside. Luckily, the crew on board UPS flight 1307 escaped with only minor injuries. In the accident investigation, NTSB officials...
  • U.S. to Install New Nuclear Detectors at Ports

    07/15/2006 5:27:46 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 11 replies · 680+ views
    LAT ^ | July 15, 2006 | Ralph Vartabedian
    The nation's defense against nuclear terrorism took a major step Friday, federal officials said, following the award of contracts worth $1.2 billion to install advanced sensors at U.S. ports of entry to screen for radioactive cargo. The Department of Homeland Security plans to install 1,400 advanced detection systems at 370 border crossings and ports under the program, which has been in development at federal laboratories for several years. The sensors, which cost $350,000 to $600,000 each, will allow inspectors to scan rail cars, trucks and shipping containers with greater accuracy and fewer false alarms, said Vayl S. Oxford, director of...
  • D-M group rescues man on cargo ship

    07/02/2006 1:13:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 491+ views
    Two helicopters from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base were called Saturday to rescue an American who suffered what appeared to be a stroke about 500 miles off the California coast. The helicopters, from the 943rd Rescue Group, were chosen because the Navy and Coast Guard cannot refuel in the air, said Capt. Eric Simon, of the 943rd. While there is a rescue group stationed at Moffett Federal Airfield in the San Francisco area, Capt. Simon said the holiday made it difficult to activate that group. The man was aboard the cargo ship Horizon Pacific when he began suffering stroke symptoms, according...
  • Army, AF Announce Joint Cargo Aircraft Program

    03/23/2006 5:07:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 12 replies · 1,178+ views
    WASHINGTON (ARMY NEWS SERVICE, March 23, 2006) – Army and Air Force officials announced March 17 that a new Joint Cargo Aircraft, designed to enhance the combat readiness of both services, will be developed by a combined team. Fielding of the new aircraft is expected within two years. The Request for Proposals was released March 17 after the Acquisition Strategy Report was signed that morning, according to Pentagon officials. A Joint Program Office, comprised of personnel from both branches of service, will open Oct. 1 in Huntsville, Ala., with the Army taking the lead. “This is a big day for...
  • C-17 Cargo Aircraft Breaks Airdrop Record

    03/20/2006 3:15:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 563+ views
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, March 20, 2006 – A single U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport jet set a record by airdropping 32,400 pounds of humanitarian aid within 40 minutes to four locations in central and eastern Afghanistan March 16. Airdrop missions involve delivering cargo without landing the airplane. This airdrop marked the most cargo dropped to this many drop zones in the shortest amount of time from a single aircraft in the history of U.S. airdrop operations, said Air Force Lt. Col. Charles Ciuzio, chief of the Air Mobility Division at the Combined Air Operations Center. It is the policy...