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MARITIME REPORT: Two Coastal Shipping Vessels ‘Abandoned’ and ‘Adrift’ In Caribbean Waters

MIAMI —  Two shipping vessels have been reported “abandoned” and “adrift” in the Caribbean today.

One was described by the Maritime Bulletin as being a coastal shipping vessel and the other is a “cargo ship” that was reported abandoned and adrift in “Caribbean waters” on March 29.

In other maritime distress news from around the world:

Coaster aground, Indonesia

“Cargo ship carrying merchandise goods ran aground in in Indonesian waters on March 29, the Maritime Bulletin reported today. “The ship suffered mechanical failure and ran aground, according to official statement. Local authorities are trying to retrieve goods from grounded vessel.”

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• Post-Panamax container ship disabled, near miss on Elbe
• Tanker broke down in her maiden voyage from Korea, assisted
• Bulk carrier managed to fix problem and resumed voyage
• Norwegian heavy lift ship carrying Chinese dock hit US destroyer
• Coaster abandoned, adrift, Caribbean
• Coaster aground, Indonesia
• Russian crew awaiting trial after cocaine bust, but cleared of homicide suspicion
• Aground and Not Under Command vessels Worldwide Alerts (5 NUC)

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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