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Adrian Vásquez is the sole survivor of the fishing boat that signaled the cruise ship. His 16-year-old and 31-year-old companions died in the days after the ship passed them by.After surviving 28 days out at sea in a small disabled boat, Panamanian Adrian Vazquez is now suing Princess Cruise Lines after one of its cruise ships passed the boat in distress, but did not stop or help.
Back in February, the three companions departed for a night of fishing from Rio Hato, a small fishing and farming town on the Pacific coast of Panama. The boat’s motor broke down on the way back and the men drifted at sea for 16 days before seeing a cruise ship approach March 10, reports Fox News.
Princess Cruises have released statements claiming that passengers never told the ship’s captain they saw a boat. However, the lawsuit includes testimony from two cruise ship passengers who have said they saw the disabled boat and reported it to a cruise representative on the Star Princess liner. These passengers openly recall reporting the distressed boat to a Princess Cruises sale representative who assured her that he passed the sighting on to the ship’s crew.
From Maritime Executive

Maersk hasn’t said where it will use its giant new ships, but maritime authorities expect they will initially be used in the trade between Europe and Asia.
Tacoma port commissioners have approved a contract for design work to equip one of its container terminals to handle the biggest container ships now envisioned.
The Port of Tacoma publicly says it is simply updating its Husky Terminal to keep up with technological developments. The cranes now available at that terminal have a reach of 16 to 18 containers wide.
Port insiders say the port is actively courting Maersk to return to Tacoma from Seattle. Maersk was a longtime Tacoma tenant until it left two years ago to join its alliance partner, the French container line CMA CGM.
From the News Tribune

Cosco has safety concerns about the Valemax vessels, which are almost as big as the Bank of America Tower in New York, Ma said. The miner’s plan to spend at least $8 billion on a fleet of 35 mega-ships has also hit shipowners’ earnings by creating new competition, and stoked tensions between Brazil and China according to Johnson Leung, a Jefferies Group Inc. analyst.China Ocean Shipping (Group) Co., the nation’s biggest operator of dry-bulk ships, said Vale SA (VALE3) was refusing to use its vessels to protest a Chinese ban on the Brazilian miner’s mega-ships.
The state-owned company, known as Cosco, expects a “big” impact on operations from the boycott and it’s considering filing a complaint with China’s Ministry of Commerce, President Ma Zehua said in an interview in Beijing. Vale, the world’s biggest iron-ore producer, has shunned Cosco’s fleet for about two months, even if it meant using more expensive ships from other owners, he said. Unit China Cosco Holdings Co. fell to the lowest in almost four months in Hong Kong.
“Many recent steps taken by Vale aren’t rational,” Ma said. “We believe their decisions are based on their perception that Cosco is doing...

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