The container ship Ever Given has been blocking the Suez Canal for days. Economic fallout is already visible and it could take weeks — and require drastic measures — to free the waterway.
Currently, many people are risking their lives trying to cross the Mediterranean. The German non-profit civil sea organization "Sea-Eye" is working at high speed to convert an old freighter into a rescue ship.
Volunteers in Germany have been working for months to repurpose a former freighter for Mediterranean rescue missions. Thousands of people risk their lives to reach Europe by sea every month.
Mauritius is known for its white beaches. But the island nation has declared a state of environmental emergency due to an oil spill from a grounded ship. Over 1,000 tonnes of oil leaked close to its waters. Efforts are underway to salvage the situation.
Freighters that sail the high seas without a captain or crew on board – that still sounds like an idea from a science fiction novel. A high-tech simulator is helping scientists at a Fraunhofer Institute run tests. They say shipping can be made safer than it is today.
When big ocean freighters are taken out of commission, they usually end up in Asian scrap yards. In 2014, 60 percent of all decommissioned ships were dismantled on the coasts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Panama has asked the US and Britain for help in analysing weapons found on a seized North Korean freighter. Cuba says the arms are its property and that they were being sent to North Korea for repairs.
Traveling on a cargo ship might make think of swinging in a hammock and swabbing the decks. But this is actually quite a comfortable alternative to flying. Depending on where you are headed, it can take weeks to reach your destination - but it's a low carbon way to travel! Prepare to set sail as our correspondent takes us across the Atlantic Ocean.
There are around a thousand inland waterway transporters in Germany today. One of those is the Mnich family of Mannheim. They're the seventh generation to live - and work - on the water.
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