German Bight in the North Sea is one of the busiest shipping routes in the world. Maritime pilots help cargo vessels navigate safely into the ports. Wilhelm Godt takes container ships up the River Weser toward Bremerhaven.
China's premier has hailed progress on an agreement that would "ensure peace and stability" in the strategic sea. Beijing has continued to fill a void as US influence in the region wanes under Donald Trump.
The US does not want a "Cold War" policy towards China, US top diplomat Mike Pompeo said at a high-level summit with Chinese officials in Washington. The two sides traded blows over militarization in the South China Sea.
Aldi Novel Adilang was working as a lonely lamp keeper when his small fishing vessel came unmoored. He was finally saved by a shipping vessel near Guam.
The southern seas might glitter with warm, blue charm and charisma, but what they lack, says Tamsin Walker, is the cold, murky depth of the North Sea.
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