One crew still missing on burning ferry off Japan coast

Rescuers on Saturday launched an onboard search for a missing crew member after a fire broke out on a ferry off the coast of northern Japan prompting the evacuation of dozens of passengers, the coastguard said.

Ukraine coastguard boat blast kills one, injures six

One Ukrainian coastguard was killed, five were injured and their commander remained unaccounted for on Sunday after their cutter hit a mine planted in the bay of the strategic eastern port of Mariupol, officials said.

Ukraine coastguard boat blast injures six, one missing

Six Ukrainian coastguards were hurt and their commander remained unaccounted for Sunday after their cutter hit a mine planted in the bay of the strategic eastern port of Mariupol, officials said.

Philippine leader welcomes evolving Japan security role

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday welcomed Japan`s growing security engagement, as regional tensions with China grow, the day after signing a deal to buy 10 ships to bolster his coastguard.

Japan jails Chinese skipper over coral poaching

A Japanese court today jailed a Chinese skipper for coral poaching in what was reportedly the first such punishment since the coastguard began reporting waves of illegal boats.

Libya coastguard intercepts 500 migrants

 Libya`s coastguard on Sunday intercepted five boats carrying around 500 mostly African migrants trying to reach Europe and brought them back to shore, an official said.

Fearing attack, Italian coastguards seek weapons

Italy`s coastguard on Friday called on the government to change its status so that its 11,000 seamen can carry weapons, amid mounting concern over the possibility of attacks by people traffickers or terrorists.

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Italian coastguard says 900 migrants saved from catastrophe

Italy`s coastguard said Wednesday it had narrowly averted a catastrophe after people smugglers set a cargo ship with 900 people on board on a collision course with the country`s rocky southern shoreline.

UK oil rig evacuated over ship carrying radioactive waste

A ship carrying radioactive concrete that had to shut down its engine in the North Sea after its funnel caught fire was stable on Wednesday and being towed to the northeastern coast of Scotland, the British coastguard said.

Libya finds 15 migrants' bodies near ripped inflatable boat

Libyan coastguards on Sunday found 15 bodies of sub-Saharan African migrants floating in the sea near a ripped inflatable boat, east of the capital.

Bangladesh coastguard rescues 300 migrants stranded at sea

The Bangladesh coastguard today rescued a stricken boat in the Bay of Bengal packed with 300 nationals who were trying to flee to Malaysia, an official said.

Chinese ships enter disputed waters: Japan coastguard

Three Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters in the East China Sea today as Beijing maintained its defiant stance after US President Barack Obama backed Tokyo in the row.

690 migrants arrive in Italy, 400 on their way

Two ships carrying 690 migrants landed in Italy today and around 400 more were expected on a navy ship within hours, Italian media reported.

Philippines presses UN case over China sea row

The Philippines was set to push forward on Sunday its case in the United Nations challenging Beijing`s claim to most of the South China Sea, a day after a dramatic stand-off with the Asian giant`s coastguard.

India`s coastguard joins search for missing Malaysia plane

India`s coastguard joined the aerial search Wednesday for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 239 people off the remote Andaman and Nicobar islands, a senior officer told AFP.

UN urges Greece to investigate migrant drownings

The UN refugee agency has urged Greece to investigate the deaths of at least two migrants including a child in the Aegean Sea after allegations that the coastguard shares blame in the tragedy.

China coastguard in disputed waters: Japan

Four Chinese coastguard ships entered territorial waters near Tokyo-controlled islands at the centre of a bitter sovereignty row.

Chinese ships in Senkaku waters for first time

Chinese coastguard ships entered the territorial waters of Japanese-controlled islands at the centre of a bitter row, Japan`s coastguard said today, the first such incursion by the organisation.