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A $700 million superyacht linked to Vladimir Putin has refueled after undergoing repairs in Italy and could set sail any day, a report says


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Ritz-Carlton’s new luxury cruise ship with penthouses at sea will sail in August starting — see inside the ‘yacht’


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Biggest deployment of UK naval firepower since the Falklands war will set sail next month


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Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail


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Detained Iranian tanker sets sail from Gibraltar as Tehran warns US not to seize ship

Detained Iranian tanker sets sail from Gibraltar as Tehran warns US not to seize shipThe Iranian tanker seized by British Royal Marines near Gibraltar in July on suspicion of carrying oil to Syria has left port.Shipping data showed the Grace 1, renamed the Adrian Darya 1, leaving Gibraltar around 11pm, and is believed to be heading to Kalamata in Greece.Authorities in Gibraltar released the tanker last week, but on Friday a federal court in Washington issued a warrant for its seizure, its cargo of 2.1 million barrels of light crude oil, and nearly $ 1m (£824,000).However, on Sunday Gibraltar said it could not comply with that request because it was bound by EU law.Washington had attempted to detain the ship on the grounds it had links to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which it has designated a terrorist organisation.The release comes amid a growing row between Iran and the West after Donald Trump pulled Washington out of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers over a year ago.Shortly after the tanker was detained in early July near Gibraltar, a British overseas territory, Iran seized the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz, which remains in the Islamic Republic.Iran has warned the US against any new attempt to seize its tanker in open seas after it left Gibraltar.Asked whether the US could renew its seizure request, Abbas Mousavi, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, said: “Such an action … would endanger shipping safety in open seas. We have issued a warning through official channels, especially the Swiss embassy.”Switzerland represents US interests in Iran, which has no diplomatic relations with the US.After the US unsealed a warrant on Friday to seize the vessel and its cargo, US officials told reporters the oil abroad the ship was worth some $ 130m (£107m) and it was destined for a designated terror organisation.The unsealed court documents argued Iran’s IRGC are the ship’s true owners through a network of front companies.But authorities in Gibraltar said that, unlike in the US, the IRGC is not a designated terrorist organisation under EU, British or Gibraltan law.Iran has not disclosed the Adrian Darya 1’s intended destination and has denied it was ever headed for Syria.The chief minister of Gibraltar, Fabian Picardo, said he had been assured in writing by the Iranian government the tanker would not unload its cargo in Syria.The Astralship shipping agency in Gibraltar, which has been hired to handle paperwork and arrange logistics for the Adrian Darya 1, told the Associated Press a new crew of Indian and Ukrainian nationals had been expected to replace the sailors on board.Additional reporting by agencies



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Gibraltar rejects US pressure; lets Iranian oil tanker set sail

Gibraltar rejects US pressure; lets Iranian oil tanker set sailGibraltar rejected a U.S. request to continue holding an Iranian supertanker detained on suspicion of attempting to breach global sanctions on Syria.



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Greta Thunberg to sail across Atlantic for climate summits because she refuses to fly on planes

Greta Thunberg to sail across Atlantic for climate summits because she refuses to fly on planesGreta Thunberg is to sail across the Atlantic in a high-tech racing yacht to attend UN climate summits in New York and Chile as she refuses to fly on planes.The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist said she spent months deciding how to travel to the US without travelling by plane, which she shuns because of their high greenhouse gas emissions.Ms Thunbeg will set sail on her trans-Atlantic voyage in August in a boat fitted with solar panels and underwater turbines to generate zero-carbon electricity on board. The journey will take two weeks.“Good news! I’ll be joining the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, COP25 in Santiago and other events along the way,” she tweeted on Monday.“I’ve been offered a ride on the 60ft racing boat Malizia II. We’ll be sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from the UK to NYC in mid August. UniteBehindTheScience”.Ms Thunberg will be accompanied on the voyage by Malizia II’s skipper Boris Hermann, her father Svante and filmmaker Nathan Grossman.The teenage climate activist told AP that she wanted to avoid travelling to the US by cruise ship because of their notoriously high emissions and she had been wary of sailing across the Atlantic in August due to the risk of hurricanes.“Taking a boat to North America is basically impossible,” she said. “I have had countless people helping me, trying to contact different boats.”The founder of the “School Strike 4 Climate" movement said she is taking a year off school to raise awareness of the climate crisis and pressure world leaders to step up efforts to cut greenhouse emissions.Setting sail from London, Ms Thunberg will attend the UN Climate summits in New York on 23 September and in Sanitago, Chile, on 13 December.She also plans to join large-scale climate demonstrations in New York on 20 September.Ms Thunberg rose to prominence last year after she started started skipping classes to protest outside the Swedish parliament.Her protest inspired millions of other children around the world to walk out school on Fridays to demand greater action on climate change. Since emerging as the leader the school strike for climate movement, Ms Thunberg has spoken to policymakers at last year’s UN climate conference in Poland she has attended the World Economic Forum in Davos and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos.In April, the climate activist met party leaders in Westminster and delivered a speech to parliament.But Ms Thunberg says she was unsure how her message would be received in the US, where Donald Trump has dismissed the need to tackle climate changeMr Trump announced that the country would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and his administration has removed a quarter of all references to climate change from federal government websites since 2016.Ms Thunberg said that meeting the US president would be “just a waste of time”."He obviously doesn't listen to the science and the scientists,” she said. “So why should I, a child with no proper education, be able to convince him?" Last week, The 1975 released a song featuring a speech by Ms Thunberg, with all proceeds from the song’s sales going to Extinction Rebellion at her request.The teenage climate activist is also to appear on the front cover of Vogue as one of 15 women describes as “trailblazing changemakers” in a special issue of the magazine guest edited by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.Additional reporting by AP



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Whaling ships set sail as Japan resumes commercial hunts

Whaling ships set sail as Japan resumes commercial huntsJapan began its first commercial whale hunts in more than three decades on Monday, brushing aside outrage over its resumption of a practice that conservationists say is cruel and outdated. Five vessels from whaling communities left port in northern Japan’s Kushiro with their horns blaring and grey tarps thrown over their harpoons. The hunts come after Japan decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission, a move slammed by activists and anti-whaling countries but welcomed by Japanese whaling communities.



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Couple who quit jobs and sold belongings to sail round the world lose everything as boat capsizes two days into journey

Couple who quit jobs and sold belongings to sail round the world lose everything as boat capsizes two days into journeyTanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh began their adventure on a 28-foot sailboat last week, setting off from the marina in Tarpon Springs. Two days later, the emergency services were called to reports of a capsized boat in the Gulf of Mexico near Madeira Beach – about 25 miles down the coast. “I sold everything I had to do this,” Mr Broadwell told the Tampa Bay Times.



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Harry Potter river cruise to set sail on River Thames

Harry Potter river cruise to set sail on River ThamesIt's no flying car, but Harry Potter fans are being courted in a new river cruise that makes stops at key filming locations like 4 Privet Drive, the real-world inspiration for Hogwarts, and the Warner Bros. Studio where the Harry Potter movies were made. 



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