merchant ship

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The move comes after an analysis of the deadly 2017 collision between the warship the USS John S. McCain and the merchant ship Alnic MC. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Your Favorite Shows Aren’t on Netflix Anymore—Data Sheet," 12 Aug. 2019 Under marine laws, every merchant ship has to be registered with one country. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Ship's flag can help its owner keep costs down. But for the crew, it can be a nightmare," 28 July 2019 In 2017, the ship's collision with a merchant ship near Singapore; 10 Navy sailors died. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Cindy McCain, family celebrate 25th commissioning anniversary of USS John S. McCain," 2 July 2019 Earlier this year a search for shipping containers that fell off a merchant ship during a storm led to the discovery of a historic 16th-century shipwreck in Dutch waters. Fox News, "Creepy shipwreck revealed by shifting sands on North Carolina beach," 5 June 2019 Three teenage migrants were charged in Malta Saturday with seizing control of a merchant ship and using force and intimidation against the crew, which is considered a terrorist crime under Maltese law. Stephen Calleja, The Seattle Times, "3 teen migrants charged in Malta in hijacking of ship at sea," 30 Mar. 2019 The USS McCain collided with a merchant ship in the South China Sea in August 2017, and in November 2018, the Norwegian frigate Helge Ingstad ran into a tanker off the coast of Norway. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Stricken Destroyer USS Fitzgerald Leaves Drydock," 18 Apr. 2019 Five merchant ships were involved in the rescue of the Sincerity Ace’s sailors. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Mitsui Ship Is Ablaze in Middle of Pacific Ocean," 2 Jan. 2019 One of those warships was the ex-merchant ship Duc De Duras, which had been assigned to the French East India Company. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Shipwreck of One of America’s First Warships Was Just Found," 12 Dec. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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