Pure as snow? Scientists say air carrying plastics to Arctic
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say they've found an abundance of tiny plastic particles in Arctic snow, indicating that so-called microplastics are being sucked into the atmosphere and carried long...
ROME (AP) — The Latest on migration to Europe (all times local):
British and French authorities have stopped 29 migrants who tried to cross the English Channel is three small...
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A cruise ship that was the focus of a daring rescue operation off Norway's frigid North Sea coast became disabled because its engines didn't have enough lubricating oil,...
Dutch farmers to tourists: Don’t trample our tulips
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch farmers have a message for tourists: Please don't trample upon our tulips.
Bulb fields close to the Netherlands' North Sea coast are a major tourist...
Crossing the sea: EU Medicines Agency shifts to Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM (AP) — A gift of traditional Dutch wooden shoes kicked off the European Union Medicines Agency's formal move from London to Amsterdam on Wednesday, a concrete consequence of Britain's looming departure from the bloc.
Firm pledges to find shipping containers lost in North Sea
BERLIN (AP) — Switzerland-based shipping company MSC is pledging to pay the cost of cleaning up hundreds of containers one of its cargo vessels lost in a North Sea storm.
The company said Saturday that it was committed to finding and retrieving the containers that went overboard on Jan. 2 "until the last one is found." Authorities say two contained potentially hazardous materials.
Dutch, Germans recover cargo lost by container ship
BERLIN (AP) — Cargo lost by a container ship in a North Sea storm has started washing up on a German island, while soldiers have arrived to help clean up beaches on Dutch islands further west.
The MSC Zoe lost more than 270 containers earlier this week as it sailed from Portugal to the German port of Bremerhaven. German authorities say two of them contained dangerous substances: organic peroxide in one case and lithium-ion batteries in the other.
Public warned away from ship containers lost off Dutch coast
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities are warning the public to stay away from some of the 270 containers that a cargo ship lost off the northern coast of the Netherlands because they contained a hazardous chemical.
The Dutch coast guard said three containers carried closed-off barrels of an organic peroxide, a flammable and highly toxic compound.
Dead fin whale pulled ashore on Belgian beach, cause probed
BRUSSELS (AP) — A dead fin whale has been pulled ashore on Belgium's North Sea coast, drawing onlookers undaunted by the putrid smell.
It has been two decades since a similar whale has hit the Belgian beaches.
Fin whales, which can weigh up to 45,000 kilograms (49 tons), are the second-largest animal in the world. It was being cut into pieces Thursday, with the meat carried off before it rotted further on the De Haan beach.
Norway police close probe into 2016 fatal crash
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police say a criminal investigation into a 2016 helicopter crash off western Norway that killed all 13 people on board has been closed after a technical probe earlier this year ruled out human error.
The Airbus EC-225 helicopter was carrying workers from an offshore rig in the North Sea when it went down on a tiny island outside Bergen, Norway's second-largest city. Eleven Norwegians, one Briton and one Italian were killed.
No Brexit deal could snarl major ports, hitting exports
HOOK OF HOLLAND, Netherlands (AP) — Traffic moves quickly and smoothly at the Hook of Holland ferry terminal on the western edge of Europe's biggest port, with hundreds of trucks streaming onto ships regularly setting off for the English port of Harwich.
Trump posts losses at another Scottish golf resort
NEW YORK (AP) — A second Scottish golf resort owned by President Donald Trump posted losses last year as his company faced an anti-Trump backlash, roadblocks to expansion plans and a dip in the local economy.
Dutch king and queen to travel to Britain for state visit
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands will travel to London later this month on a state visit that the Dutch government says will take them from Buckingham Palace to Brixton.
Britain: Bodies of 2 missing fishermen found in North Sea
LONDON (AP) — British authorities say a search in the North Sea for two missing fishermen has ended with the discovery of their bodies.
A coastguard helicopter spotted the bodies on Sunday near the wreckage of the men's boat, which sank Saturday about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Great Yarmouth, on England's eastern coast.
Cruise ship rescues 3 fishermen from North Sea; 2 missing
LONDON (AP) — The Pacific Princess cruise ship turned around Saturday in the North Sea to rescue three men in a lifeboat who had sent up a flare, according to an Associated Press journalist onboard the ship. Two other men from their capsized fishing boat were still missing.
Mild breeze, fast course for start of British Open
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Sandy Lyle of Scotland sent a mid-iron rolling along the crusty turf of Carnoustie to start the 147th playing of the British Open.
Lyle was chosen to hit the opening tee shot Thursday morning under a gray sky off the North Sea. He won the Open in 1985. Also in the opening group was two-time major champion Martin Kaymer and Andy Sullivan. They faced a course that was more yellow than green because of the unusually dry summer in Scotland.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — The eve of the British Open felt like cramming for a final exam, a multiple choice one with no obvious answers.
The wind that blows off the North Sea across the exposed links of Carnoustie has not been the primary concern during practice rounds. Players have a reasonable idea how far the ball travels in the air. They just don't know how far it goes on the ground.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — "A fatigue fracture" in the main rotor gearbox caused an Airbus helicopter to crash off western Norway in 2016, killing all 13 people on board, Norway's Accident Investigation Board said Thursday.
The Airbus EC-225 helicopter was carrying workers from an offshore rig in the North Sea before it went down on Turoey, a tiny island outside Bergen, Norway's second-largest city. Eleven Norwegians, one Briton and one Italian were killed.
Findlater Castle came into view like a mirage an abandoned fortress camouflaged against Scotlands lonely northern coast.
Oil producer BP makes 2 exploration discoveries in North Sea
LONDON (AP) — BP says it has made two new oil discoveries in the North Sea, adding to hopes for a revival in the declining basin that has fueled Britain's oil and gas industry since the 1970s.
The company said Wednesday that it found oil at the Capercaillie well east of Aberdeen and Achmelvich west of the Shetland Islands. BP is the sole owner of Capercaillie and owns 52.6 percent of Achmelvich, with Shell and Chevron holding smaller stakes.
English boy is reunited with camera that drifted to Germany
BERLIN (AP) — An English boy has been reunited in Germany with a video camera he lost four months ago on the other side of the North Sea.
The German news agency dpa reported that the camera was handed back Saturday to the 10-year-old from Hull on Suederoog, a small island off Germany's western coast.
William Etherton's camera was carried off Sept. 1 by a wave in Thornwick Bay in Yorkshire, on England's east coast. It drifted for about two months before washing up in Germany.
British navy escorts Russian warship near UK waters
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Royal Navy has escorted one of Russia's warships through the North Sea near U.K. waters, officials said Tuesday, amid increasing tensions between the two countries.
The HMS St. Albans with 190 sailors on board was used to escort the Russian Admiral Gorshkov frigate on Monday through what British officials called "areas of national interest" on Christmas Day.
In addition, a Royal Navy helicopter was used to track other Russian vessels in the area.
EU agrees to catch more fish sustainably in 2018
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations have agreed to set quota levels that ensure more sustainable fishing in the northeastern Atlantic and the North Sea, but environmentalists insist the bloc is behind in its schedule to end overfishing by 2020.
The massive Zohr gas field off Egypt will come online by the end of December, marking the completion of what British energy giant BP says is one of its biggest years ever as it increasingly focuses on international natural gas projects.
Denmark’s Maersk: 1 dies after oil rig accident off Norway
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The drilling unit of Danish conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S says a Norwegian employee has died after an accident occurred on a small rig in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
Maersk Drilling says an investigation is ongoing, but declined to comment further or name the victim. It says Friday it is taking "this incident very seriously."
Maersk Oil, partners to invest $3.4B in North Sea gas
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk said Friday it will invest 21 billion kroner ($3.4 billion) together with British-Dutch oil producer Shell, among others, to redevelop and extend the production life cycle of Denmark's largest gas field in the North Sea.
Maersk, whose oil company is being taken over by France's Total, said the investment will extend production at the Tyra field, which was slated to close this year, for at least 25 years.
6 injured as car hits pedestrians in German town
BERLIN (AP) — An apparently intoxicated man drove a car into pedestrians in northern Germany on Sunday, injuring six people, police said.
The 29-year-old driver, a local resident, was taken in for questioning after the early-morning incident in the North Sea port town of Cuxhaven, authorities said.
Police said on Twitter that he "probably comes from Syria," without elaborating. A statement issued later didn't mention his origins.
Stranded cargo ship freed from German sandbank after 3 days
BERLIN (AP) — A 225-meter (738-foot) cargo ship was towed off a sandbank in the North Sea on Thursday more than three days after it got stranded during a storm, Germany's maritime rescue center said.
The stranding of the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Glory Amsterdam off the island of Langeoog had caused concern because the ship was carrying 1,800 tons of fuel oil and 140 tons of diesel, but authorities said it appeared that no hazardous substances had leaked.
Germany: stranded cargo ship to be freed before weekend
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they hope to tow free a 225-meter (738-foot) cargo ship that ran aground on a North Sea sandbank before the weekend.
The Panama-flagged bulk carrier Glory Amsterdam drifted onto the sandbank off the island of Langeoog during a storm on Sunday, with 22 crew members on board. Rescuers originally hoped to free it at high tide a day later but determined that the water around the ship was too shallow for tugboats.
German experts work to free ship grounded after storm
BERLIN (AP) — German rescue experts were working to free a cargo ship that ran aground on a North Sea sandbank during a weekend storm, while the country's railway pressed Monday to reopen several train lines.
High winds lashed Central Europe on Sunday as Storm Herwart passed through, knocking down trees, causing travel chaos and killing at least five people.
UK coast guard comes to aid of struggling dog in North Sea
CUMMINGSTON, Scotland (AP) — A waterlogged dog has the coast guard to thank for coming to its rescue in the North Sea.
A Maritime and Coastguard Agency helicopter on a training mission spotted the struggling cockerpoo that was being swept out to sea Sunday morning near Cummingston on Scotland's northeast coast.
The crew promptly alerted a rescue boat and then filmed as the pooch was scooped from the cold water. Pet and family were soon reunited on shore.
In the rough: Losses mount at Trump’s Scottish resorts
BALMEDIE, Scotland (AP) — David Milne loves the view of the North Sea from his home high above the roiling surf, but he finds his eye often falling onto the golf course next door and, when it does, on the tiny figures below.
Losses at Trump’s Scottish resorts doubled last year
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump boasts of making great deals, but a financial report filed with the British government shows he has lost millions of dollars for three years running on a couple of his more recent big investments: his Scottish golf resorts.
A report from Britain's Companies House released late Friday shows losses last year at the two resorts more than doubled to 17.6 million pounds ($23 million). Revenue also fell sharply.
Jet carrying 88 overshoots runway on German island of Sylt
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say a passenger jet with 88 people on board overshot the end of the runway on the North Sea island of Sylt, but nobody was injured in the incident.
The regional emergency response center says the Air Berlin plane from Duesseldorf came to a halt Saturday on the grass about 50 meters (yards) beyond the end of the runway.
The 82 passengers and six crew were helped off the jet by firefighters.
German WWI U-boat found off Belgium with 23 bodies inside
BRUSSELS (AP) — An intact German World War I submarine containing the bodies of 23 people has been found off the coast of Belgium, authorities said Tuesday.
Western Flanders Governor Carl Decaluwe told The Associated Press that the find on the floor of the North Sea "is very unique."
"It's quite amazing that we found something like this," Decaluwe said. "The impact damage was at the front, but the submarine remains closed and there are 23 people still onboard."
China's Great Wall considers bid for Fiat Chrysler Jeep unit
BEIJING (AP) — Spokespeople for Chinese SUV maker Great Wall Motors say it is considering making a bid to buy Fiat Chrysler's Jeep unit, in a possible ambitious new step onto the global stage for China's fast-growing auto brands. Great Wall has yet to formally declare its interest in Jeep but a possible acquisition would be in line with its chairman's goal of becoming the top specialty SUV producer by 2020.
Total expands in North Sea with purchase of Maersk Oil
LONDON (AP) — French oil company Total agreed Monday to buy the oil & gas division of Danish conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk for $7.45 billion, in a deal that will see it become the No. 2 operator in the North Sea.
Beautiful Bruges: Old-world Europe in the present
BRUGES, Belgium (AP) — Walking through central Bruges is like a romantic journey into the past.
With centuries-old gabled buildings lining a web of canals and cobblestone streets, the vibe is quintessential old-world Europe.
Bruges also is one of the most beautiful cities in Western Europe, a place that has been called the Venice of the North.
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):
The Dutch swimming federation is calling for more funding and outreach to ensure as many people as possible in the Netherlands - including migrants - learn to swim.
The call from the Royal Netherlands Swimming Association followed the drowning death of a teenager at a public pool in the southern city of Venlo.
Ryu, Thompson take on elements in Women’s British Open
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Kingsbarns is not the Old Course at St. Andrews, though it is close — at least as the sea gulls fly.
The American-designed course, located only a few miles from the Home of Golf along the shores of the North Sea, hosts the best women in the world at the Women's British Open, where So Yeon Ryu is among the favorites in a bid to give her swing coach a sweep of British majors.
BEIJING (AP) — China has closed off a swath of ocean off its east coast for military activities, but has said little about what the exercises entail.
A notice from the government of the eastern port city of Lianyungang says a roughly 40,000-square-kilometer (15,000-square-mile) section of the Yellow Sea was off-limits to commercial shipping from Thursday through Saturday.
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — The latest on the Group of 20 summit in Germany (all times local):
Leaders at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, have been served local delicacies at a festive dinner at the northern port city's philharmonic following a concert with music by Beethoven.
PARIS (AP) — An oil tanker and a large cargo ship collided Saturday in the Dover Strait between Britain and France but the accident caused no casualties or pollution and both vessels were able to set off again, French authorities said.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland and Ukraine said Tuesday they are working toward developing a regional gas hub that would end Central and Eastern Europe's dependence on Russian supplies and keep prices in line with European standards.
HARLINGEN — Did you know there is a small city on the North Sea named Harlingen?
Pier and Rita Van Der Plaats know because they live there.
And for the second time in the past 10 years they have traveled from their hometown in the Netherlands.
The Van Der Plaats recently made their second trip back to Harlingen, and they said it wouldn’t be their last.
They visited their friends, Bruce and Catherine Snider, to visit South Padre Island and the Mexico border towns.
BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have approved the first bid to construct an offshore wind park without feed-in subsidies, indicating the growing competitiveness of renewable energy.
The agency that oversees access to Germany's electricity grid says the bid was one of four to receive approval for projects in the North Sea with a total capacity of 1,490 megawatts.
ZEEBRUGGE, Belgium (AP) — Three decades after the capsizing of the British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise, victims' families are sailing out to the scene of the disaster to remember the 193 who died.
Under overcast skies and with a strong wind blowing, the tribute at sea Monday will be followed by a memorial service near the St. Donaas church in this busy North Sea port.
German court halts plan to deepen Elbe River over rare plant
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top administrative court has ordered plans to deepen the Elbe River be revised because of potential risks to a rare aquatic plant.
The ruling sent shares in logistics company HHLA, which operates container terminals at the Port of Hamburg, tumbling more than 11 percent Thursday.