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Russia's president has ordered the Russian Navy to take part in the search for the cargo ship "Arctic Sea." Manned by a Russian crew, the ship vanished two weeks ago off the coast of southern Europe.
President Dmitry Medvedev told Secretary of Defense Anatoly Serdyukov to "take all necessary measures to establish the whereabouts and to find the missing ship 'Arctic Sea' with a Russian crew on board, as well as to free [the ship's crew], should such a need arise," the Kremlin told Interfax on Wednesday.
The Arctic Sea is a 5,000-ton cargo ship that was carrying timber worth approximately $1.6 million from Finland to Algeria. It left port July 23, and the next morning was reportedly boarded in Swedish waters in the Baltic Sea by a band of masked hijackers in a high-speed rubber boat, who identified themselves as anti-drug police. The 15-man crew was tied up while the hijackers searched the ship.
After 12 hours, they apparently disembarked and sped away, breaking radio and other communications gear but without taking anything of value, the crew reported to the Maltese Maritime Authority, where the ship is registered. Instead of making port after the incident, the ship continued on its trip.
The ship was last heard from July 28, when it radioed the Dover, England, Coast Guard because it was approaching the English Channel. In a call the Coast Guard called routine, the ship said that it was en route to the Algerian port of Bejaia, where it was due to arrive Aug. 4. The last time its position was recorded by tracking equipment was July 30, when it was off the coast of the northern French town of Brest. On Aug. 2, the ship was spotted by Portuguese coastal patrol planes.
But the next day, Aug. 3, Interpol told the Dover Coast Guard that the ship had been hijacked more than a week before and asked the Coast Guard to stay vigilant. By that point, however, the ship had passed through the English Channel and had fallen off the radar.
Originally posted by grover
All told I would put my money on the ship sinking since if it were hijacked it would be so far from a safe port and so near well patrolled posts that it wouldn't be a viable operation.
Swedish police investigate pirate mystery
By Robert Wright, Transport Correspondent
Published: August 11 2009 21:02 | Last updated: August 11 2009 21:02
Swedish police confirmed on Tuesday night that they were investigating a bizarre series of events in which a ship reported an alleged pirate attack off Sweden’s Baltic islands and then disappeared somewhere off western Europe.
The 15 Russian crew of the Arctic Sea, a Maltese-flagged general cargo ship heading from Jakobstad in Finland to Bejaia in Algeria, reported being tied up and beaten by 10 men who boarded the ship at about 3am on July 24 off the Swedish island of Gotland, according to Ylva Voxby, a press officer for Sweden’s national criminal police.
Mysterious Cargo Aboard Iranian Ship Seized by Somalian Pirates Raises WMD Concerns
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Barry Artiste Op/Ed
An Iranian ship seized by Somali Pirates in the Gulf of Aden has raised suspicions by the United States when the Somali pirates upon ransacking the ships cargo soon started to drop dead like flies.
Many believe the Iranian Merchant ship the MV Deyanat's suspect deadly cargo was loaded onto the ship from China chemical manufacturers and was heading to Rotterdam.
Judging by the symptoms and recent untimely deaths of the Somali Pirates, it is believed the cargo was carrying radioactive elements.
The US and Iran are in a bidding war to get possession of the Iranian ship. The US has upped the monetary ante with the Somali government intermediaries in an attempt to find out exactly what the cargo contains, and Iran seems desperate to get the ship back.
Originally posted by moonwilson
Here's a theory- suspecting nuclear materials aboard, a special forces team boarded the vessel and swept it for radioactivity. Finding a radioactive source onboard, but not wanting to create "an incident", the special forces team disembarks the vessel, and allows it to go on its way. However, the ship is being shadowed by an attack submarine the entire time. Once the ship is well outside territorial waters, and in a nice deep spot, the submarine jams its radio, and torpedoes the vessel, taking care to sweep up any floating debris.
[edit on 13-8-2009 by moonwilson]
Originally posted by moonwilson
reply to post by blueorder
This is a conspiracy theory website, no? But what better way to deal with the (hypothetical) situation of finding nuclear materials aboard a merchant vessel? Sink the SOB. Send 'em to Davy Jones' locker, in such a way that nobody knows you did it.