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The Maltese, Finnish and Swedish maritime authorities have revealed they knew of the location of the hijacked Russian cargo ship, the Arctic Sea, during its so-called disappearance.
Maritime authorities from the three countries said they had been keeping an eye on the ship but did not reveal information for the safety of the crew of the freighter.
Russian authorities, who were on the ship that caught up with the Arctic Sea, have said the hijackers had threatened to blow up the vessel if a large ransom was not paid.
They said eight pirates, from Russia, Estonia and Latvia, were arrested.
The Arctic Sea, which was sailing under the malltese flag, disappeared from the radar at the end of July.
On Monday, after a three-week chase, the Russian navy stormed the ship and arrested the pirates.
Originally posted by RoofMonkey
Originally posted by sanchoearlyjones
reply to post by RoofMonkey
I am no expert, but no ships make it into the Great Lakes.
Edmund Fitzgerald - 729 ft (222.2 m) freighter. Sank in Lake Superior in 1975. Even had a song written about her.
Originally posted by JennyJen
Correct me if I'm wrong, I've only just started reading into all this, but The Maltese, Finnish and Swedish knew but Russia, with all their technology, didn't?
Was there a secret cargo on the Arctic Sea?
Updated on 21 August 2009
By Sue Turton
Allegations that cruise missiles destined for Iran were hidden beneath the Arctic Sea's cargo are dismissed as 'ridiculous' by Russian authorities. Sue Turton reports
Questions about the hijacking of the Arctic Sea freighter have reached diplomatic levels, with Russian authorities denying that the ship had been smuggling arms.
Russian ambassador to NATO, Dmitri Rogozin, described allegations from some military experts that cruise missiles destined for Iran were hidden beneath the ship's cargo as "ridiculous."
Sue Turton has been piecing together what we know so far.
Originally posted by Old Farmer
Interesting that the ship's transponder has not been turned on. The Russian navy could replicate it's signal earlier but maybe they forgot the settings.
On the other hand maybe they don't figure that they need it to continue the ship's journey to deliver the weapons to Chavez.