Skip to comments.Hunt on for 'hijacked cargo ship'
Posted on 08/12/2009 2:14:01 AM PDT by Jonny foreigner
A search is under way for a cargo ship which may have travelled through the English Channel after apparently being hijacked by pirates.
Coastguards fear the Maltese-flagged Arctic Sea, carrying 15 Russian crew, was hijacked in the Baltic sea.
UK authorities made contact before it entered the Strait of Dover but the Russian navy told the Itar-Tass agency it was now looking for the ship.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the situation was "bizarre".
Spokesman Mark Clark said: "Who would think that a hijacked ship could pass through one of the most policed and concentrated waters in the world?
"It seems strange to think that a ship which had been hijacked was passing along the channel along with ships carrying day-trippers going over to Calais for the day."
Hijackers may have been coercing the ship's crew when they made radio contact with coastguards at Dover on 28 July, the MCA fears.
Reports say Swedish authorities were told by the Finnish shipping line operating the 3,988-tonne cargo ship that it was boarded by up to 10 armed men claiming to be anti-drugs police as it sailed through the Baltic sea on July 24. The intruders apparently left the vessel - which was carrying about £1m worth of sawn timber from Finland to Algeria - 12 hours later on an inflatable boat after damaging the Arctic Sea's communications equipment.
But on 3 August, Interpol told Dover Coastguard that the crew had been hijacked in the Baltic Sea and asked UK authorities to be alert as the vessel passed through the channel.
By then the ship had already left the Strait of Dover and was last recorded off the coast of Brest, northern France, just before 0130 BST on 30 July.
The MCA said it was told the vessel...
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I guess its not the Somalis this time.
That wasn’t a joke. These people may not be interested in ransom.
I hope it’s not what we are all afraid of.
You mean just sank it in open water?
Maybe, but I was not precise in my first post. I meant they might not be interested in money. This could be a variation of the hijacking for terror.
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Live Piracy Report
The IMB Live Piracy Report displays all Piracy and Armed Robbery incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre in the last ten days. Click on the map for more details.
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03.08.2009: 2245 UTC: Posn: 05:28.44N - 005:04.41E, Escravos anchorage, Nigeria.
Five robbers wearing masks armed with automatic guns in a speed boat boarded a refrigerated cargo ship at anchor. They opened fire and kidnapped five crewmembers and escaped. The remaining nine crew were not injured and they sailed the ship to open sea.
04.08.2009: 1310 UTC: Posn: 13:32N - 048:50E, Gulf of Aden.
Eight pirates armed with automatic guns in a 7-8 meter long, blue coloured wooden boat, approached a general cargo ship underway at 15-17 knots. They fired upon the ship and attempted to board her several times. Master raised alarm, increased speed, took evasive manoeuvres, and activated SSAS, contacted coalition warships. Pirates aborted the attempted attack due to the effective anti-piracy measures. A coalition helicopter arrived at the location at 1341 UTC.
03.08.2009: 1500 UTC: Posn: 13:46.50N 050:42.30E, Gulf of Aden.
Ten heavily armed pirates in two boats fired upon a bulk carrier underway. The pirates fail to board the vessel due to evasive action taken by the master. All the crew and the ships properties are safe.
02.08.2009: 0130 LT: Posn: 02:51.65N 105:06.12E, South China Sea.
Five pirates on a boat armed with knives boarded a tug boat underway. All the crew mustered and managed to chase the pirates back into their boat. One crew slightly injured.
27.07.2009: 2355 LT: Posn: 01:05.41S 048:29.08W, Mosqueiro anchorage, Brazil.
Robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier at anchor. They tied up the watch keepers hands and stole ships stores and escaped.
02.08.2009: 2317 UTC: Posn: 03:55.461N 006:37.321E: Bonny river, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Heavily armed pirates in two speedboats, seven in each boat approached and opened fire on a bulk carrier at anchor. The vessel immediately heaved anchor and proceeded to open seas for safety reasons. One crew injured.
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Somali pirates guided by London intelligence team
Guardian News and Media Limited ^ | Monday 11 May 2009 12.59 BST | Giles Tremlett
Posted on May 11, 2009 12:02:25 PM PDT by gandalftb
The Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean are directed to their targets by a “consultant” team in London, according to European military intelligence.
Pirate groups have “well-placed informers” in London who are in regular contact with control centres in Somalia where decisions on which vessels to attack are made. These London-based “consultants” help the pirates select targets, providing information on the ships’ cargoes and courses.
In at least one case the pirates have remained in contact with their London informants from the hijacked ship, according to one targeted shipping company.
The pirates’ information network extends to Yemen, Dubai and the Suez canal.
This enables the more organised pirate groups to study their targets in advance, even spending several days training teams for specific hijacks. Senior pirates then join the vessel once it has been sailed close to Somalia.
Captains of attacked ships have found that pirates know everything from the layout of the vessel to its ports of call. Vessels targeted as a result of this kind of intelligence included the Greek cargo ship Titan, the Turkish merchant ship Karagol and the Spanish trawler Felipe Ruano.
In each case, says the document, the pirates had full knowledge of the cargo, nationality and course of the vessel.
The national flag of a ship is also taken into account when choosing a target, with British vessels being increasingly avoided, according to the report.
European countries have set up Operation Atalanta to co-ordinate their military efforts in the area.
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but this whole story sounds bizzare. because it took them 10 days to report to the police that the ship was hijjacked???
No....think it out.
The “obvious” would be it shows up again, nuclear weapon on board, and docks at its intended destination and blooie.
Except having disappeared, its reappearance would arouse all sorts of suspicion, and I doubt it would be allowed to get anywhere near land.
a short video reporting about this ship.
this is really strange because how in this world can someone hijjack a ship and nobody stops them in this part of the world?
Easy to paint a new name on the side of a ship while at sea.
So did they get off the boat 12 hours later or not? That is confusing me.
yeah this whole story is confusing. from the report “12 hours later on an inflatable boat after damaging the Arctic Sea’s communications equipment. “ so if they left the boat and damaged the communication why did the ship not just enter the next port? and if not how did the coast guard made contact to the ship if the communication has been damaged? there are a lot of questions.
Just like schools, ships might as well post signs there are no guns aboard and bad guys are free to kill and take what they wish.
Ship hijack ping - passed through the English Channel....maybe.
It is extremely curious. What are they trying to rob? The ship may have millions of dollars worth of timber but that is not exactly the most portable of loot!
If the authorities dont know that it is hijacked, why would they stop it? If a hijacker has a gun to the masters head, he’s going to say “Everything is fine” when the Dover coastguard hail him.
If the authorities dont know that it is hijacked, why would they stop it? If a hijacker has a gun to the masters head, hes going to say Everything is fine when the Dover coastguard hail him.
with a name like that it must be of ice breaker class and a rather small <400 foot breakbulker
to hijack a freighter with only 2M dollars in timber sounds a bit odd too
Russian criminals maybe or insurance scam?
here is an update if you are interested.
Russian navy joins hunt for ship (including submarines)
btw. this story is getting stranger every hour because why would russia use even their nuclear submarines to hunt down a low worth cargo ship. what to hell is on bord on this ship? timber? well i´m starting to think that i don´t believe that Timber is the only cargo.
where are the ship’s owners, cargo owners and insurers in all this?
radio contact from time to time via satphone or ship-shore is pretty common...even back in my day
we would get a patch through from Azores or Bermuda when crossing the pond or a big tanker with up to the minute comm gear would relay ship’s progress to me via satfax if they passed within VHF range as a courtesy
ship shore calls then were about 10 bucks a minute..this ship is about the same DWT as one of mine but newer...nice gear on her in that pic....3 holds and hatches with her fore and aft Macgregors partially opened while underway...a dryout I guess
maybe they wanted the ship...she’s only 17 years old...keeping Brit Lloyds and Russian class which in the case of the former ain’t cheap
Finnish built too I think...a fine ship I’d wager...worth a multiple of that cargo but with all this publicity unless she’s scuttled or broken up at some third world steel breakerage I’d wager she’s found
yeah but I’m gonna guess this is a 8-10 million dollar ship if she is Finnish built which I believe she is...well geared and looks like she’s been kept up and classed well
that is a lot to jettison over an arms deal
Exactly. What kind of rocket surgeon criminals hijack a boat load of lumber?
Well...we’ll see where she turns up. Maybe Guajira, maybe Nica, maybe Venezuela.
I think that may speak to what its all about.
They found it off the Cape Verde islands..see my recent link...up the thread.
strange...a scam maybe
or maybe it wasn’t carrying timber at all! seems like a crazy place to hijack a ship, in english waters like. Not exactly the spanish main is it?
but very bad luck to rename a ship