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  • Seized cocaine shipment traced to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

    05/02/2020 10:42:33 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 2, 2020 | Isabel Vincent
    Four tons of cocaine worth more than $165 million seized off of the Spanish coast last week has been linked to Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro, US authorities said. Spanish, Colombian and UK police working in conjunction with the US Drug Enforcement Administration intercepted a ship carrying the drugs 300 miles off the coast of Galicia, in northern Spain.
  • MAERSK offshore supply tug attacked in Gulf of Mexico

    04/16/2020 7:44:58 AM PDT · by robowombat · 38 replies
    Maritime Bulletin ^ | April 15, 2020 1:51 pm | Erofey Schkvarkin
    MAERSK offshore supply tug attacked in Gulf of Mexico Erofey Schkvarkin News April 15, 2020 1:51 pm Offshore tug, supply ship MAERSK TRANSPORTER was attacked and boarded by armed pirates at night Apr 12 in Gulf of Mexico off Cuidad Del Carmen, Mexico, roughly in the same area where 3 days earlier Italian supply ship REMAS was attacked. Attack was carried out in same manner, too. http://www.maritimebulletin.net/2020/04/14/italian-offshore-ship-boarded-by-armed-pirates-in-mexico-waters-video/ Pirates took several crew as hostages and looted the ship, taking with valuable items. Crew luckily, weren’t hurt. Offshore tug, supply ship MAERSK TRANSPORTER, IMO 9388649, GT 4678, built 2009, flag Denmark, manager...
  • "Ghost Ship" Washes Up in Ireland

    02/18/2020 3:29:38 PM PST · by aMorePerfectUnion · 26 replies
    Marinelink.com ^ | Feb 18,2020 | Eric Haun
    An abandoned cargo ship has landed on the coast of Ireland after spending more than a year drifting alone at sea. The Irish Coast Guard said it responded to the vessel aground near Ballycotton, Cork on Sunday and discovered there was no one was on board. It turns out that the mysterious vessel is the 250-foot Tanzanian-flagged merchant ship Alta, which had been adrift since the U.S. Coast Guard rescued all 10 crew members on board after the vessel lost power while en route from Greece to Haiti in September 2018. At the time of the rescue, the U.S. Coast...
  • title:Now terror subs prowl Caribbean

    09/05/2008 2:25:41 AM PDT · by Man50D · 30 replies · 241+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | September 04, 2008
    The waters in the Caribbean and around Latin America for a long time have provided a path for illicit drugs to flow into the United States, but the U.S. Navy has increased its patrols in the region now looking for something else – Hezbollah terrorists, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. The Navy, in trolling for mini-submarines sometimes used to transport drugs, has discovered that some of them apparently are being operated by Hezbollah. The mini-subs are small semi-submersibles, made of fiberglass and capable of carrying up to four people plus a payload. They are popular with...
  • U.S. Navy Officer, His Wife, and Two Chinese Nationals Charged with Conspiring to Smuggle

    11/02/2019 3:06:58 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 48 replies
    justice.gov ^ | November 1, 2019 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 1, 2019 U.S. Navy Officer, His Wife, and Two Chinese Nationals Charged with Conspiring to Smuggle Military Style Inflatable Boats and Evinrude Military Outboard Motors to China Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez for the Middle District of Florida announces the return of an indictment today of four individuals, including two Chinese nationals, an active-duty United States Navy officer, and his wife, on charges relating to a conspiracy to unlawfully smuggle military-style inflatable boats, with Evinrude MFE military outboard motors, to the...
  • Tons Of Cocaine Was Caught From The Ship Owned By Jp Morgan

    07/15/2019 4:29:37 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 44 replies
    In one of many largest drug busts in U.S. historical past, federal authorities in Philadelphia seized practically 20 tons of cocaine—worth about $1 billion— last month from a ship owned by JP Morgan’s asset management arm. JP Morgan didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from Forbes. U.S. Lawyer William McSwain mentioned in a tweet that the sheer quantity of cocaine may have killed “hundreds of thousands” of individuals. A federal criminal investigation into the alleged smuggling working is ongoing. “This is among the largest drug seizures in the United States historical past. This quantity of cocaine may kill...
  • Coast Guard warns mariners of no offshore radio communications along South Florida coast

    06/27/2018 5:34:39 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 69 replies
    U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 06/27/2018 06:19 PM EDT MIAMI — Coast Guard Sector Miami reported a loss of radio communication capability Wednesday. The Coast Guard cannot monitor radio traffic offshore and is urging mariners to use extreme caution throughout the Miami Captain of the Port Zone, which includes the ports and waterways surrounding Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and the Miami areas. Mariners are reminded to check all safety equipment, carry a fully charged cell phone, and file a float plan with a friend or family member before getting underway. If in distress, mariners should...
  • FBI investigating dirty bomb threat on ship in South Carolina

    06/14/2017 10:47:48 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 9 replies
    News ^ | Staff
    Officials with the Coast Guard say federal and state authorities are continuing to investigate a potential threat which was reported at the Wando Terminal Wednesday night. Coast Guard officials say the FBI is investigating a report of a "dirty bomb" aboard a vessel.
  • Is Russia setting the stage for a nuclear apocalypse?

    08/26/2009 7:16:32 PM PDT · by Irisshlass · 53 replies · 1,981+ views
    Canadian Free Press ^ | Monday, August 24, 2009 | By Doug Hagmann and Sean Osborne
    can’t say anything about the roots of this story and I don’t plan to dig further… I need to think about my own skin too. Understand that as you will.” —Mikhail Voitenko, editor of the Russian maritime Bulletin Sovfrakht., speaking about the “hijacking” of the Arctic Sea While it might seem like an unusual morphing of the movies Inside Man and The Hunt for Red October, the account of the cargo ship Arctic Sea is far stranger than either fictional account. Based on information developed through our extensive investigation, we can authoritatively state, without hyperbole, that the mysteries surrounding the...
  • Mystery Ship to Syria Raises Questions

    04/17/2012 7:43:18 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 25 replies
    Jewish Policy Center (and American Thinker) ^ | April 17, 2012 | Shoshana Bryen
    The weekend report of a German-owned, Ukrainian-chartered ship carrying weapons to Syria should raise questions and alarm bells.  Der Spiegel reported that the Atlantic Cruiser, owned by the German company Bockstiegel, had been chartered by the Ukrainian White Whale company to pick up Iranian-origin cargo in Djibouti.  White Whale said the cargo was "mainly pumps and similar things," according to the German shipping agent.  However, the ship was refused entry for refueling at the port of Limassol, Cyprus after the crew told the Cypriots that the cargo was "weapons and munitions."  The Cruiser tried then to sail for Tartus, Syria,...
  • U.S. confirms Syria-N. Korea nuke link

    09/17/2007 2:20:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies · 123+ views
    World Tribune ^ | Monday, September 17, 2007 | staff
    WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that Syria has been seeking nuclear weapons from North Korea. "We do know that there are a number of foreign technicians that have been in Syria," Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Semmel said. "We do know that there may have been contact between Syria and some secret suppliers for nuclear equipment. Whether anything transpired remains to be seen." One North Korean-flagged ship, Al Hamad, arrived in the Syrian port of Tartous on Sept. 3. Three days later, the Israel Air Force attacked an unspecified target in northeastern Syria along the Euphrates...
  • Al-Qaeda's Sakka: I Funded Istanbul Bombings (Some interesting info)

    02/17/2006 8:11:24 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 16 replies · 689+ views
    Zaman ^ | February 18 2006 | Busra Erdal
    Newly released police testimony of al-Qaeda member Louai Sakka found in case records has come the fore. In Sakka’s statements it is written that he is the one who provided two terrorists with a passport before they organized the September 11 attacks. Sakka's testimony also gives us some clues that Murat Yuce, the Turkish driver kidnapped in Iraq, was killed by a terrorist of Sakka's choice. There were also some Turkish people who took part in the execution of Yuce. The following was the structure of al-Qaeda, according to Sakka: Leader Osama bin Laden, His assistants: Mohammed Atef (Abu Hafs...
  • Ghostly ships filled with dead bodies arrive on Japan’s shores

    12/01/2015 1:18:16 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 25 replies
    CNN Wire ^ | November 30, 2015 | CNN
    An unsettling mystery has washed up on Japan’s shores. Over the past two months, at least eight wooden boats have been found in the Sea of Japan on or near the coast, carrying a chilling cargo — the decaying bodies of 20 people, Japan’s coast guard told CNN. ll of the bodies were badly decomposed and “partially skeletonized” — two were found without heads — and one boat contained six skulls, the coast guard said. The first boat was found in October, then a series of boats in late November. Coast guard officials are now trying to unravel the riddle...
  • U.S. Sends Warships to South China Sea in an Apparent Attempt to Kick Off WW III

    10/12/2015 5:23:26 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 71 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | 10/10/2015 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    As if poking the Russian bear wasn’t enough, the Obama administration has now chosen to rile the Chinese dragon. In a move meant to project U.S. military power to the Chinese government, American officials announced that U.S. Navy warships will sail directly through a Chinese claimed 12-nautical mile zone in the disputed region of the South China Sea. The contested waters around the Spratly Islands, which China claims as its own sovereign territory, have been the cause of intense controversy. The U.S. has refused to recognize China’s territorial claims and believes the disputed area resides in international waters. Last month,...
  • Turkey: Al Qaeda suspect admits planning attacks on Israeli tourists

    08/11/2005 10:00:12 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 228+ views
    A Turkish court on Thursday charged a Syrian national suspected of plotting to slam speedboats packed with explosives into cruise ships loaded with Israeli tourists, lawyers and police said. According to The AP, defense lawyer Ilhami Sayan said the suspect, identified in the Turkish media as Lu'ai Sakra, was charged with membership in an "illegal organization." He was arrested earlier this month. Police said Sakra was linked to al-Qaeda. "I have no regrets," Sakra shouted to journalists as he was led into the courthouse. "I was going to attack Israeli ships. If they come, my friends will attack them." "I...
  • Judge Rules Sea Shepherd Wrongfully Sank Crippled ‘Whale Wars’ Vessel

    09/27/2015 2:15:44 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    Ecorazzi ^ | September 25, 2015 | MICHAEL DESTRIES
    The unfortunate drama surrounding the collision and sinking of the Ady Gil has finally reached a conclusion. An arbitrator last week ruled that the Sea Shepherd acted “wrongful” in their decision to scuttle the ship and not allow for proper salvage efforts. The trimaran, named for its benefactor and owner Ady Gil, a Hollywood TV businessman and animal activist, famously collided on January 7th, 2010 with a Japanese whaling vessel. The event, captured on film for Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars” reality series, drew international attention for both the conservation organization and its anti-whaling mission. While the Ady Gil was disabled...
  • Military Sources, "About 50 N. Korean Submarines Left Their Bases...Can't be Located"

    08/23/2015 12:08:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 216 replies
    Military Sources, "About 50 N. Korean Submarines Left Their Bases...Can't be Located" 2015.08.23 15:23 /begin my translation Dozens of N. Korean submarines left their bases at both Eastern and Western coast, and can't be located. Military are increasing their surveillance capability to track them, it is confirmed. That accounts for 70% of (N. Korea's) submarine fleet, which totals 70 ships. This is the largest rate of deployment since the Korean War. Military sources said, "This is 10 times more than their normal deployment level. Dozens of them left their bases at both coasts, and we are unable to track them."...
  • Iran releases Maersk Tigris cargo vessel seized in the Strait of Hormuz

    05/11/2015 5:43:39 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2015 | Jacqueline Klimas
    The Maersk Tigris was released Thursday, more than a week after the ship was seized by Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, according to a statement from the shipping company. The cargo vessel was transiting the Strait of Hormuz on April 28 when Iranian military vessels fired warning shots at the ship and directed it to proceed into Iranian waters. The ship and crew has been held ever since over a business dispute with Maersk Line. “The release follows a constructive dialogue with the Iranian authorities, including the Ports & Maritime Organization, and the provision of a letter of undertaking...
  • Fears Persist of Terrorism Links at Scuba School

    07/31/2003 3:32:04 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 16 replies · 303+ views
    LA Times ^ | July 31 2003 | Sebastian Rotella
    Few answers appear in the probe of students in Netherlands suspected of ties to Al Qaeda AMSTERDAM — The guys around the scuba school laughingly called them the "Al Qaeda Diving Team." But for law enforcement officials, it was no joke. Late last year, Dutch counter-terrorism agents investigating a possible Al Qaeda recruitment cell grew interested in the school because a man suspected of recruiting terrorists had become a certified diver and studied to be an instructor there. Iraqi-born Kasim Ali was one of between 50 and 150 Muslim men who had taken classes in recent years with the same...
  • Admiral Warns: Potential for Islamist Raids on European Islands

    04/24/2015 3:54:28 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 22 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 24, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    The security situation in the Mediterranean will continue to deteriorate to the point where we can expect Islamist raids on European islands, a recently retired Royal Navy Admiral has told Breitbart London. [snip] Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE, the straight-talking former Director General of the Ministry of Defence Development, Concepts, and Doctrine Centre, ... made the comments in an interview this week as European nations gathered to discuss the sudden migrant crisis gripping the Mediterranean. THE THREAT OF ISLAM Parry, who warned in a government paper in 1990 that Islam would replace Communism as the main threat against the West...