Arxivar per interpol
NINE UT The last news: “The Russian embassy in Cape Verde denied rumours that the Arctic Sea, a cargo ship that disappeared off the coast of Sweden at the end of July, had been sighted near the islands off the west coast of Africa.” I wonder what is going on! Maybe the Russian authorities want to say that the spotted ship is not the Arctic Sea in order to follow it secretly? When someone spots a ship how he or she can know which ship is looking at? I do not understand where the difficulty lies! You just make some photos of the Atlantic Ocean with satellites or some hight planes and you count the ships. Then you look through the AIS the ships that send a signal. The one who does not send a signal is the Arctic Sea …
ELEVEN FIFTEEN UT Wow! The AIS radar signal from the ship has reappeared during a brief period of time! This happened at 08:30 GMT this morning near LA ROCHELLE, in the BAY OF BISCAY:
TWELVE FIFTEEN UNIVERSAL TIME More confusion again! First one has to take into account that receiving the Arctic Sea’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) signal does not mean that the signal comes from the ship as the equipment may not be on the ship itself anymore. FURTHERMORE, according to French sources (Captain Jerome Baroe) the signals may have come from Russian warships that were heading from the Mediterranean to the Baltic Sea! So … WHERE IS THE ARCTIC SEA ….?
TWELVE THIRTY UT: BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!: “Sky News Online has learned that the Finnish, Swedish and Maltese authorities are conducting co-ordinated investigations into alleged aggravated extortion and hijacking of a missing cargo ship. The investigation relates to the disappearance of the 321-foot vessel, MV Arctic Sea. The announcement by the Malta Maritime Authority is the first time claims of extortion and hijacking of the ship have been confirmed by officials of the Maltese-flagged ship.” The source is of course SKY.COM.
Maybe they are refering to this press release: http://www.mma.gov.mt/uploads/MV%20Arctic%20Sea%20(update%20as%20at%2015th%20August%202009).pdf BY MMA.GOV.MT (MALTA MARITIME AUTHORITY)
FOURTEEN HOURS UT Now I read that a ransom has been asked to the owner company of the ship, SOL CHART MANAGEMENT with VIKTOR MATVEIEV as its director. This was said to AFP from Finnish Police. “Detective chief superintendent Jan Nyholm said: “Yes, it is true that there has been a demand for a ransom, which is money.” “The demand has been made to the company which owns the ship, Solchart Management in Finland,” he added.” could be read in http://www.novinite.com/.
FOURTEEN HOURS AND THIRTEEN MINUTES UT I just wanted to say that the ship may soon run short of fuel so I imagine that quite soon we will know something. You can read an update of the situation now at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/ It is funny because now there are websites that are giving no uptodate news and in that way making all this mystery even more chaotic. So, what happened yesterday in Cabo Verde Islands is still news for some websites. I feel that the Arctil Sea vessel hijacking has not only made clear the flaw in European water security but also in the way that the media reports. Now, from home, I can read news from any part around the world but the only thing I almost get is old information about the Arctic Sea whereabouts. Some news deserve a better processing and most websites are in this case out of touch with this fast moving world.
Let me put here a video from some days ago with some speculations about what may have happened by the editor of the Russian Maritime Bulletin, Mikhail Voitenko:
The video comes from