Monday, August 17, 2009

Freighter Arctic Sea found

The cargo ship Arctic Sea was found late last night by the Russian navy. According to Lloyd's List, the freighter was discovered about 300 miles off the Cape Verde Islands after having been unaccounted for since July 29. Initial reports are that the 15 member crew of the ship were transferred to a Russian navy anti-submarine vessel, the Ladny, for questioning about what went on aboard the Arctic Sea these last few weeks. More details should be released shortly.

And even if this does turn out to have been a labor dispute between the freighter's crew and her owners and managers, the incident is still a reminder of the gaping holes in maritime security that need to be addressed.

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