Friday, August 14, 2009

Missing Ship Sighted

Arctic Sea off Cape Verde
Shipping News Feature

ATLANTIC - The vessel at the centre of an alleged piracy attack has been sighted some 400 miles from the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa.

The ship, last seen in the Bay of Biscay on the 30th of July, had attracted international attention after reporting being boarded off the Swedish coast on the 24th by 10 men who apparently left after 12 hours aboard, via inflatable craft.

The vessel then sailed through the English Channel and disappeared, failing to arrive at its destination in Algeria.

The subsequent confusion concerning the fate of the vessel led the Russian government to dispatch a number of naval vessels to investigate. According to Associated Press one of these is now heading for the reported location of the Arctic Sea.

It is to be hoped that the sighting is correct, that the ships 15-strong crew are all in good health, and that, finally, some questions may be answered with regard to this strange episode.