Russia’s Ghost Ship Reemerges
August 20, 2009 | From theTrumpet.com
The missing freighter has been located, but we’re still searching for the truth.
is not in the business of subscribing to, nor proliferating, conspiracy theories. In ourcraft, facts are friends. In general, we rely on hard evidence to reveal the truth about events andtrends, and the details about how they happened, or are happening.Sometimes, however, facts are used to discern the truth about what
happen.The recent “disappearance” and “reemergence” of the Arctic Sea, a Russian-manned and -operatedcargo ship, is a case in point. While facts shedding light on what exactly unfolded on board thefreighter during its 15-day “disappearance” are scant, the evidence we do have informs of what thisevent was not.This more than likely was
a mundane act of piracy.The saga began July 24, when the Russian-operated freighter was hijacked on the Baltic Sea by up to10 masked men masquerading as Swedish police searching for drugs. The invaders interrogated and insome cases beat the 15-man Russian crew, searched the vessel with a fine-tooth comb, and then,according to initial reports, fled on an inflatable dingy.Here’s where the story grows strange.It’s believed not until July 27,
a full three days later,
was the ship’s operator, Solchart, a Finnish
company run by three Russian businessmen, informed of the hijacking. “The vessel had all thenecessary modern means of communication and emergency alarms, and was located in waters whereordinary mobile telephones work,” notedMikhail Voitenko, editor of the respected Russian maritime journal
. “To hijack the vessel so that no one makes a peep—can you imagine how that couldbe? I can’t.” Two days later, Swedish police broke the story of the alleged hijacking, which took place near theSwedish island of Gotland. One day later, on July 30, the Automatic Identification System on thefreighter—which by this time had successfully passed through the English Channel—went silent, andthe 4,000-ton vessel became a ghost ship.By now, news organizations the world over began running stories on Russia’s missing cargo ship. Themedia was curious. People were growing concerned.