Repost I believe.
http://www.en.rian.ru/russia/20090812/155790435.htmlMedvedev orders search for missing Russian-crewed Arctic Sea
MOSCOW, August 12 (RIA Novosti) - President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered measures to track a Finnish-owned cargo ship crewed by Russians, which was last sited off Portugal's Atlantic coast on August 1 and may have been hijacked, the Kremlin said.
The order came after Solchart, the owner of the dry cargo vessel, requested Russian assistance to trace the ship on Tuesday. The relatives of the missing crew have also called on Russian authorities to help search for their loved ones.
The Arctic Sea set off from Finland on July 23, carrying timber, and was due to arrive at the Algerian port of Bejaia on August 4.
Some media reports said contact was lost with the ship on July 28, after masked men claiming to be police briefly seized the vessel in the Baltic Sea on July 24 tying the crew up and searching the vessel. A sailor was quoted by the media as saying the men left the ship after the 12-hour ordeal, and the Arctic Sea resumed its voyage.
However, suspicions are growing that the crew member could have been threatened and that the ship was in fact hijacked.
The vessel was reported to have been last seen by a Portuguese patrol boat.
Media reports said the Arctic Sea, which flies the Maltese flag, had a crew of 13 sailors on board as of late March.
Russia's Defense Ministry said later on Wednesday that it had dispatched Black Sea Fleet vessels now on a mission in the Atlantic to hunt for the cargo ship, and all search-and-rescue means, including satellite reconnaissance, have been deployed.
One of the navy vessels, the Ladny frigate, has passed the Straits of Gibraltar and is on its way to where the Arctic Sea is believed to have been last sited.
Portugal was reported to be carrying out its own search.
http://www.en.rian.ru/russia/20090810/155776150.htmlSomething extraordinary happened to missing Atlantic ship - expert
MOSCOW, August 10 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian maritime expert said on Monday that "something extraordinary" must have happened to a cargo ship that went missing off Portugal's Atlantic coast.
The Russian maritime journal Sovfracht reported on Sunday that the Arctic Sea dry cargo vessel, expected to arrive at the Algerian port of Bejaia on August 4, was missing.
It said "the vessel literally disappeared on July 28: there has been no communication, and neither the ship-owners nor the relatives [of the crewmembers]...have any information about its whereabouts."
Sergei Gulev, head of the Russian Academy of Sciences Oceanic Studies Laboratory, said he did not believe that the ship could have been momentarily "sucked into the sea" or could have fallen apart: "It's not an airplane."
"If it did not send a distress call, therefore, something extraordinary must have happened to it, which had nothing to do with any meteorological phenomena."
He did not offer any other explanation.
On July 24, people who claimed to be police stopped the Arctic Sea in the Baltic Sea, tied up the crew and searched the vessel for 12 hours. The Arctic Sea resumed its voyage after they left the ship.
According to media reports, the Arctic Sea, which flies the Maltese flag, had a crew of 13 as of late March.
Russian oceanic aliens strike again.
Soviet Philadelphia Experiment
I don't know why but this reminds me of an episode of Scooby Doo and the ghost ship.
Ahh.... finally I found the English title on a movie..."The Final Countdown"
The ship encounters a strange storm-like vortex which disappears after the ship passes through it. They find all normal communication with shore has been cut off except for World War II broadcasts and a very old Jack Benny radio skit. A reconnaissance flight is sent to Pearl Harbor while two fighter jets patrol locally. The fighter pilots are surprised to encounter two "mint condition" World War II Japanese fighter planes, as are the Japanese pilots to see the Navy jets. The jets also fly over a small yacht carrying a U.S. Senator, his secretary, her dog, and a friend of the Senator on board.
Ok.... that's what happened with the ship.
On a serious note...one wonder WTF have happened to the ship and the crew!