ReCAAP Worries Missing Tug May Have Been Hijacked

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Feb 092010
 
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Tug Asta - missing, believed hijacked in Malaysian waters

ReCAAP, the anti-piracy organisation for Asia has alerted governent agencies in the region that a Singapore tug and its tow may have been hijacked off Pulau Tioman, Malaysia. Contact was lost with the vessel, it has reportedly deviated from its planned course and is believed to be heading north east in the South China Sea.

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Arctic Sea Round-up – How Much Is A Seafarer’s Life Worth In Europe?

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Aug 192009
 

imageAs the two-week kerfuffle over the disappearance, or not, of the 4,000 tonne Arctic Sea and her 15 man crew fades fro memory here’s a quick round up:

The Maritime Administration of Malta has issued the following announcement, which covers most bases:

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Arctic Sea Update – Eight Detained

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Aug 182009
 

image Eight people have reportedly been arrested for the hijacking of the Arctic Sea. It is alleged that the group of four Estonians, two Latvians and two Russians, approached Arctic Sea in a dinghy requesting help to repair a vessel then took over the ship at gunpoint on 24 July.

Arctic Sea’s crew of 15 are safe and are being debriefed by Russian naval personnel. The vessel, missing for two weeks after disappearing in the English Channel was found by the Russian Navy off Cape Verde Islands two days after denials were issued that she had been seen there.

Stil unexplained is why a Russian naval vessel transmitted an AIS signal from the Bay of Biscay on Saturday.

According to Malta’s Maritime Authority, Arctic Sea is flagged in Malta, Finnish, Swedish and Maltese authorities are conducting investigations in close cooperation into the alleged offences relating to the cargo vessel Arctic Sea.

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Arctic Sea Update – Criminal Investigation Underway

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Aug 172009
 

image Malta’s Maritime Authority has issued an update on the Arctic Sea, which is flagged in Malta, regarding an international criminal investigation:

The Finnish, Swedish and Maltese authorities are conducting investigations in close cooperation into the alleged offences relating to the cargo vessel Arctic Sea.

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Maritime Safety & Security News – 11 August 2009

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Aug 112009
 

Texas barge collision halts oil traffic: USCG
Reuters
There were no injuries but five crew members aboard the Caroline were rescued by a nearby vessel after the Caroline began taking on water, the Coast Guard

50-Foot Vessel Runs Aground in Newport, Oregon
Salem-News.Com
Coast Guard crews have responded to the grounding of the 50-foot fishing vessel Lori Ann, formerly the Little Linda, on Nye Beach near Newport, Oregon,

Vessel sailing under Georgian flag detained by Kamchatka Coast Guard
Daily Georgian Times
Only after a warning fire, the coast guard was able to detain the vessel. Reportedly, the vessel is registered in Batumi Port in 2006.

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Stolt Valor Hijacking Update

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Sep 182008
 

As of 2pm Japan time, as follows:

1) The vessel’s Master has confirmed on email and phone that all crew on board are safe and unharmed. All crew are confined to one location – the ship’s wheelhouse – but are being allowed to attend to their daily needs; however closely monitored by the Hijackers.

2) The vessel, under instructions from the Hijackers, has arrived at the port of EYL, on the East Coast of Somalia.

3) Vessel’s Owners have appointed a professional negotiator to engage into a dialogue with the Hijackers with the objective of ensuring that the crew remain safe and are returned as soon as possible.

The Stolt Valor was hijacked while she was in the Designated Safety Corridor in accordance with the Recommendations that were issued by the International Coalition of warships entrusted with the task of safeguarding vessels in the Gulf of Aden against Pirate attacks.

The vessel had also made the requisite reports to the UKMTO. The Master had further taken the additional precaution of keeping the vessel close to the Northern limit of the ‘safety corridor’ established by the International Coalition, that is, furthest away from the Somalian Coast.

The owners, with the assistance of the technical manager, are continuing to monitor the situation closely through the Authorities and will ensure the Authorities and all relatives are kept closely informed of developments as they unfold.

Chartered by Stolt Neilsen, Stolt Valor is owned by Central Marine Company in Hiroshima, Japan, and managed by Fleet Management in Hong Kong.