Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Return of the Arctic Sea

So Company, I don't know if you remember this but not too long ago we were looking into the stunning saga of the Arctic Sea, which was hijacked and then sort of disappeared somewhere beyond France. Well, it has been found, thanks to the might of the Russian Navy and the propensity of its admirals to find ships whose locations they already know.
Wait, what? Yeah. This story is getting more and more bizarre and complicated as the details come out. First of all, let's start with this fact that if you look, a very handsome and friendly local blogger said that they would find the ship floating somewhere around the Azores. Well, I was wrong, but the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa, which is where the Arctic Sea was found, or at least reported found, are not all that far away, so basically I was as close as I could have been without actually being correct, and I was right in THEORY and SPIRIT, which is about all the more one can ask, isn't it?
Anyway, on August 17 the Russian Navy reported that the 15 crew members from the Arctic Sea had been taken aboard a Russian Navy vessel and were basically fine. Well that's a relief. Does anyone care to tell us what happened to them? Why they were inept enough to be hijacked off the Baltic Coast of Sweden. Why they then passed perfectly normally through two of the busiest shipping lanes in the world. Why they were spotted off the coast of France and then they disappeared into the ether. Why no one ever set off a distress signal. Why, why, why...
First, let's look at how anyone managed to get hijacked in Sweden. That is quite a feat if you think about it, because that is a major, modern European democracy. Apparently the hijackers approached the ship in a dinghy and declared that they needed help to fix their vessel. Okay, let's think about exactly what is wrong with that scenario. Now I know that you aren't going to refuse help to a small dinghy at sea, but still...that doesn't jive. First of all, who is out in the Baltic Sea hanging around in a dinghy? Really, who does that? That's just not right. So that should have been the first sign that something was seriously amiss. But they did the nice thing of the sea apparently, and look at where that got them. The Cape Verde Islands. The people from the dinghy pulled guns and forced the crew to sail south.
So why did it get through all those sensitive areas without so much as a peep or a whisper? Why was there never any distress signal let off? Well that is a question that is answered easily enough. If you were a hijacker would you let the crew give off a distress signal? Would you let them tell the controllers in England that they had been hijacked? I certainly wouldn't, and that's why I have never been arrested for being a pirate. Check mate. What I would have done was to have put the crew like down in the hold somewhere where there is no radio, porthole, air, oxygen, daylight, or hope of escape. But that's just me. And apparently a consortium of four Estonians, two Latvians, and two Russians think the same way as I do because that is roughly what they did. So you could imagine why there was no real distress radioed by the people on the ship.
Okay, so then how was it that this ship managed to get lost bobbing on the oceans? That's the question I asked before. Well, turns out that it was never really lost. HAHAHAHA! OH MAN, WE GOT YOUR GOOD YOUR FUCKER! That's what the Russian Navy is saying to the world right now, except they are probably saying it in Russian. And the authorities in Malta. They told us, after it was all said and done, that they had been tracking the ship the whole time it was supposedly "missing." Well isn't that a slap a face, Company? I think so. Turns out the Russians knew where the thing was the whole time too. They have said that they kept the location of the boat a secret because they wanted to protect the health and welfare of the crew. I am not exactly sure how me or Mike-a-licious or Mitch Stetter knowing where the ship was located would make the pirates angry or more volatile, but apparently the authorities thought it would. So we all had to sit and sweat it out and wonder what the hell was going on while everyone who was in the know totally knew. Great.
Now, even though the Arctic Sea has been found, and the crew is as safe as one can be on a Russian Navy vessel, there are still a lot of rumors and confusion surrounding the story of the Arctic Sea. Finnish police have said that they were working on a ransom demand, although they didn't know whether or not it was authentic. There have been reports that the ship was hijacked a second time off the Portuguese authorities have said it was never in their territorial waters. And if the Russians know more, then they certainly are not telling us, but then again that shouldn't surprise anyone because they didn't even tell us when they knew where the ship was located. Now, a safe berth somewhere is trying to be secured for the poor ship so its seaworthiness can be determined, and it looks like ever more strife in the life of the Arctic Sea.

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