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Kaptain Uskov went missing with 17 Russians on board in Pacific, an act of piracy?

January 25, 2008 by Akiva  
Filed under Maritime Piracy Attacks, Maritime Security

Kapatain UskovThe rescue center at Vladivostok, in Russia’s Far East, said on Thursday (January 24, 2008) that the cargo vessel Kapitan Uskov with 17 Russian crew on board was missing in the East China Sea.

The Cambodia-registered ship transporting over 4,500 metric tons of rolled metal to Hong Kong last had radio contact on Sunday, the center said. The vessel left Russia’s Far East port of Nakhodka on January 15 and failed to arrive in China’s special administrative region on January 24 as planned.

Nikolai Sukhanov, the head of the Far East department of the Russian trade union of sailors, told Interfax that Pirates may have seized the Kapitan Uskov:

It is possible that pirates could have attacked the ship. The district where Kapitan Uskov went missing is one of the most dangerous in the world as to the frequency of pirate attacks. We do not rule out such a possibility

Read more on the Kaptain Uskov at EagleSpeak

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