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German weekly Der Spiegel reported that the Atlantic Cruiser was halted in the Mediterranean after its owners were warned it was suspected to be carrying Iranian military equipment to Tartus, Syria, where it was supposed to arrive Friday.
Der Spiegel quoted shipping agent Torsten Lueddeke of Hamburg-based CEG Bulk Chartering as saying: "We stopped the ship after we received information on the weapons cargo."
He said the ship had been chartered to an Odessa, Ukraine-based company called White Whale Shipping and "they declared to us as cargo above all pumps and things like that," according to the report. "We would never have allowed weapons on board."
The ship's current whereabouts weren't clear. Der Spiegel -- which reported that the suspect cargo was loaded in Djibouti -- said it had changed course for Iskenderun, Turkey, on Friday and then stopped about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Tartus and sailed in circles.
Sailing in circles. Perhaps it's not just weapons they're shipping from Iran...
Posted by trailing wife 2012-04-14 16:46||
#5 Thank you TW!
Djibouti? Isn't that port supposed to be reasonably friendly to us? Or is that why we found out about the arms?
But knowing the arms came out of Djibouti means we can work backwards to trace them.
First things first: The Turkish or Cypriot Coast Guard needs to escort that ship to a non-Syrian port for inspection.
Posted by Steve White 2012-04-14 17:12||
#6 Where's the ship with the legs?
Posted by gorb 2012-04-14 18:33||