Arctic Sea expected at Spain's Canary Islands

19th September 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Arctic Sea cargo ship that went missing for several weeks is in international waters off Spain's Canary Islands and is expected to dock there soon, Spanish officials said.

Madrid - The Arctic Sea cargo ship that went missing for several weeks is in international waters off Spain's Canary Islands and is expected to dock there soon, Spanish officials said.

"It is in international waters and procedures are under way for it to enter the port of Las Palmas," a diplomat with Spain's foreign ministry told AFP.

Speculation has raged that the Arctic Sea -- which was allegedly hijacked by pirates in July before being recovered by the Russian navy in August -- may have carried a secret cargo, including possibly weapons bound for Iran.

Russian news agencies RIA-Novosti and Interfax on Friday quoted a military-diplomatic source as saying that evidence from the Arctic Sea had been loaded onto a Russian naval support vessel that was now headed for a Russian port.

A representative of the Port Authority of Las Palmas told AFP that a ship's representative had just started on Friday morning the paperwork needed for its entry to the port where it could be returned to its owner.

Russian officials said that nothing suspicious was found during an initial inspection of the Arctic Sea after it was recaptured by the Russian navy, but vowed a more thorough investigation.

AFP/Expatica

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