June 18th, 2012
11:08 AM ET

Syria-bound Russian cargo ship loses insurance

By Tim Lister

The U.K. marine insurer the Standard Club has stopped coverage for Russian operator Femco's cargo ship, MV Alaed, amid allegations it is carrying weapons to Syria.

"We were made aware of the allegations that the Alaed was carrying munitions destined for Syria and have already informed the ship owner that their insurance cover ceased automatically in view of the nature of the voyage," the company told CNN on Monday.

The vessel is currently off the north coast of Scotland, according to ship-tracking data. U.S. officials have claimed the ship is heading for Syria with attack helicopters and munitions for the al-Assad regime from the port of Kaliningrad.

The withdrawal of coverage applies to the whole Femco fleet of eight vessels entered with the company, according to officials at Standard Club in London.

The Alaed was proceeding southwest at a speed of 12 knots and was some 40 miles off the Scottish port of Thurso at 9 a.m. ET Monday. The data showed that it left Kaliningrad 10 days ago with a final destination of Vladivostok on July 24.

On Friday, U.S. officials said they were tracking a Russian military cargo ship, the Nikolay Filchenov, also believed bound for Syria. U.S. intelligence believes the Russians are sending the ship to help fortify its naval base in Syria as the situation in country continues to spiral out of control, Pentagon officials told CNN Friday.

RIA Novosti, Russia's state-run news agency, denied the report Monday, citing a source in the Black Sea Fleet who said the Nikolay Filchenov remained docked at its base in Sevastopol.

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  1. Story

    Abnormal this post is totaly urealnted to what I used to be looking google for, but it surely was once listed on the first page. I suppose your doing one thing right if Google likes you enough to position you at the first web page of a non related search.

    July 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  2. PBJ

    (...)Syria Says Ready to Evacuate Civilians From Bombarded Homs(...)


    1 TRUTH

    3 LIES


    Just in one sentance–

    June 19, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  3. BLT

    (...) Attacks have been reported in several towns, including Douma, Tafas, Deir al-Zor, Deraa and the capital city of Damascus.
    (...)The army attacks all the time. They have tanks, missiles, mortars and artillery. Even helicopters have fired on us.(...) People can't escape because the army is surrounding the town,said an activist.(...)

    June 19, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
  4. Talibob

    It's not a ship. It's a "Baby Milk" factory!!!

    June 19, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
  5. Q&A

    I do recall hearing once that Putin did think that the U.S. would exploit the Russian people for economic gain e.g. proverbial slavery like the Chinese does to its people–but worse–because the U.S. would hold a grudge after all the problems the CCCP made for the U.S.–

    June 19, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
  6. RCDC

    Wrong ship. It's Nikolay Filchenkov....

    June 19, 2012 at 2:35 am | Reply
  7. Q&A

    noted: india wants to be on the right side of history with regard to syria

    wasn't there a mayor in india came from california 10 or more years ago in and around the movie making areas

    June 18, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
  8. magneticink

    ...who knows what could happen with all those munitions on board...

    June 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  9. 2012marandalaw

    Reblogged this on Marinchek-Marn and commented:
    Thank You..For your help.That is so Important.

    June 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  10. Yup

    U.N Chapter VII over syria!

    June 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  11. al

    sorry for typing mistakes " their are no "american" officals in india #1 because not many people immigrate to india. "

    June 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  12. al

    the fact that the US Purchased slaves over 100 years ago has nothing to do with the disdain and distrust that these countries have towards eachother. Its all in the different policies, governments and ideals the countries have they dont see eye to eye over very much.and most wouldnt consider india a superpower just yet, they have advanced over the last decade but the lack the military capabilities in my opinion to be considered a superpower although their military in great in #s they lack the ability to reachout and hit someone not in their immediate theater of the world.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • al

      and the US hasnt invaded Syria

      June 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
      • azezel

        yet... I got my energy drinks and pop corn ready for the impending invasion though. Gotta support the team. Go UNMC lets nation build. Did we mention there might be oil contracts up for grabs for the contractors?

        June 19, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • Clinton

      al – The US hasn't engaged in Slavery in almost 150 years. What is even more ironic about the post this fool made is slavery is still a part of Indian Society, they just don't admit it or call it slavery, they still give away child brides to wealthy men to forgive debt... Tell me, how is giving a girl away to a rich old man as a form of payment not slavery? Disgusting... As for the India superpower crap... Really? A superpower is a country that can project it's military anywhere across the globe... honestly China is barely capable of this and can't really sustain military projection... So no, India is NOT a superpower, it is in the process of pulling itself out of 3rd world status but has a long ways to go.

      June 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
      • al

        thats basicly what i was saying i agree

        June 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
      • azezel

        India and china really haven't had to meddle because the us backed global peacekeepers have done all the meddling for the capstone over the past 30 years.

        June 19, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • Radgast

      All of humanity is at fault for one thing or another, the question bears to mind; is if we are evolving to better our species and what course do we migrate as a whole to reach a substainable path. Syria may take a bigger step forward even if other countries devolve in this process but overall the world is moving forward, much like a society can be best judged on its prisons, humanity will be decidely viewed by its graves.

      June 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  13. karbvi

    Anyone who is friendd with the communist state of Russia cant be trusted and needs their head examining

    June 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • Great India (Mumbai)

      Sir, Mr. Obama is also friendly with the great USSR and asked for a reset in relations. Indians support this reset as we are friends with USSR.

      June 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
      • TurthMatters

        I hate to break it to you two knucleheads but there is no Soviet Union, and Ruissia isn't communist. Its corrupt...but not communist. If you like fantasy try out that dungeons and dragons crap.

        June 18, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  14. karbvi

    India could not organize a p iss up at a brewers

    June 18, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
    • Great India (Mumbai)

      Sir, your bigotry is showing. Please cover up.

      June 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • John

        He might be a bigot, but he's right. India couldn't organise a two-ticket raffle.

        June 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  15. Great India (Mumbai)

    It is wrong of America to invade Syria. I think becuz you guys were slave traders thats why Syria and Russia don't trust you. They will trust India. We are friends with USSR. You must let India take the lead, we are a superpower.

    June 18, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • Clinton

      India is a superpower? You don't get out much do you?

      June 18, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
      • Great India (Mumbai)

        Sir, our soft power is far reaching than America. There are Indians in every country on this planet. Most communities were established before America came into being and people love Bollywood movies. Even in your country elected officials like Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley are of Indian origin. Can you name one-elected official of American origin in India?

        June 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • al

        ok just saying that was a horrible argument they are AMERICAN BORN and are Governers that i only know because i just google'd them and the age of a country has nothing to do with its power and their are no "american" officals in india #1 because not may immigrate it india. #2 American is hard to define we have whites, blacks asians hispanics we are represented by EVERY nationality so there is NO clear cut american Period. also hollywood trumps Bollywood anyday but thankyou for Kunal Nayyar.

        June 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
      • al

        sorry for typing mistakes " their are no "american" officals in india #1 because not many people immigrate to india. " i hope that clear it up

        June 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
      • Clinton

        to Great India (Mumbai) are you really that stupid? Your argument is that because people have abandoned your country and became citizens of another Nation that your influence is larger? LMFAO!!!! you're just dumb. Americans are ALL immigrants, the reason American's aren't all over the globe is people don't want to leave. This is the greatest nation on Earth and like it or not, America has the largest influence over the world, politically, economically, and socially. We have the most dominant culture on the planet. As for your argument about how you've existed for longer, no crap, of course you have, the sad part is, Even with that MASSIVE head start, you're still barely emerging from 3rd world status. What is your excuse for existing so long and a country like mine that has only existed for a blink of an eye in comparison, has surpassed you in technology, wealth, culture and human rights?

        June 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Trevor

      This individual looks like the same "Great India" that was posting non-creditable statements about what he's read about the F-22, and that the IAF pilots were able to soundly defeat USAF pilots in Red Flag in 2008. Looks likes he's changed his username, or this is someone related to him. Either way, this individual has made such ignorant remarks on previous posts, he probably holds the record for the most "counter statements" to his in the history of this forum.

      June 19, 2012 at 3:44 am | Reply

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