The freighter Arctic Sea has been spotted off Cape Verde, according to a military source within the Coast Guard.
He said that if the vessel, mysteriously unaccounted for since the end of last month, steered within the Atlantic archipelago’s jurisdiction, action would be decided, taken jointly with international organisations. This hinted at possible boarding.
It is unclear where the Arctic Sea, carrying timber, has been since it dropped off anyone’s radar.
Doubt has been cast on whether piracy is involved.