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Seized arms ship owner in talks with pirates

Sunday November 9 2008



MV Faina PHOTO/ FILE

MV Faina PHOTO/ FILE 

By AGENCIES

MOSCOW

Talks between the owner of the MV Faina vessel and the pirates are effectively going on, and there are reasons to believe that they will be completed within a few days, says a press release of the ship owner, published by the Morskoy Bulletin-Sovfracht journal.

According to Mr Mikhail Voitenko, editor-in-chief of the Morskoy Bulletin- Sovfracht, “the reports, by many mass media organs, mentioned the deliveries of food and water to the Faina.

According to Mr Voitenko, the dead body of the Faina skipper, who died recently, is still on board the ship, but they hope it will soon be taken to his home country.

Was captured

The Faina vessel was captured by Somalian pirates on September 25. It has on board 33 T-72 tanks and other armaments, which are intended, according to various versions, for Kenya or South Sudan.

The crew is made up of 17 Ukrainians, two Russians and a Latvian national. Russian – skipper Vladimir Kolobkov – died of a heart attack soon after the capture of the Faina by the pirates.

Nina Karpacheva, human rights commissioner of the Supreme Rada of Ukraine, said at a briefing recently that the Faina was owned by Vadim Alperin, an Israeli national. According to her information, she does not maintain contacts with him.

Mr Vadim Alperin is a businessman from Odessa. He was a deputy to the Odessa City Council from the Party of Regions.