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THE WAR IS BACK ON: Thor Liberty departs with missiles and explosives (Updated)

Posted by George Freund on January 8, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Thor Liberty departs with missiles and explosives

published Thu Jan 5 03:26 PM, updated Fri Jan 6 10:19 AM

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The Thor Liberty was reloaded with its cargo on Thursday evening.

Image: YLE

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The Thor Liberty, a Manx-flagged ship stopped at Kotka harbour before Christmas carrying Patriot missiles and over 150 tons of explosives, has departed Finland, headed for Asia.

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According to reports, the 69 Patriot missiles that had been impounded by Finnish officials and the explosives were re-loaded aboard the vessel before its departure.

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A travel ban on the two main officers was lifted Thursday. However, the Captain and First mate are being charged with a dereliction of maintaining seaworthiness and possibly of transporting military materials without transit documents.

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Transit permits for the materials the ship is carrying were approved by the Finnish government on Wednesday.

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Charges filed

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State Prosecutor Juha-Mikko Hämäläinen says the ship’s captain should have understood that packing explosives in cardboard containers did meet cargo shipping requirements.

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“This is a case of inadequate packaging. The explosives were packed in cardboard boxes when they should have been placed in separate closed containers,” he told YLE.

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If convicted, the Captain and First Mate will most likely face fines.

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The cargo included 158 tonnes of explosives loaded in cardboard packaging. Regulations stipulate the cargo should have been loaded into sealed containers.

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The decision by the State Prosecutor to press charges did not affect lifting a ban on travelling earlier imposed on the Captain and the First Mate.

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They are also suspected of defence material export crimes.

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The Manx-flagged ship was intercepted at Kotka harbour before Christmas, when 69 missiles and over 150 tons of explosives were discovered onboard without proper transit papers.

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YLE

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They know we're peeking. The ship fell off the radar.

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Last known positions: MMSI 235218000

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We're back on line. The Thor Liberty is anchored off Kiel awaiting passage through the canal.

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