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    21 December 2011 Last updated at 21:47

    Finland 'finds Patriot missiles' on China-bound ship

    The Thor Liberty is docked in Kotka
    The Finnish authorities have impounded an Isle of Man-flagged ship bound for China with undeclared missiles and explosives, officials say.
    Police are questioning the crew of the MS Thor Liberty after what were described as 69 Patriot anti-missile missiles were found aboard.
    Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen said the missiles were marked "fireworks".
    The MS Thor Liberty had docked in the Finnish port of Kotka after leaving Germany last week.
    Dock workers became suspicious after finding explosives poorly stored on open pallets, and the missiles were then found in containers marked "fireworks".
    The managing director of the ship's owner, Thorco Shipping, expressed surprise. Thomas Mikkelsen told AFP news agency from Denmark that he was unaware of the matter.
    Another company official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the ship had been detained in Finland and said the missiles could have been loaded on to the vessel by mistake, AFP adds.
    Police did not confirm Finnish media reports that the ship had also been scheduled to stop in South Korea, Reuters news agency reports.
    'Quite unusual' The MS Thor Liberty left port in Emden, northern Germany, on 13 December and docked two days later in Kotka, southern Finland, to pick up a cargo of anchor chains, said Finnish Customs spokesman Petri Lounatmaa.
    Patriot missile systems are supplied to US allies
    It was bound for the Chinese port of Shanghai but there was no indication for whom the military cargo was destined.
    Routine checks by Finland's traffic safety authority revealed a load of up to 160 tonnes of improperly packed nitroguanidine, a low-sensitivity explosive with a high detonation speed.
    "Actually in our investigation at the moment, we have got the information that we found 69 Patriot missiles on the ship and around 160 tonnes of explosives," said Detective Superintendent Timo Virtanen from the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation.
    Interior Minister Rasanen said she had not heard of a similar case.
    "Of course, there are legal transports of weapons or defence material [through Finland] but in this case the cargo was marked as containing fireworks," she told Finnish media. "That is quite unusual."

    Mr Lounatmaa said customs officials and police had launched a joint investigation into a possible breach of Finnish export and weapons trading laws.
    He said that the crew of about 32 were being questioned.
    Patriot missiles, designed by the US company Raytheon, are supplied to "US and allied forces", according to the company's website. South Korea is among states which deploy them.


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    Sounds like somebody was up to no good.
    It was bound for the Chinese port of Shanghai but there was no indication for whom the military cargo was destined.
    You'd think those suckers would have a serial number or barcode or something.

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    Lol! I guess that the smugglers decided not to tape the fed-ex address labels to the crates?

    I bet that there are serial numbers on the items just that the crates aren't identified, not the manifests.
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    finland!!!! awesome!!! we are awesome
    we don't have to make love to have an orgasm

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    ^ Don't piss them off, they have patriot missiles...
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    Quote Originally Posted by caramel View Post
    finland!!!! awesome!!! we are awesome
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    ^ Don't piss them off, they have patriot missiles...
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    And now with Patriot missiles
    People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint - it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff.

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    So..... foolhardy & with our Patriot missiles....
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    Germany: Patriot missiles impounded in Finland were legit shipment to South Korea

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    HELSINKI — A shipment of 69 surface-to-air missiles impounded by Finnish authorities was a legitimate delivery from Germany to South Korea, a German official said Thursday.

    The announcement came after Finnish authorities seized the Patriot missiles and 160 tons of explosives on a British-registered cargo ship and detained two Ukrainian crew members on suspicion of violating weapons export laws.

    Police said the missiles didn’t have the right transit documents and the explosive picric acid wasn’t properly stored on the M/S Thor Liberty, which docked in Kotka, southern Finland, on Dec. 15.

    A spokesman for Germany’s Defense Ministry said the missiles were an official shipment that was fully declared and had all necessary clearings from German authorities.

    “Those patriot guided missiles are from the Bundeswehr’s stocks and have been shipped to South Korea” according to an intergovernmental treaty, he said, declining to be named in line with government policy.

    He said no explosives were part of the shipment and he didn’t have any information on that part of the impounded cargo.

    Finnish officials said the explosives were destined for China. Markku Koskinen, the director of traffic operations at the port of Kotka, said they were deficiently packed in wooden boxes on open pallets and would be moved to metal containers in line with rules on the maritime transport of explosives.

    “We will do that as soon as the customs inspectors allow us to,” Koskinen told The Associated Press. “Otherwise, the shipment of explosives was legitimate and can continue on its way to China as soon as it’s safely packed.”

    The ship sailed from the north German port of Emden on Dec. 13 and was en route to China, Finnish officials said. It docked in Kotka to pick up a cargo of anchor chains and an old paper machine.

    Finnish officials impounded the cargo Wednesday and launched an investigation. Detective Superintendent Timo Virtanen said the ship’s captain and first mate were detained.

    “The missiles did not have the appropriate transit papers,” Virtanen said. “We are questioning all the other 11 crew members who are also Ukrainians.”

    Klaus Kaartinen, spokesman for the National Bureau of Investigation, said Finnish police and customs would continue their investigation into the cargo.

    “Even if the missile cargo is a legitimate shipment, from a Finnish point of view the law has probably been broken because it was not properly declared,” Kaartinen said. “Also, the explosives were stored improperly.”

    American-made Patriot missiles are used to counter threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. They are part of the U.S. Army’s weaponry and were extensively used during the 1991 Gulf war.

    Manufactured by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Florida, Patriot missiles have been in service in several countries, including Egypt, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and South Korea.
    Germany: Patriot missiles impounded in Finland were legit shipment to South Korea - The Washington Post

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    Bwahaha! I. The Germans are sticklers for paperwork, I can't believe that they didn't get it right II, the someone that did this paperwork is going to lose their job III. Now we all know how Germany is keeping it's economy afloat when so much of Europe isn't!!!!
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