Missing Ship Spotted Off African Coast
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2009 12:35 PM CDT
The cargo ship Arctic Sea is seen in Kotka, Finland.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The Russian-crewed Arctic Sea has been spotted off the coast of West Africa today, say French officials who claim to have seen a ship resembling it near the Cape Verde islands. The Arctic Sea, last seen on July 30, is carrying $1.8 million in lumber and was due to deliver it to a port in Algeria, the Guardian reports. Watchers have suggested the hijacking could have been inspired by a Russian commercial dispute.