Captain Mockett worked as a ship surveyor and consultant for Noble Denton and Lloyds. Rumors spread that he was on a mission to uncover the truth behind the true cause of the fire. It became clear that Mockett had been murdered, but by whom? Pirates? The Ship’s owner? Some thought his passing may have been a consequence of the Arab Spring, which caused immense disruption to Yemen and hindered the ability of British and US Navy NCIS agents to conduct a thorough investigation of both the ship and Mockett’s murder.
Then there was the salvage of the ship itself. Preventing the spill of nearly $100 million worth of crude oil of initially took precedence over determining the cause and the salvage team was not fully cooperating with investigators. Was Mockett’s death even related to the incident? Or was it a random act of violence against an expat? Some even suggested he had ties with the CIA.
Then Nick Sloan, a renowned South African salvage master, was employed to help secure the ship and extract the oil. Sloan reported discrepancies, as the forensic evidence did not match the testimonies of the boat’s key witnesses, and the captain had neglected to implement standard anti-piracy protocols. Additionally, potential evidence of a bomb was discovered in the engine room. To investigate the matter, Richard Veale, a former Scotland Yard detective and son of a longshoreman with a specialty in complex cases, was hired and recruited Michael Conner, a former police officer known as “Metal Mickey”.
It would take all of Veale’s intelligence and Metal Mickey’s courage to uncover the truth, and their story – brilliantly narrated by Bloomberg reporters Matthew Campbell and Kit Chellel in the new book Dead In The Water, A True Story of Hijacking, Murder, and a Global Maritime Conspiracy – takes readers on a journey from the mayhem of Piracy in the Gulf Of Aden, through the alleys of Yemen, around the esteemed offices of London’s maritime elite, in and out of the coffee shops of Piraeus, and to the doorsteps of the perpetrators of this heinous crime.
gCaptain has selected it as the best maritime book of 2022. It’s sure to ignite your emotions and take you on an unforgettable journey from the high seas to the depths of criminal avarice.
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