NSFW – Meet Natalia, The Crazy Russian Arctic ‘Oceanographer’ Who Polar Bear Plunges With Whales In The Nude

While not the first person to strip naked for whales, Natalia Avseenko may be the first to do it in near freezing Arctic waters. Natalia Avseenko, 36, a Russian scientist and professional diver stripped naked to swim with whales in the White Sea located at the northwest corner of Russia near the Arctic Circle. Why? According to Russian media, marine experts believe … [Read more...]

HR Recommendation Refloated in Charleston Harbor

A 441-foot Liberian-flagged freighter that ran aground in Charleston Harbor Tuesday after losing propulsion has been refloated, the Coast Guard says. No damage or pollution was reported after the vessel, the HR Recommendation, ran aground Tuesday evening while inbound to Columbus Street Terminal in Charleston, S.C.. The Coast Guard said watch standers received … [Read more...]

M/V Beluga Nomination released, condition of crew unknown

According to a report issued by EU NAVFOR task force, pirates released the M/V Beluga Nomination Wednesday, April 13. The vessel was pirated on January 22 approximately 390 nautical miles north of Seychelles while en route to Port Victoria in Seychelles.  At the time of the attack, the Nominations 12 crew members (made up of Polish, Filipino, Russian and Ukrainian) were able … [Read more...]

German police find evidence for serious fraud at Beluga Shipping

According to German online newspaper, Handelsblatt, Oaktree Capital, the US-based investment firm owning a 49.5 percent stake in Beluga, has sent documents to the Bremen prosecutor revealing that Beluga's leadership had grossly exaggerated earnings and had created fictitious invoices indicating millions of dollars of false orders between 2009 and 2010.   Beluga's order books on … [Read more...]

Police raid Beluga offices

According to various reports, local police in Bremen, Germany raided the offices of Beluga Shipping on Wednesday, looking for evidence of possible fraud by the group's former chief executive, Niels Stolberg. It is not clear if the day long search yielded more documentation relevant to the investigation launched two weeks ago against Stolberg and other Beluga officials, … [Read more...]