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Drug smuggling in commercial shipping

With the maritime industry continually improving anti-narcotics operations around the world, traffickers are finding increasingly novel and ingenious ways of smuggling drugs.  Ian Short and Sam Jones, experts from Campbell Johnson Clark’s London office, explore the indirect legal and commercial consequences to shipowners and charterers arising out of delays and losses caused.

Warning of drug smuggling incident in Mexican port

Recently, a ship had just departed a Mexican port, when two trespassers were observed throwing three packages into the water and then jumping overboard themselves. Both the packages and the trespassers were retrieved by a small craft.

USCG Guidance for compliance with drug testing requirements amid COVID-19

USCG has issued new guidance to address all challenges facing employers to conduct mandatory drug testing during the COVID-19 pandemic response. In this context, USCG has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 10-20 to reiterate the importance of drug and alcohol testing and provide suggestions to overcome the challenges of compliance during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Artemis fatality Investigation report: Clear drug, alcohol policy defines acceptable limits, saves lives

In its latest investigation report UK MAIB focuses on a fatal incident concerning a skipper onboard a UK-registered fishing vessel ‘Artemis’ who fell head-first through an access hatch between the vessel’s wheelhouse and its mess deck 2.1m below, resulting to severe head injuries and died. The report notes that a significant factor of the accident was that the skipper was under the influence of alcohol.

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