Three Spanish border agents have been rescued by suspected drug smugglers after a vessel collision sent the officers into the water and left their boat running in an uncontrolled turn. In fact, as Spain’s Guardia Civil reported, on the morning of Friday, 4 October, a boat operated by Guardia Civil officers crashed with a RIB go-fast launch carrying four suspected drug traffickers, during an operation off the coast of Malaga.
The challenges of life onboard a vessel may make crews more eager to the use of drugs or alcohol, which has implications for the safety of the vessel and everyone onboard; Thus, Maritime New Zealand cooperated with The Federation of Commercial Fishermen, Seafood NZ, Fishing InShore New Zealand, Moana Fisheries and Guard Safety to develop a comprehensive health and safety campaign.
During a coordinated sea-air operation on 19 September, the Indian Coast Guard seized a huge cache of ketamine drug worth Rs. 300 crore (=USD 40 million) onboard a Myanmarese ship, the agency informed on Saturday.
Authorities are conducting a series of random methamphetamine tests among Port Otago workers, as at least five persons operating heavy machinery were found positive for use of the drug at south east New Zealand’s port in the last three months.
Greek law enforcement authorities have seized more than 100 banana containers at the Port of Piraeus, after locating more than 120 kg of pure cocaine on a ship arriving from Ecuador. This is part of an investigation initiated in early August by Greek authorities.
Any level of alcohol consumption or illegal drugs by crew members onboard has implications for the safety of the vessel, the crew and any passengers. Even small quantities of alcohol have been shown to sufficiently impair seafarer’s fitness for duty and increase the risk of accidents.
The Mexican Naval Forces busted two packages containing cocaine from a cargoship in Altamira port, Mexico. According to the navy, the forces located 49 kg among iron ore at the carrier’s cargo hold. The Cyprus-flagged general cargo vessel arrived at the port of Altamira on September 5 from Colombia’s Barranquilla port.
The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) seized a record amount of heroin from a containership at the Felixstowe Port following an international investigation. The UK NCA discovered about 1.3 tonnes of the class A drug.
Hamburg Authorities seized 1.5 tonnes of cocaine onboard a containership, which was found during a search of an unmanned boxship the previous week, according to German Customs Authority.
British authorities seized approximately 398 kilograms of heroin in a container at the Port of Felixstowe on 2 August, in what is claimed to be one of the largest ever heroin seizures in the UK. The UK National Crime Agency (NCA) had identified a container ship suspected of carrying drugs en route to Antwerp.
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