The crew of a container ship in Italy have handed in over 300kg of cocaine after finding it on board their ship.
The Ukrainian crew of Dimitris C, managed by Danaos Shipping Ltd, found bags of suspicious substances when the ship was on Genoa roads, in international waters.
The bags were hidden in a remote place on the deck and were discovered after a thorough vessel inspection. The crew are instructed to carryout the search upon arrival and after deporting ports as a way to limit the chances of substance trafficking.
Danaos released a statement to say:
“The suspicious substance, hidden in a remote place on deck, was discovered after a thorough search, which is carried out by the crew upon arrival and after departing from ports with increased probabilities of substances trafficking, as per the company’s standard policy.
The discovery was immediately reported by the Master to the company and the Authorities, again in accordance with said company policy.”
“It must be noted that as regards container carrier vessels, the content of the containers is not communicated neither to the vessel nor to her managing company (except for “dangerous goods” such as flammables, chemicals, explosives, as well as the content of reefer containers). Furthermore, loading – discharging operations are not carried out by a vessel’s crew, but by stevedores who are not the responsibility of the vessel.”
The discovery was reported to the company and the authorities in accordance with the company’s standard policy.
The vessel is of 3,430 TEU capacity and registered under the Maltese flag.
The ship, crew and operator are in no way related to this contraband attempt, on the contrary – Italian officials commend crew’s help in finding and seizing of the drugs. Prior to Europe, the ship was calling a number of South and Central American ports.
The vessel is currently berthed in the port of Genoa under the control of the Italian Authorities